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Stores tightening return policies this year

Why you need to make returns before mid-January
L.L.Bean drops its unlimited, no-questions return policy
Posted at 11:49 AM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-26 12:18:47-05

The weeks of shopping are over. Now it's time to enjoy those holiday gifts.

But what if you don't want one or two? Then you need to know which retailers you will need to rush to, in the next week or so.

Stores used to give us months, even a year to return holiday gifts. Not anymore.

A report in says for the 2019 holiday season, a number of major stores have tightened the screws.

Among them:

Best Buy: January 14th is the return deadline for most holiday purchases.

Walmart: TV's must be returned within 30 days, not 90 anymore.

The Apple Store: Just 14 days for most items, one of the shortest return periods of any major retailer.

Target: Just 30 days for electronics, and 15 days for Apple items.

Macy's: 90 days, which is generous but shorter than the previous 6 months policy.

Read the full ConsumerWorld report HERE.

Even the best-rates store tighten policies

And from the "doesn't that stink" file, the disappearing no-questions-asked lifetime return policy. Retailers like LL Bean, Costco,and Nordstrom have been praised for years for their generous policies. But even those are changing.

LLBean used to replace boots and backpacks (and just about everything else) forever. But that changed in the past couple of years, which could have you saying "doesn't that stink," if your boots split after a few years.

Even Nordstrom, which used to take anything back without a receipt, is now limiting returns to prevent customers from borrowing dresses ("wardrobing") and then returning them.

However, LL Bean, Nordstrom, and Costco still have some of the most generous policies of major stores, despite their cutbacks.

Sure, there's no need to rush out the first couple of days after Christmas, when return lines are longest.

But don't wait much longer than January 8th, just to be safe and so you don't waste your money.


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