Check Return Policies If Shopping For Christmas Early

This tip is regarding returns to stores. If you are like me you like to shop early for Christmas. I went into a shop at the end of October to purchase a gift for my sister-in-law. I just happened to think and ask about their return policy. They said 30 days. I told them that this was to be a Christmas gift, which would be longer than 30 days before I gave it.


What if she couldn't wear it? They told me that would just be to bad. No returns 30 days after the receipt. Even if it was unworn, all tags still attached and in the exact same bag as I left with. NO deal. I walked out of that store empty handed.

Most places at least offer a gift receipt so the recipient can return it if need be. Be aware of strange policies. You might get stuck with something no one can wear.

By Connie H. from Smithville, TN

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By Harry (Guest Post)
November 12, 20080 found this helpful

I also have done early Christmas shopping. Last week when I bought some clothes for Christmas gifts at J.C.Penny I told the cleck the items were for Cristmas gifts and what would happen if the items did not fit and they had to be returned.


She said no problem I will give you a gift return slip which she did along with my purchase receipts. L.L.Bean also gave me gift return receipts.

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By Donna from Hertford, NC (Guest Post)
November 24, 20080 found this helpful

I wanted to give everyone a heads up that if you tend to give gift cards
around the holidays, you need to be careful that the cards will be
honored after the holidays. Stores that are planning to close after
Christmas are still selling the cards through the holidays even though
the cards will be worthless January 1. There is no law preventing them
from doing this. On the contrary, it is referred to as 'Bankrupcy
Planning). Below is a partial list of stores that you need to be
cautious about.

Circuit City (filed Chapter 11)
Ann Taylor- 117 stores nationwide closing
Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug ,and Catherine's to close 150 stores nationwide


Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January
Cache will close all stores
Talbots closing down specialty stores
J. Jill closing all stores (owned by Talbots)
Pacific Sunwear (also owned by Talbots)
GAP closing 85 stores
Footlocker closing 140 stores mo re to close after January
Wickes Furniture closing down
Levitz closing down remaining stores
Bombay closing remaining stores
Zales closing down 82 stores and 105 after January
Whitehall closing all stores
Piercing Pagoda closing all stores
Disney closing 98 stores and will close more after January.
Home Depot closing 15 stores 1 in NJ ( New Brunswick )
Macys to close 9 stores after January
Linens and Things closing all stores
Movie Galley Closing all stores
Pep Boys Closing 33 stores
Sprint/Nextel closing 133 stores

JC Penney closing a number of stores after January
Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores.
Wilson Leather closing down all stores
Sharper Image closing down all stor~s
K B Toys closing 356 stores
Loews to close down some stores
Dillard's to close some stores

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By Donna from Hertford, NC. (Guest Post)
November 24, 20080 found this helpful

Also, some of the shopping channels such as ShopNBC, QVC and HSN have return policies until 1/31/09. I've found a lot of great bargains there and this return policy even works with Clearance (which is where I shop).

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