Heading out to return a Christmas gift? We've learned a number of great tips you should know before you go.

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Return Season Arrives In New York State


December 26, the day after Christmas, is the second-busiest shopping day of the year. Many head to their favorite stores to shop for gifts they didn't get, use cash that wasn't given as a gift (never a bad gift idea, in my opinion), or head to a store to return an item.

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Return Rate Soars


Return rates are expected to soar.

Business of Fashion reports return volume will be 28 percent higher than compared to 2022.

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The Better Business Bureau offers several tips so you can enjoy a "hassle-free" return.

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Tips For Hassle-Free Returns In New York State


Note: Not all of these tips apply for a gift, but these tips will help whenever you head to return an item

  • Save your receipt
  • Have your ID handy
  • Keep item in original packaging
  • Check store policies before you buy
  • Read the fine print
  • Check before returning an item to the store
  • Save the packaging
  • If you need help with a problem, contact customer service

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