Special holiday return policies of popular stores
Consumer World is run by Edwgar Dworsky, a highly respected consumer rights attorney. It is pretty sweet having an attorney read the return policy fine print for you, but I advise you to use the chart only as a general guide. Make sure you check out these policies for yourself before making a return or purchase.
"Some retailers relax their regular return deadlines at holiday time by extending the return period into January. Remarkably, in Consumer World's spot check of in-store return policy signage, some stores failed to post the terms of their holiday policies. Nonetheless, some chains with generous regular or extended holiday return deadlines include:"
|Amazon.com||January 31 (for most items shipped 11/01 thru 12/31) 15% restocking fee: open computers.|
|Best Buy||January 8 (for camcorders, digital cameras, printers, monitors, projectors, radar detectors); Jan. 24 (all other items bought since Nov. 1). Computers: 14 days from purchase only|
|Buy.com||Holiday return policy eliminated.|
|Circuit City||January 25 most items; Jan. 8 for 14 day items including computers|
|Costco||No deadline (except computers)|
|Kohl's||No deadline (with receipt)|
|Marshalls||January 6 (for purchases Oct. 29 - Dec. 6)|
|Overstock.com||By January 10, initiate return of most items purchased Nov. 1 or later|
|Staples||No deadline for office supplies. (January 6 for electronics and furniture bought since Nov. 24)|
|TJ Maxx||January 7 (for purchases Oct. 29 - Dec. 6)|
|Target||Target: 90 days from purchase (15% restocking fee on portable electronics, digital cameras, camcorders; specially marked clearance items only qualify for current sale price)|
|Toys R Us||90 days (45 days for unopened electronics, video products)|
|Wal-Mart||90 days most items (other items: 15 days [PCs], 30 [cameras], or 45 [PC accessories.])|