Hassle-free holiday returns
Two-thirds of us will take back at least one gift this year, Offers.com says. Here, how to make it easy
To return an online buy: Look for lockers
Online retailers are making it easier than ever to return gifts by allowing you to take items back to brick-and-mortar locations. And Amazon has introduced more than 2,800 lockers in grocery and convenience stores across the country, where you can return purchases from the site! Just visit Amazon.com/returns and make a return request.
You’ll get an email with instructions on dropping it off. Have to ship an item back yourself? “Compare rates from carriers like UPS and FedEx at ZipShipIt. com and choose the option that best fits your budget,” advises Courtney Jespersen, a savings expert at NerdWallet.com.
To unload a gift card: Sell it here
Gift cards have been the most popular Christmas present for 12 years running. But if you receive one for a store you don’t shop at, you can resell it to recoup the cash. “Visit sites like GiftCardGranny.com and Cardpool.com to sell cards you don’t want,” suggests Sarah Hollenbeck, shopping and savings expert at Offers.com. “Just enter the card information to get an instant offer. Cardpool even has kiosks and cashier-assisted locations in many supermarkets and Target stores, where you can trade unwanted gift cards for cash or exchange them for cards you’ll actually use.”
Another option: Sell your card on your own. Simply sign in to Facebook and click on the Marketplace, then post your gift card and your asking price. Interested buyers will respond and you can arrange delivery.
To return without a receipt: Act fast
Even if you’re unsure where the gift you wish to return was bought, you’re not stuck with it! Simply download the ShopSavvy app (free for iOS and Android) and scan the barcode to see what store near you sells the item. “Just be sure to return it as quickly as possible—at the very least, within 30 days,” advises Trae Bodge, a money-saving expert at TrueTrae.com. During the holidays, many stores relax their policies, allowing returns without a receipt (you’ll likely get a store credit for the price of the item). “But if you wait, the item may go on clearance,” warns Bodge.