(Closed) Do you return and repurchase…

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 16
14963 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yup, all the time.  They don’t care at all.  If the store is willing to sell it at a lower price, it’s not like I’m tricking them or anything to save money.

Post # 17
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

In some stores you can bring your receipt and you can get a store credit for the difference. We have done that many times

Post # 18
3611 posts
Sugar bee

Depends on whether it was expensive enough and/or the discount is big enough to make it worth it. I have a SA at Bloomies who totally encourages me to do this. It’s not like you wore it and then returned it with the intention of getting rid of it and getting your money back…that’s what’s gross, IMO.

Post # 19
13657 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I haven’t because it’s more hassle for me than it’s worth to get back to the store, but I wouldn’t fault anyone who does it!

Post # 20
5365 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

I find it tacky if it’s like under $20… And there’s no way in hell in dealing with the craziness of tax free. I mean none of these damn people would go crazy if there was a “7% off sale!!”…

Our tax free was last weekend and it was sat-sun. My husband is a manager and had a guy in there on Friday buying stuff and asked if he could come back and return it the next day. Darling Husband told him if he wanted to fight the crowd and wait in a 30+ min line to save a few bucks, then sure. The guy asked how much he would be saving. Darling Husband told him $13 and the guys response was “hell yeah I’m coming back. That’s 13 cheeseburgers”… 

Post # 21
5109 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

If the savings was fairly significant, like >$20, then I may go back for a price adjustment, though I really don’t track those things closely enough to even know if it went on sale (once I’ve bought something I don’t really look at it in the store anymore). I’ve never actually done this. I’d probably only do it if the store offered price adjustments by just bringing the receipt in (i.e. it’s part of store policy), but I don’t think I’d go through the hassle of returning and rebuying it. That just seems like playing the system. 

Post # 22
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Nepal

I’ve done this before. I purchase a coat last fall from Nordstrom and then two weeks later it was $80 cheaper online. I hadn’t worn it yet (now thinking about it I still haven’t ugh) so I purchased the coat again online and then returned the first one in store. 

Post # 23
1909 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Most stores I shop at have a price adjustment period, so I have done it before. Also I didn’t even have to bring the merchandise back, they just use my receipt for the adjustment.

Post # 24
489 posts
Helper bee

When I was in retail, people would do this all the time especially if they had an item on lay-by.  They would cancel the lay-by and then put it back on at the sale price.

Post # 25
1703 posts
Bumble bee

bibber :  

I don’t find it tacky…I follow things I buy online until they arrive…if they go on sale before they arrive, I call and ask if the store will do a price adjustment…most of the time they will…if not, I order again at the sale price and return the original when it arrives in the store next time I am in the area…I just saved several hundred dollars in the past couple of weeks doing this…I bought a pair of Badgely Mischka shoes – regularly $245, on sale $199…then went on sale again for $135 …I bought several pairs of pants – normally $70…on sale for $42, then went on sale again for $25…I have no shame – it isn’t dishonest – the things haven’t even arrived at my house yet! 

What I DO think is tacky (and I WON’T do this) – if you bought something, wore it/used it, THEN it went on sale – calling for a price adjustment, or ordering another one and returning it with the original receipt. (I was tempted on a pair of Weitzman shoes – normally $400…on sale $200…then on sale again $ 163 …I didn’t do it )

Post # 26
279 posts
Helper bee

I always try to price adjust. I keep reciepts right in my wallet and if I’m walking by a store and it’s slow I will swing in just to see if anything went down. More often than not I walk away with money. Why pay extra for something when you don’t have to.  I’ve even done this with furniture and gotten back $$$!  If it goes on sale in the time the store allows you to return or price adjust why wouldn’t you pay the sale price?!.  Btw I love khol’s cash 🙂

Post # 27
1209 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

bibber :  Many stores will offer a price adjustment within a certain window of time. It can be awkward to request since nobody likes to be made out as a bad guy for trying to save a buck, ya know, but I feel it’s worth it. I just had a price adjustment done at LOFT (spent over $300 and then most everything I bought went on sale for 40% off the next day), so I saved a lot of money in requesting the adjustment and that’s totally worth the awkwardness in my book! 

Post # 28
5886 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

bibber :  I did this recently when I bought a product and then 1 day later had the company send me a coupon code.  I knew that I could get the new product via mail before I needed it, so I returned the unopened one to the store since it’s just 2 blocks from my house and it wasn’t really a hassel.  

I don’t worry about it being tacky.  I mean really, are you worried about the store clerk judging you?  I doubt he/she cares.  I worry more about if it’s convenient.  I’m not going to go out of my way if it’s just a few bucks.  If i have to get in my car and drive it’s pretty much a non-starter.


Post # 29
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Call it tacky if you want but if it saves me 10 bucks I’m all for it. 😂 That’s like 1/3 of a tank of gas.

Post # 30
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

bibber :  I don’t because of how long I spent working retail. I couldn’t do that to salespeople. It is a PAIN to go through the entire return process only to have you buy the exact same item again, except now, I get to use coupons, and give you money back. It’s just…ugh. No.

Unless you were due to save some ungodly amount (like $50 or more) I would say it’s a no for me.


Edited to retract my comments about minimal savings. I was wrong on that one

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