After Christmas Return Policies – Target, Walmart & More
One of the busiest times for retailers happens after Christmas when unwanted or broken gifts are brought back to be returned. I’ll tell you, I have spent too much time in return lines over the years, so I try to wait a week or so before I make the trek back to the store to make a return. BUT, there are always good sales after Christmas, so it is sort of a catch 22.
The best way to make the return trip back to the store is to follow some easy steps before stepping foot into the store. Here are a few…
Return Policies by Store
- Target: 90 days, but most electronics are 30 days, counting from Christmas Day.
- Walmart: 90 days, except electronics (15 days) and some machinery (30 days).
- Best Buy: Jan. 24 for most purchases after Nov. 3.
- Kohl’s: No deadline.
- Macy’s: Furniture within three days; mattresses within 60. No deadline otherwise.
- Sears: 90/60/30 days depending on item. Jan. 24 for 30/60-day items. Report damage within 72 hours or refund can be rejected.
- Office Max: 30 days, but items no longer stocked are excluded.
Avoiding unhappy moments with a return:
- Keep all receipts. Write latest return date on the back.
- Expect a store credit or exchange. Few will offer cash.
- Be sure all UPC bar codes are still on the box. Missing codes indicate fraud.
- Be wary of online returns. Get an authorization number before shipping items back.
- Keep all original packing. A missing manual can mean rejection.
- Wait until after the holidays to avoid crowded return lines.
Source: Consumer Reports