After Christmas Shopping Tip: Hold the Returns

So, you’re ready to hit the after-Christmas sales, and just happen to have a gift or two that doesn’t fit or doesn’t fit. As eager as you are to make the switch for something you really love—at a discount, yet—we suggest you hold that thought. Return lines are notoriously long this time of year—nobody’s going to be in any kind of festive, good cheer holiday mood at this point, and you’re really just going to make yourself miserable. Wait out the crowds, and if there’s no good sales going on when you do return, take store credit so you can hit the next big markdowns to get something really great.

If you must return (say you got that luxe sweater you’ve been swooning over for weeks, but in the wrong size—and you don’t want to risk missing out), make sure you’re prepared. Receipt (if you can get your hands on it)—check. Plenty of time (not, say, running out in the last 20 minutes of your lunch hour)—check. Comfortable shoes—check. And be sure to check those receipts or the store’s website for their return policies before you go, so you know what to expect when you get there.

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  1. Amz in Heelz says

    Interesting post, Meg.

    I’m in NY and went to the mall in Long Island…well, I think the entire borough of Queens and Long Island took off today, because there was nowhere to park. As you mentioned, the “sales” were god awful; it was a waste of a trip.

    I think I’ll be waiting ‘til after the New Year to do a little shopping.

  2. says

    My husband and I originally said that we wouldn’t be caught dead in stores today.  However, we needed to go to a couple stores anyway so we decided to hit some other stores in order to make returns and use up some gift cards.

    I was very surprised by the *lack* of people in the stores.  The mall was pretty dead, considering, and there wasn’t so much as a return line at Target.  Part of it might be that I live in a college town and it’s typically pretty dead here between semesters—but it was pretty hectic here pre-Christmas.

    Unfortunately, I also didn’t see great sales : ( 

    Overall, it seemed like just another day.  Maybe things will pick up tomorrow, though.


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