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Photocopy Your Receipt

If the item you purchase has a warranty/return policy of a year* or more, photocopy the receipt. This advice was given to me when I was buying a watch. It is because of the paper and ink many stores use with their receipts. I was cleaning out some files and noticed that I couldn't read many of the receipts and this was from a different store.

* it could even be a shorter period of time.
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Yes, the thermal paper can be an issue especially if it gets warm in the sun. Usually they last a few years, but you are right. Most places though say you need the original receipt, but I guess the faded one with a copy would work too.
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redgrandam wrote:
Jun 14th, 2010 10:37 pm
Yes, the thermal paper can be an issue especially if it gets warm in the sun. Usually they last a few years, but you are right. Most places though say you need the original receipt, but I guess the faded one with a copy would work too.
Just glue the original receipt onto the photocopy. I do this with every significant-value merchandise receipt now and not just for warranties, but also for household insurance.
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Menthol wrote:
Jun 15th, 2010 10:00 pm
Scan and keep on your computer too (and backup)
+1, I do this too for any important receipt.

I wonder how many people's receipts they are keeping for CRA purposes have faded into oblivion.
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Yup, good advice. I've been doing this for the last 7 yrs.

All my receipts are filed properly in their respective hanging folders: clothing, electronic, appliances.

I am also starting a tracking (Excel) of all my most expensive items, with a photo of the item and receipt in the Excel. This way, will help me immensely if I ever need to claim insurance for a stolen item.
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The nice thing with digital is that you can scan faded receipts, then adjust the contrast until you can read it. It's what CSI would do :) .
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rfdrfd wrote:
Jun 15th, 2010 11:25 pm
Yup, good advice. I've been doing this for the last 7 yrs.

All my receipts are filed properly in their respective hanging folders: clothing, electronic, appliances.

I am also starting a tracking (Excel) of all my most expensive items, with a photo of the item and receipt in the Excel. This way, will help me immensely if I ever need to claim insurance for a stolen item.
Just make sure that you store the file somewhere where it will not be destroyed in the event of fire. Theft is not the only reason for insurance claims. I purchased a fireproof/waterproof file box to store more important documents. Now I just have to figure out what to put in it.
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rfdrfd wrote:
Jun 15th, 2010 11:25 pm
Yup, good advice. I've been doing this for the last 7 yrs.
ya we've been holding receipts since i can remember - years upon years. we always copy them for warranties or anywhere we won't have the copy, it's just common sense. lately been throwing out food receipts though, not needed after certain time :)
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I need a quick scanning machine. I saw one on Costco instore for $130 something. I think it was a portable one, might be very useful for the future.
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Other stores like IKEA won't accept it.
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DLFB wrote:
Jun 16th, 2010 11:49 am
Other stores like IKEA won't accept it.
For returns and warranty service, you have to keep the original. The copy should only be a backup in case the original isn't legible.
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Cheap Cat wrote:
Jun 16th, 2010 11:39 am
Just make sure that you store the file somewhere where it will not be destroyed in the event of fire. Theft is not the only reason for insurance claims. I purchased a fireproof/waterproof file box to store more important documents. Now I just have to figure out what to put in it.
The receipt for the fireproof box, in case it gets destroyed by fire and you need to claim for a new one. Hang on, wait... :-0
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GreyingJay wrote:
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The receipt for the fireproof box, in case it gets destroyed by fire and you need to claim for a new one. Hang on, wait... :-0
I guess I'll have more things to worry about than the firesafe if it gets destroyed by fire. :(

Actually, it does come with a lifetime replacement warranty after fire. From a video done by ABC News on Sentry's website, it appears that the outside of the firesafe melts in a fire but the documents inside survive. At least, I hope that is what happens although I don't ever want to find out. I guess to be extra safe, you should keep an extra copy of important documents off site.
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i thought i was being smart when i laminated my laptop receipt from futureshop.

i came across it a year later and its clean as a whistle, still laminated and still has the stupid highlights that the people at fs like to do, but no information on it :S.

so had to go back to futureshop and get them to dig me up another copy (bought the laptop on credit card so it was possible)
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