There have been many times in my life where I’ve purchased something from the store only to have it go on sale within the next few weeks or break shortly after purchase. I’ve heard that you could sometimes take things back, but I never did it. Either I couldn’t find the receipt or I felt funny doing it.
Not anymore – I’ve already saved $28 within the past 30 days.
Each store has a different policy on price adjustments. Our local department store states that is something goes on sale within a month after you purchase it you can come back to get a refund for the difference in price. The spiral fluorescent light bulbs we purchased a little while ago (3 pack for $9.99) were now on sale for $8.99. Since I bought three packages, taking a few minutes to bring my receipt back to the store during my next trip resulted in a savings of $3.00. Not too bad.
Return Broken Merchandise
I know if something like electronics are broken, they can be fairly easily returned. What about something like clothing? Even after you have been wearing it a while?
We purchased my son’s winter coat from the local department store. It seemed like a nice warm jacket and he despirately needed one. Less than a month after purchase, the zipper broke. I was so upset. Much to my husband’s dismay (he was a little embarassed about it), I decided to take it back to the store and request a refund or trade for a new coat.
I asked the cashier about the return policy on clothing. She said that you had a month to return clothes. I then asked about the policy of worn clothing breaking and I showed her my son’s coat. His coat did show wear (he’s a little boy after all), and I pointed out the broken teeth on his zipper. She went in her drawer and pulled out her little refund form and I knew things were headed in the right direction. I ended up receiving a full refund for the coat.
I used to feel like it was dumb luck that something I bought broke. I would shrug and say it’s a loss and then go out and spend more money to replace what broke. I don’t feel that way anymore. Every penny counts and if I buy something that breaks shortly after purchase (I actually have one more thing to return but I have to make it back to Walmart), then I will try to take it back next time I am there. The worst they could say is no.