Things You Can’t Return on Amazon

Things You Can’t Return on Amazon
The holidays are (mostly) over. The gifts are purchased. Delivered. Opened. (Hopefully) enjoyed. But, if you’re like many people, you’ve included a gift receipt in your box. According to surveys, ease of returns and return policies are almost as important as free shipping when it comes to online shopping.

Here comes Amazon.com

For many people, Amazon is the go-to for online shopping. With Prime memberships, and Sunday delivery, and Pantry in some cities, Amazon has made online shopping easy and convenient. Thankfully, when you need to make a return, it is generally pretty easy there too. Many returns are free as well, but you’ll need to check the specifics of your product to know for sure.
The standard policy for Amazon is similar to many other retailers- generally 30 days (and you don’t even have to keep up with a receipt, because it’s right there online.)

In addition, Amazon is even more generous during the holiday season, with items shipping between November 1st and December 31st, the return deadline is January 31st. So, if you shopped early and you won’t see your family until after Christmas, there is still time for returns if needed! (The caveat here is to remember to check third party retailers; their policies are sometimes different.)

However, there is a limit to the Amazon return policy. The following items cannot be returned:

  • Wine
  • Theme Park Tickets
  • Prepaid Game Cards
  • Prepaid Phone Cards
  • Live Insects (Although, we don’t know who ACCIDENTALLY buys a Madagascar hissing cockroach, but hey, if you did- it can’t be returned.)
  • Plants & Flowers
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Customized or Personalized products (unless the vendor made an error)
  • Amazon Pantry Items (unless damaged)
  • Gift Cards
  • Digital Purchases (such as movies, games, and apps)

In addition, certain collector items will have stricter return policies to guarantee authenticity. So, be extra careful with collectibles. This includes coins, art, and sports memorabilia. The certifications and documentations must always be kept with the items.

Electronics and jewelry will have similar policies (barring damage upon receipt). Make sure your products arrive in proper condition. If not, they must be returned within 30 days, or be subject to restocking fees.

Making the Most Out of After Christmas Shopping

Making the Most out of After Christmas Shopping

Whether you didn’t get everything on your Christmas list, or you’re looking to score some great deals, after Christmas shopping is the way to go. Not only can you get great deals on some big ticket items, you can also prepare for next year’s holidays. (Of course, we recommend you have the space and an organizational system in place before you start buying a surplus of wrapping paper. If you’re not organized, you risk losing your items or forgetting what you’ve purchased before the next season.)

However, if you’re organized, and have a few items left on your wish list, there are a few great things to buy this time of the year. Stores are clearing out their inventory to make room for spring, and things need to go. Fast. Some of these items include…

Bedding

The tip: Wait until January. Deeper discounts occur in January, when many stores have their “White Sales”. Sheets, comforters, pillow cases, and other bedding items will be much more affordable this time of the year, as retailers look to clear out last year’s designs and make room for the new designs.

Electronics

We all think of Black Friday when we think of electronics. However, if you can wait until after Christmas, you may find your latest gadget at even lower prices. New technology is often released after the Consumer Electronics Show, which occurs in January. Soon, it’s in with the new, and out with the old. This year’s models will need to be cleared out to make way for the newest gadget. So, watch the sales and snag that new device you’ve been looking at.

Exercise Equipment

This is pretty self-explanatory. New Year. New resolutions. Lots of exercise equipment. So, if you’ve been looking for a treadmill, free weights, or a new pair of running shoes, NOW is definitely the time to hit the sales.

Christmas Accessories

Wrapping paper, boxes, bows, lights, and ornaments… what’s left will start hitting major price reductions. By next week, leftover stock can be found for up to 90% off. There may not be a lot of inventory left, but if you have a few extra dollars and a safe place to keep items for a year, this is the best time to stock up on some of those Christmas essentials for next year.