(Closed) Are you a "returner"?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wouldn’t say I’m a returner, but I do get buyer’s remorse on occasions. For example, at a clothing store, I sometimes buy something just because it was marked down to a great discount but then I realize when I get home that it’s something I will never wear or will have problems coordinating with the rest of my closet. In addition, sometimes I’m not sure, at the store, if something looks good on me or not, so I will just buy all of it (sometimes in multiple sizes) to take home to show Darling Husband and get his opinion. He looks at me more than I look at myself so he’s usually a better judge of whether something fits or not.

Since you brought up makeup specifically, I usually don’t return makeup, unless I meant to buy a specific shade and accidently grabbed another one. I always buy department store/prestige makeup and sometimes, I get the foundation color names mixed up (e.g. cream chamois vs cream whip) and the bottle colors can look very similar and even when I test the color on instore, it looks like it blends (when it’s a few shades off). When I get home, I always verify that it’s the right one before I actually open it and use it. I always try on the colors (on my hand) before I commit so I never return makeup aside from it being the wrong one.

I don’t return things that are used/worn unless it broke/unraveled/etc. from one use. I try not to buy from lower-quality stores for this reason. I don’t think I’ve ever returned food.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I always return if something doesn’t work out how I thought.  I return clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.  Always if they were unworn.  I can’t stand the wasted money when it’s a fixable situation.  I don’t understand NOT returning.

I’ve only returned food once. It was a carton of half and half that I opend up and was completely spoiled.

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Hi Im Hopeful3120 and I’m a returner.

UGH – I’m the butt of all jokes in my family – there is always a bag of something to be returned. Typically it is clothes – as I have no patience to try on and once I get home – I’m like WTH?! But it has also been household items (lamps, vases, decorations).

 

Go figure – I say I hate shoping but I apparently LOVE returning. One Saturday I made one trip (to the mall) to return items to 3 stores…

I need help! LOL

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m not a returner because I usually feel really guilty walking into the store with something to return. I used to work in retail and hated returns and what they did for my numbers, so I’m always very paranoid about this. I also feel like if I buy something, it has to define my style so usually I have to really love it to come up to the checkout anyway. The only things I feel fine about returning (even though I feel bad for the person behind the cash register) are gifts that don’t fit or aren’t my taste. There’s nothing to be done about that.

My mom LOVES to return things. She is terribly indecisive and has to try her new purchases on a million times with various things she owns and they rarely make the cut. This is just an aggravating process to me, so I try not to do this.

Most recently though, I did return some Tide laundry detergent because it was for a high efficency machine lol. It actually felt good exchanging for the lower priced detergent.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I used to NEVER return things and one day something just clicked and I became a chronic returner. I have a system where I keep new clothes with their receipts and if I don’t wear them within two weeks (unless it’s for a special occasion) I return them. I am a shopaholic and an impulse buyer when the deal is right, so I’ve tried to adapt so that the moment I feel buyer’s remorse I bring it straight back.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I don’t and it’s so bad!!  I am just too lazy, I would rather eat the cost than drive back to the store or re-package up whatever I got online.  Luckily I’m pretty good at knowing what I want and my size in terms of clothing, but I’ve had at least one expensive pair of shoes I should have returned but just sucked it up.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Ill Be Mrs B:  Hi There – at our next meeting I shall bring the chips & dip…(& probably have a bag in my trunk of items to be returned)

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have no issue returning things. I’ll sometimes buy clothes thinkng they’ll look good with a certain other piece and of not, back it goes. 

Least expensive thing was probably bag salad that went bad a week before the expiry date, and I happened to be going to the store for something else anyway. But I won’t usually go too far out of my way for a couple bucks. 

Im terrible for shoes feeling good in the store but killing my feet after a couple wears. Those get given to friends if theyve been worn outside. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I return anything and everything I don’t use or doesn’t work out or is broken. I actually got a 3 pack of pizza at sams club and came home to find there were only 2 pizzas! I wanted to return this one, but I didn’t think they would believe my story.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t return things. part of it is laziness and part of it is embarrassment/irrational fear of returning things. 

Whatever it is usually stays in my closet until it’s too late to return, or I can put it in a garage sale, most likely it ends up being donated. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t have the patience to try things on, so I’ll buy them and return them if they won’t work.  True with other things.  Most stores have liberal policies, with Kohls being on of the best – bought a pair of shoes, wore them a few times and they were afwul…they took them back, no questions asked…

 

Most retailers do that because of the deal they have with their vendors – price reductions are charged back to the vendor, some are able to send back anything they may have at end of season….I work for a distributor of sunglasses, and you should see what they will do – it explains why the retailers can have 70-80% off sales and still make a profit – every markdown hits the vendors bottom line, not theirs…

 

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper

I will only return if its legtimate reason, like doesn’t fit like i antipcated if its clothing. Or if it doesn’t work. And I try to return it within a reasonable time frame.

I work in retail (PT) and I’m digusted by the high number of people who have no issues returning used/self damanged items, months and years after using them. The store I work at has a very liberal policy. People have no shame towels, bedding, underwear. Urgggh its so gross.  Not only is it in poor taste, it also affects our paycheck because we are partially on commision.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a “returner” but my sisters are the biggest offenders.  They buy on impluse and then, realize they didn’t want/fit/need it.  I’ve had to return items for them, too, because they’re embrarassed. lol  //  I love Sephora’s return policy.  I feel bad returning used makeup.  So, I’ve only used it once or twice, though.  (It was awful lipsticks that I couldn’t even give away!)

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