Thanks, Anyway – Check Retailers' Return Policies for Those Unwanted Gifts

Macomb Township stores will be swamped with returns in the days following Christmas. Be sure to check holiday hours for The Mall at Partridge Creek and Lakeside Mall before heading out the door.

Christmas is over and traffic at the stores will die down, right?


With the New Year approaching, it's time for all of those unwanted holiday gifts to get returned.

According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers returned a record-high $46.28 billion in holiday merchandise in 2011. It remains to be seen if recipients in Macomb Township and across the U.S. were happier with their gifts this year.

To make your life a little bit easier, here are the return policies for some of the area's largest big box retailers:

Macy's items can be returned at any location. If you have a voucher, you can return items in original form at any time. If you don't have a proof of purchase, you can get store credit at the item's lowest selling price within the last 180 days. Click here for more information.

Walmart has changed its policy to accommodate the holiday shoppers. If there is a limited number of days an item can be returned such as with TVs and computers, if the item was bought between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 the return period will begin on Dec. 26. Click here for the full return policy Walmart.

Toys "R" Us/Babies "R" Us
Items must be returned within 90 days, in new condition, and in original packaging. Also, the company reserves the right to refuse any returns if they do not meet their requirements. Click here to learn more.

Customers must have a receipt or valid photo ID and return items in new condition within 90 days of purchase. The following must be returned with 30 days: eReaders, netbooks, tablets, cameras, camcorders, digital audio players, GPS systems, video game hardware, personal DVD player, and no-contract cell phones. These may only be exchanged if not opened: music, movies, video games and software. If items were purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25, the 30-day refund period begins Dec. 26. Click here for the full policy.

"Return any item, anytime, for any reason," states Kohls.com. Whether you have your receipt or not, you can get a full exchange or store credit. 

Best Buy
Purchases made between Nov. 4 and Dec. 24 can be returned through Jan. 24, 2013. Best Buy requires the original receipt, gift receipt or packing slip for all returns and exchanges. A valid ID is also required. Click here for all the details.

Mall Holiday Hours

The Mall at Partridge Creek

  • Dec. 28-29, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.;
  • Dec. 30, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.;
  • Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Lakeside Mall

  • Dec. 28-29, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.;
  • Dec. 30, noon-6 p.m.;
  • Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Share your return experiences in the comments below. Which stores make it easy to return items? Which stores have you had difficulty with?


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