(Closed) Best way to find where a gift was purchased to return?? Tricks?

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Do you have a bar code scanner on your phone? I have used that to find out where to buy stuff before. If you don’t have the app, you should be able to find a free one.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Depending on the item, I would honestly try to return it at a random store (assuming they carry that item). You’d probably get store credit, but I would say it was given as a gift without a receipt. If it’s a specific brand only carried at a store (I’m thinking like Kohl’s or BBB) then we should be able to narrow it down. What are the brands/items?

Post # 5
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Newbee

@Tina.Baker: I just did that last weekend. Got this set of beer glasses that we never registered for from who knows where. looked online to see who carried them, turned out one of the stores i registered at did, so took them back there and told them it was  a gift with no receipt. got store credit. hey, i’d rather have $10 than hideous glasses one of my “best friends” gave me when she didn’t attend my shower, knows we dont drink beer, and didn’t even bother to get anything off our registry or throw in a card with her gift that i suspect was leftover form her brother’s recent wedding…

Post # 6
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Helper bee

If a big box store near you carries the item, they should let you return it for store credit (since it will go back in their inventory and they can sell it). You can check their website to see if they carry the item; you can also call the store and give them the numbers that are underneath the item’s barcode, and they should be able to tell you if they’ll accept it as a return. Don’t tell them you don’t know where it came from – just say you didn’t get a gift receipt. This happens all the time, so if they can help you, they will. If not, try another store ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I should add that (as someone who works in retail) there is no shame in doing this! You’re not cheating anyone or doing anything wrong. The store CAN sell the item to someone else and make a profit off of it, which is why they allow no-receipt returns in the first place.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Walmart will take back just about anything. If you check the website and it’s something that they sell, they’ll give you store credit for it. This may be an option if you can’t find the exact store that it was purchased from.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

In the past, I’ve looked on line to see what brands are carried at what stores (Target, Walmart, and Kohls are great for a wide varity), and tried those stores first when trying to return without a receipt.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

‘Where did you get this?  I want to buy more/buy one for my friend’s wedding gift!”

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Tina.Baker:  Eh they’re cream towels so you can always use them as guest towels… or spares when you’re running low on clean towels. What are the exact brand of the things you are trying to return?? Oh and my Fiance used to manage at KMART and pretty much they were forced to return EVERYTHING (He once was forced to return a broken scooter that someone very obviously used the woman complained to corporate and the next day his district manager told him that when the lady came back in he had to return it), you only get store credit but you can always try that as a last ditch effort

PS if none of that works you can always try to ebay it??

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

If it’s something such as china, stores such as Macy’s and BBB actually code the bottoms of the pieces in ink.  You can turn over a piece of china from either of these stores and see numbers in different- colored markers.  Although you may not know which store is which, the store will know and will only accept returns of its own merchandise.

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