Odua Images / Shutterstock.com
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on The Penny Hoarder.
That $50 pair of gold wedge espadrilles from Zappos that you never wore but also never managed to return drives you crazy. But don’t think you’re stuck.
Zappos allows returns for up to 12 months after the original purchase date. And it’s not the only retailer that will accept returns up to a year or more after the items were purchased.
Knowing a seller’s return policy can help you turn unreturned items into cash or merchandise credit equal to what you paid. Also, whether you’re shopping online or buying an item in a store, knowing which retailers offer hassle-free returns and free return shipping will help you save money on future purchases.
When you give something as a present, include the gift receipt and a note telling the recipient how long they have to return the item. This is a nice way of saying your feelings won’t be hurt if it is returned. (Keep this in mind during the holiday season just a few months away.)
And keep these retailers in mind when you shop all year round.
1. American Eagle
Helen89 / Shutterstock.com
The clothing retailer that’s especially beloved by teens has a return policy that’s beloved by all customers. There’s no time limit with proof of purchase to return unwashed or unworn items even without tags.
Without a receipt, American Eagle will give store credit for the item’s current selling price.
Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com
Costco’s return policy is the stuff of urban legends. A 15-year-old pressure cooker. A dead Christmas tree in January. A safe smelling of marijuana. The stories of items returned to Costco are all over the internet, though it’s hard to know if they’re all true.
But it’s easy to know the retail giant’s return policy. There’s no time limit for returning most items. Even opened food can be returned for a full refund.
There are a few exceptions. Premium electronics must be returned within 90 days, and there are limitations on tires, cigarettes, alcohol, and diamonds.
FotograFFF / Shutterstock.com
Unopened IKEA merchandise can be returned within a year. Opened products can be returned within 180 days. Without a receipt, you will be provided a refund in the form of an in-store credit for the item’s lowest selling price.
And check out IKEA’s new buy-back program for gently used items that’s part of its goal to become fully carbon-neutral by 2030. It will …….