Tips for holiday gift returns

Halen Doughty

Families throughout Ascension Parish tore through the wrapping paper on Christmas morning, opening a myriad of gifts from friends and family. But sometimes it really is better to give than to receive, so what should you do with those well-intentioned gifts that just don't fit the bill? Attorney General Jeff Landry offers some tips for returning and exchanging holiday gifts.

Return policies vary greatly from store to store,” said Landry. “So taking a little time to understand each one will go a long way in ensuring your holiday stays merry and bright.”

For hassle-free returns and exchanges, Landry recommends keeping receipts and original packaging. Bringing identification can also be helpful when returning gifts.

Many retailers base their return time frame on the purchase date, so monitor how much time you have to make the return.

Policies for sale and clearance items may be different than full price merchandise. Be sure to check that retailer's return policy.

For electronic and big-ticket items, be sure to ask about restocking fees.

With more and more people shopping online, don't forget about return shipping fees. Products bought online can often be returned to a brick-and-mortar location instead of through the mail.

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