How to Return the Holiday Gifts You Hated
Posted on January 05, 2014
Updated 7/30/15 11:25am | If you’ve gotten
stuck with a holiday gift that you have no use for, Alert1 has got you covered.
Our guide to returning your most hated holiday gifts will make sure you get the
most out of your unwanted items. And for you gift givers that always find yourselves forking over gift receipts, there's still time to change your ways. Give the gift of safety and independence with a senior medical alert system!
Find Out Where the Gift is From
Determine where your
gift giver bought the hated holiday gift. This is tricky as most gifts are
wrapped as presents with no indication on the store of origin. If you open the
gift and immediately dislike it, you’ll want to announce “Hey I just saw this
at Best Buy!” If that doesn’t elicit any information from the gift giver, you
have one last resort-the internet. Call up your favorite search engine and enter
the product name to find the list of merchants.
Return Policies without receipts
surprising number of stores have lenient return policies. Stores like Wal-Mart will allow refunds of $25 or
less, and store credits for $25 or more. Nordstrom has a policy of not having a
return policy at all! Just return your Nordy’s gift to the store with no
receipt, no hassle. (It could even be worn!) Other stores that do not require a
receipt are L.L. Bean and Costco. Whether you're a gift buyer or gift receiver it's best to understand the full refund policy. At Alert1, our medical alert systems for seniors have clearly stated terms and conditions.
returning a gift, return as soon as possible. Similar to Alert1's 30-day money back refund, some stores have extended 90-day return policies. The closer to the date of purchase, the more likely it can be returned.
Additionally, make sure you still have the original packaging. Stores can’t
restock unwrapped items. Don’t forget to be as understanding and amicable as
possible—you want the store clerk on your side. Alternatively, anticipate that
store credit is the only option possible. Hey, a better option than receiving nothing!
says your unwanted gift can’t be the gift that keeps on giving? The Salvation
Army, Goodwill, Toys
for Tots and
numerous other organizations are more than willing to accept donated toys,
clothes and other handmade paraphernalia. You can also try your local church. Alert1 endorses many charities both during the holiday season and throughout the year.
Re-gift the gifts
person’s trash is another’s treasure. Consider re-gifting your gift. Even if you won't use the gift, you may know someone who would think it's the perfect holiday gift! Just make
sure that the original giver is in no way related to the new recipient! If the
item is not perishable, consider using it for the next holiday White Elephant game in which you take part.
because you received a present you do not wish you want to keep does not mean
you can’t get creative with how you get rid of it. Want to earn some cash?
Thrift stores will buy your clothes at a reduced rate. And if all else fails,
there is always eBay.
Alert1 wants to know: are we missing anything? Let us know your personal ways to dispose of items you abhorred this season in the comments below!
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