It’s so worth it to shop at stores with the best return policies. Ever buy a new pair of shoes that seemed great in the store, but after an hour of wearing them you realize they’re horribly uncomfortable, and the store won’t take them back because you wore them outside?
These retailers offer the best return policies imaginable. I’m talking full refunds even after a year of use, no questions asked. I’ll show you how to take advantage of these return polices in a non-sleazeball way.
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1. American Eagle has one of the best return policies.
As long as they don’t suspect policy abuse (you’re doing it every week) or fraud (you stole the jeans and now you’re trying to return them for money), you’re good.
In fact, if you have your original receipt, there’s no time limit for a return window. A week later? A year later? As long as you’re being honest, there’s no end to their return period.
If you don’t have a receipt, you can exchange the item or get a store credit for the current selling price.
The only return exception? Bikini or swimsuit bottoms with the liner removed.
2. Get a full refund for your broken blender from Costco a year after you bought it.
It’s no secret the Costco return policy is also one of the best return policies around. Costco guarantees satisfaction on any product they sell within 90 days, but they actually go way above and beyond on this.
For example, if your blender breaks after a year, they’ll exchange it, or give you a full refund.
You can even make your return without a receipt, because all purchases, in store or online, are tracked to your membership. But there are limitations on items like tires, cigarettes, alcohol, and diamonds.
And they’ll even refund your membership at any time if you aren’t 100% satisfied!
3. Return those awkward-fitting pants to Kohl’s even if you’ve washed them.
Kohl’s return policy is so easy. You have 180 days to return almost anything with or without a receipt.
Yes, that means you can return anything (except premium electronics like gaming products and speakers). You can also make a return at Kohl’s without a receipt. A Kohl’s associate can look up your purchase on your Kohl’s card or major credit card. They can also pull up your purchase through a rewards or online order number.
If you’re returning premium electronics, you must have a receipt and you only have 30 days to make a return.
4. Return lotion to Bath & Body Works even if it’s half used.
If you don’t have the receipt, and they carry the item in-store, you can get an exchange. If they don’t carry the item in-store anymore, you can get store credit for a portion of the cost of the item.
Bath & Body Works will even exchange things like lotion or candles that are no more than HALF USED for a different scent, without a receipt.
Best return policy ever.
5. Return a shirt to L.L.Bean for a full refund up to one year later.
Thanks to the L.L. Bean return policy, you can return your used item within one year if you have a packing slip or receipt.
Items can be worn, as long as you have the proof of purchase and stay within the year limit. They won’t take anything that’s been damaged by factors like negligence or accidents.
6. Return those leggings that sag during yoga class to Athleta.
Who knew so many clothing companies stand behind their products so fiercely?
Athleta’s “Give-It-a-Workout” guarantee means you can return worn clothing for any reason within 60 days, you just need the receipt. Even leggings, even swimwear, even sports bras.
This is a pretty recent change from their original limitless days return policy. But still, 60 days isn’t bad at all.
7. Return those uncomfortable shoes to Nordstrom.
Nordstrom’s return policy is right in line with their incredible customer service.
There are no time limits for returns at Nordstrom, but the main thing to keep in mind is that the items aren’t visibly used or worn. (Except special occasion dresses, which need to have the tags on them in order to be returned.)
Full refunds are given with a receipt or if they can locate the purchase. But be aware, their policy states, “We will do our best to take care of customers and deal with them fairly; we ask that our customers treat us fairly as well.”
They may ask for your ID as they are now keeping track of those who abuse the return policy. And if they think you’re taking advantage of them, they might not take back the item.
8. Return the too-small tent to REI even after you’ve used it for a season.
REI’s return policy is another one of the very best return policies around. They offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee!
You can return items for a refund or exchange within a year of the purchase with receipt or proof of purchase, which they have on record if you’re a member. Outdoor electronics have to be returned within 90 days.
If your item is defective and past the one year mark, you can still return it and REI will help you take advantage of the manufacturer’s warranty.
9. Order three pairs of shoes on Zappos.com and return the ones you don’t like.
Okay, Zappos may not take back your shoes if they look worn, but the Zappos return policy is still awesome.
If you aren’t satisfied with your purchase for any reason, you have 365 days to return it. And they let you print a free return shipping label or QR code to use at the UPS store.
Just make sure they’re in the original shoebox and don’t appear to show signs of wear.
10. Return the too-fluffy pillow to Bed Bath & Beyond for a full refund.
Bed Bath & Beyond’s return policy means if you have a receipt, return your item within 90 days for a full refund.
This policy has some exceptions, like 30 days for smart home tech and seasonal items, and 60 days for electronics.
If they can’t find the purchase in their system and you don’t have a receipt, you’ll get a store credit for the current price minus 20% as long as the item is unopened.
11. Return the latest iPad to the Apple Store if you aren’t feeling it.
With most retailers, you’re stuck with electronics if you’ve opened them, and especially if you’ve already added software and apps.
Apple says you must have all the original packaging (repackage the item with all cords in order to return it). So definitely hang on to that box.
Note that things like software and gift cards are excluded.
12. Return that hideous lipstick to CVS for a full refund.
According to the CVS return policy, you need a receipt in order to get a full refund on your purchase. You also have to bring the item back within 60 days.
The good news is CVS will still take back your product if it’s been opened, so no worries if you tried out some makeup and didn’t love it.
13. Return an Eddie Bauer jacket for a full refund even if you’ve worn it.
Eddie Bauer’s return policy allows you to return items for up to one year. If you have a receipt, you’ll get a full refund in the form of whatever tender you paid.
If you don’t have a receipt, but you’re a loyalty program member, they can look up your receipts in their system.
No receipt and not an Adventure Rewards member? Eddie Bauer will give you a merchandise credit for half the amount of your item.
14. Return a fading sweater to Land’s End for a full refund.
Land’s End’s return policy allows you to return items for a full refund within 90 days, used or not.
Without proof of purchase, or after the 90 days, you’ll get a merchandise credit equal to the current price.
15. Return the tea you tried and hated to Trader Joe’s for a full refund.
The Trader Joe’s 100% satisfaction guarantee is hard to believe.
Trader Joe’s encourages you to try new products. Anything you don’t like it, you can bring it back, even if the package is open or the food is half-eaten. The last time I spoke to a manager, he even said to just bring in the packaging (minus the half-eaten food) and you’ll still get your refund.
16. Get a full refund for the half-eaten box of crackers at Whole Foods.
Bring items back to Whole Foods (even if you’ve opened the box!) within the first 90 days and you’ll get a full refund. Just make sure you’ve got your receipt handy.
17. Return a printer to Staples even if you’ve used it for a week.
Items do have to be in resale condition with the original packaging, so just make sure you hold on to the box while you’re testing it out.
Electronics and furniture are an exception, which have a time limit of 14 days. And you can return software or ink and toner as long as they’re unopened and not expired. Software can’t be returned at all.
18. Return your frayed vest to Patagonia.
Thanks to the Patagonia return policy, if you aren’t happy with a product, bring it in for a full refund. You don’t even need a receipt for Patagonia products!
But, they do urge you to bring it back within a season and might not take it back if there’s obvious wear. If it’s more than a year old, they will refund the last known sales price.
19. Return the scarf you wore once in the last five months to Macy’s.
Macy’s return policy states that you have 90 days to make sure you’re satisfied with purchases.
You need proof of purchase and items have to be in resale condition with tags when you return anything to Macy’s.
There are exceptions, like Apple products (14 days); Last Act merch (30 days); and dresses (60 days).
20. Not feeling that furniture from IKEA? Within 180 days, return it!
IKEA’s return policy got a facelift Oct. 2020. Now, you can return new, unopened products for a full refund within 365 days. However. If you’ve opened the products, you only have 180 days.
There are return exceptions on custom countertops, plants, as-is merch, and cut fabric.
21. Get your money back a year later for that purse at Bloomingdale’s.
Bloomingdales’ return policy indicates that as long as the store can still sell your item, you’re free to return it within 365 days. However, you’ll only get a full refund within those first 90 days. After that, you’ll get store credit.
You do need a receipt or order number for your return.
There are some exceptions to the return policy. Most notably, anything listed in The Final Offer (clearance) section only has a 30-day return window.
22. Get a full refund on Target’s Cat & Jack jeans within a year.
At Target, their store return policy only offers up to 90 days to return brand new, still-in-the-package items. But Target-owned brands are guaranteed for up to a full year and you can return them for any reason.
There are tons and tons of brands Target owns, like Cat & Jack, Threshold, and Universal Thread. This means you can literally use a Threshold coffee table for up to a year and then decide you don’t love it and return it.
23. Return the hairspray you’ve been using all week, but hate, to Sephora.
The Sephora return policy lets you return gently used items within 60 days with a receipt. However, you can only get a full refund within the first 30 days of that period. For the second 30 days, you can only get store credit.
But, even if you don’t have your receipt, they can look it up with the debit/credit card you used or your Beauty Insider account number. Amazing.
Note that Sephora monitors return activity which means that if you use this policy too much (up to each store’s discretion), they may not let you do it anymore. Also, anything purchased online can only be returned in store.
24. No receipt needed to return the Walmart sheets that died in the third wash.
Walmart’s return policy is better than you’d think it would be. You can return most things to Walmart for any reason within the 90-day return period, as long as you have your receipt. Electronics, though, only have a 30-day return period.
There’s some stuff you can’t return at all, like: firearms, prepaid cell phones, and video game download cards.
25. Return that shade of foundation that looked great in Ulta, but when you got home, not so much.
You just need to have all of the item’s original components — meaning, if you’re returning an eyeshadow set, you need to include the brush it came with.
If you don’t have a receipt but you’re an Ultamate Rewards member, the store can look up your purchase history and give you a full refund that way.
For some reason, if Ulta can’t verify your purchase (even after the 180 days), you’ll get a store credit for the lowest selling price of the item within the past 90 days.
26. Return the plant you bought at Home Depot if it dies within a year.
Home Depot guarantees their plants so much that if your plants die for any reason within the first 365 days after you buy them, you can get a full refund.
This applies to literally any plants and it’s a great return policy for those of us who are not greenthumbs.
For everything else at Home Depot, you’ve got 180 days to return your items with a receipt for a refund. If you don’t have a receipt, the cashier can scan your credit card to see previous Home Depot purchases or you can still return for store credit.
Remember that some Home Depot stuff only has 30 days, such as paint, electronics, furniture, and gas-powered equipment.
27. Get a full refund on that fishing pole you bought from Cabela’s, but only used once.
Cabela’s offers a 90-day return period on everything in the store except for firearms and ammo, gas-powered items, or drones.
This is especially amazing if you want to try out a sport or hobby and then you’re just not into it.
Bring your item back to a Cabela store and if you have a receipt, you’ll get a full refund. Without a receipt, you’ll get store credit at the lowest sale price.
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