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Post Xmas march of the RETURNS! Policies for With/Without receipt?

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Post Xmas march of the RETURNS! Policies for With/Without receipt?

I have a big family & the boyfriend does too (most from out of town). Together, we get lots of crap for Xmas that we don't need or want, and most can't re-gift......

SO.....

Which stores have a flexible return policy for returning without a receipt? I have no problems giving my information and/or getting credit on gift cards.

The only ones I can think of are Sears (maybe?), Costco and Canadian Tire, especially the stuff that only comes from there. But where else is good? I know Walmart is a big NO.

Thanks! :)
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catwalk wrote: I have a big family & the boyfriend does too (most from out of town). Together, we get lots of crap for Xmas that we don't need or want, and most can't re-gift......

SO.....

Which stores have a flexible return policy for returning without a receipt? I have no problems giving my information and/or getting credit on gift cards.

The only ones I can think of are Sears (maybe?), Costco and Canadian Tire, especially the stuff that only comes from there. But where else is good? I know Walmart is a big NO.

Thanks! :)
Returning items to stores from where the items were not purchased is fraud by misrepresentation.

If you don't want the items, just sell 'em on Craigslist, Kijiji or the many Buy and sell sites around the place.
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iamnotamerican.com wrote: Returning items to stores from where the items were not purchased is fraud by misrepresentation.

If you don't want the items, just sell 'em on Craigslist, Kijiji or the many Buy and sell sites around the place.
What in the hell gave the impression I was trying to defraud any stores? Maybe you think the worst of people, try to work on that.

I'll ask for this thread to be deleted since apparently everyone's a thief, or I'll only get jerk replies.

Nice tag BTW, to add to your jerk reply. Real classy touch.
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futureshop, best buy, any big box retail store. I see people buying the same thing, note the day and time.

Come back a few hours later, telling them I lost my receipt but they can check it at this day and time.

they reprint me the receipt, and return it.
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rockstar715 wrote: futureshop, best buy, any big box retail store. I see people buying the same thing, note the day and time.

Come back a few hours later, telling them I lost my receipt but they can check it at this day and time.

they reprint me the receipt, and return it.
eek. I guess this is the type of thing iamnotamerican was talking about. yikes. That's just.... really bad dude.
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rockstar715 wrote: futureshop, best buy, any big box retail store. I see people buying the same thing, note the day and time.

Come back a few hours later, telling them I lost my receipt but they can check it at this day and time.

they reprint me the receipt, and return it.

:lol: NICE........ :facepalm:
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catwalk wrote: What in the hell gave the impression I was trying to defraud any stores?
I never said you were - I was simply stating a fact that returning items to stores from which the item was not purchased (aka taking advantage of flexible return policies and which do not require a receipt) is fraud. The only exception is if you (thats "you" in a general sense) advise the clerk that you don't know if the item was purchased from the store but would like to exchange it and they accept the return based on that knowledge.

If, on the other hand, you get a gift receipt or similar or know for sure the item was purchased from that store, then go for it.
Maybe you think the worst of people, try to work on that.
I guess I've spent too much time in this forum, watching people discuss ways to abuse return policies or rip off retailers. I guess I've become a bit cynical about people asking which stores accept returns without receipt for items they did not personally purchase.
Nice tag BTW, to add to your jerk reply. Real classy touch.
Er...I didn't add any tags to this thread. In fact, I rarely add tags to any threads. Your apology is accepted.

Of course, in this day and age, since those few retailers that have not tightened up on their returns will typically only give store credit for the lowest selling price. My suggestion about using Craigslist and the like is a good way to get dollars to be used for something else.
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rockstar715 wrote: futureshop, best buy, any big box retail store. I see people buying the same thing, note the day and time.

Come back a few hours later, telling them I lost my receipt but they can check it at this day and time.

they reprint me the receipt, and return it.

So what happens when the person who bought the item wants to return it? Not classy at all.

I'm not sure how you can tell which item came from which store though then you'll be returning something that didn't belong to that store.

Donate it somewhere since you suffered no loss, and it IS Christmas :)
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Tabooger wrote:
Donate it somewhere since you suffered no loss, and it IS Christmas :)

+1 - Excellent suggestion. Have done it many times myself.

OR tell your family that you're too good for the garbage they're giving you and since you're already making plans to return it 5 days before you even get any of it, they should just tape the receipt to the item or hand you the appropriate dollar value that you are worth to them and you will in turn do the same.

Is that not the spirit of Christmas?
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scagneti wrote: +1 - Excellent suggestion. Have done it many times myself.

OR tell your family that you're too good for the garbage they're giving you and since you're already making plans to return it 5 days before you even get any of it, they should just tape the receipt to the item or hand you the appropriate dollar value that you are worth to them and you will in turn do the same.

Is that not the spirit of Christmas?
Nope. But apparently being snarky & bitchy is.
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catwalk wrote: Nope. But apparently being snarky & bitchy is.
And in your case, it's being petty and greedy. You're the one who called the items your family members chose as gifts for you "crap", so you're the one with the problem. People have given your pathetic "gimme more" post far more suggestions than it warranted. Sell it yourself or, god forbid, donate to someone who would think that they died and went to heaven to receive new, warm and not covered in crud before they get it. There. Done. Next.

I personally adopted two families this year (donated over $700 in toys and gift cards in total) and organized fundraisers at work for a 3rd family and over $2000 in gift cards to Sick Kids hospital for the neglected teenagers stuck in the hospital over Christmas, so I'm very confident that I know the spirit of Christmas. Any gifts that my family spent their hard earned money and time picking out for me that I am unable to use goes to charity and not stalking around stores, hoping they haven't been ripped off enough to continue to have lax return policies.


Christmas is for children. WTF is wrong with you?
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scagneti wrote: And in your case, it's being petty and greedy. You're the one who called the items your family members chose as gifts for you "crap", so you're the one with the problem. People have given your pathetic "gimme more" post far more suggestions than it warranted. Sell it yourself or, god forbid, donate to someone who would think that they died and went to heaven to receive new, warm and not covered in crud before they get it. There. Done. Next.

I agree.. although it seems OP wants to have the money for the items and not donate them.


OP: I think if you're family always seems to give you "crap" gifts that you have little use for the best option might be to talk with your family members. They obviously want to get you something you can use and would like. Suggest to them places you like to shop from, this opens up possibilities for gift cards. Suggest items or types of items you have an interest in. Suggest activities or hobbies that you are interested in so that maybe you'll get a gift that relates to something you would like. Mention things that you already have so that you dont get doubles.

Not only will this help your family get to know your likes and dislikes but it will make holiday shopping much easier for them and take out some of the guess work as some people can be hard to shop for. If you prefer gift cards why not suggest that to your family members, again for stores that you like to shop at most.

I try to only return items that I get doubles of or that dont fit me. But my family is really close (i have a huge family too) so I rarely get something that I will not use or don't like.
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My family has more or less dispensed with gift giving altogether, and everyone's the happier for it. We gave up on trying to buy things for each other after years of "Gee..... um, thanks!" gifts, clothing that didn't quite fit, etc. At first it was gift cards to those stores so we could buy our own stuff (e.g. "we wanted to buy you that new microwave you keep saying you need, but we didn't know which model you'd like best so go ahead and pick one out yourself"). Then it became cash in an envelope. Then, once we realized that we were essentially trading piles of cash with everyone, we decided that we might as well each just purchase something nice for ourselves and call it a day.

To us, Christmas is about spending time with the family, not about commercialism and spending money "just because".

If anyone in my immediate family insists on getting me a gift, I still prefer cash. I don't need a shiny new ____, but I do have a car loan, credit card bills and a mortgage that I need to pay off, and savings, RRSP, TFSA, etc. that could use some topping up. If giving cash sounds unclassy, my next suggestion would be to donate to a charity that I spend a lot of time volunteering with.
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GreyingJay wrote: My family has more or less dispensed with gift giving altogether, and everyone's the happier for it. We gave up on trying to buy things for each other after years of "Gee..... um, thanks!" gifts, clothing that didn't quite fit, etc. At first it was gift cards to those stores so we could buy our own stuff (e.g. "we wanted to buy you that new microwave you keep saying you need, but we didn't know which model you'd like best so go ahead and pick one out yourself"). Then it became cash in an envelope. Then, once we realized that we were essentially trading piles of cash with everyone, we decided that we might as well each just purchase something nice for ourselves and call it a day.

To us, Christmas is about spending time with the family, not about commercialism and spending money "just because".

If anyone in my immediate family insists on getting me a gift, I still prefer cash. I don't need a shiny new ____, but I do have a car loan, credit card bills and a mortgage that I need to pay off, and savings, RRSP, TFSA, etc. that could use some topping up. If giving cash sounds unclassy, my next suggestion would be to donate to a charity that I spend a lot of time volunteering with.
I tried to get my family to stop buying us stuff, but it hasn't completely worked. We make pretty good money and with no kids have disposable income, so if there is anything that we wanted/needed, we'd already have it because we're adults. I've told them that to live in downtown Toronto, we chose location over space so we simply don't have room for the things they give. I asked instead of stuff, have one their kids drawn me a picture and scan & email it to me so I can have it as my wallpaper or treat themselves to something that they want and send me a pic of them with a "thumbs up" using that item. Finally I told them that because of all of the need in this city that I'd be donating items to charities for people who actually NEED it. That's worked for most, but the odd sibling still thinks that I need a set of mugs or bed clothes that are usually too big. It's nice that they think of me, but they've been warned that someone else will be using those items! I couldn't imagine being that petty to EXPECT things under the tree with my name on it. After your schooling is finished, IMO, it's lame to expect people to supplement your income.

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