Post # 1
I basically am asking a question I already know the answer for, but I figured it was worth getting the advice..
I work in a department store in customer service. On a weekly basis, I get a bride who will come up and say “I got this at my shower but I already got one of these, and I don’t have a receipt..”
I can always return them no problem but usually not for near the value. One lady came to return a crockpot we were currently selling for $40, and I could only give her $5. Ridiculous right? Now this is totally a store issue, its in no way the brides fault or even the guest who gave it to her.. but I was wondering if anyone thought of a graceful and courtious way of asking guests to give gift receipts.
I know etiquette wise it is inappropriate to outright tell people these, that’s why I basically answered my question already (no, if they don’t they don’t.) But that way you don’t get two crockpots, when in my apartment I hardly have room for one in my cabinets.
Anyways, I’m sure there probably isn’t a polite way to do it, but any polite opinions/suggestions are welcomed!
Post # 3
Just out of curiosity, why can’t you return it for the value it’s currently selling at? I’ve always been able to return things for whatever it’s currently priced at, regardless of what it may have cost originally.
As for politely telling people to attach gift receipts…I’m not sure there really is a way to do that, although it’s an interesting idea!
Post # 4
I wish there WAS a polite way to do this, because that would have been AWESOME at my baby shower last month! (got SO many duplicates and clothing that was season inappropriate!)
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
Most guests attached receipts to the gifts we received. Even the ones from our registry.
Post # 6
Yesh, I really don’t think you can do this because you’re basically saying that you expect to return their gift.
Post # 7
Wow that store policy would make me yell at someone I’m sure! 5 bucks when it’s on the shelf for 40 bucks!? I’d probably get a little sneaky with my returning over that.
I’m pretty sure there is absolutely no nice way to ask for gift receipts, considering you aren’t supposed to expect to get a gift in the first place, getting one at all is supposed to be a treat and there’s no nice way to say please give me a receipt in case I want to return it 🙂
Although that would be nice! Target’s return policy totally sucks and I had someone give me one placemat… one.. really? When I returned it I was happy to found out they changed their return policy and that 4 dollar placemat wouldn’t be my one return per year. I never would have dreamed of asking her for a GR though. I would only ever ask my parents or best friend, and with good explanation.
Post # 8
I wish it was this easy! I registered at Kohls and Macy’s and I did find that Macy’s would put the gift receipt in the bottom of the bag and then put tissue paper and the gift on top. Kohl’s I have found they need to scan the registry info in order for it to pick up that a gift receipt is required or unless the person asks for one. Unfortunately, your post is true for me, I registered for a crock pot and received it and then someone else bought us a crockk pot (wish they had looed at my registry) and with no receipt they will only give me $3.25 when they are currently selling it for $40!
Post # 9
Etiquette wise that is a toughy… no real way to do this.
But I agree, Gift Receipts are fantastic. Canada’s largest department store, The Bay does them and I LOVE them, and always ask for them when I am giving a gift that I purchased there.
I think a lot of folks don’t get Gift Receipts for a variety of reasons…
1- They don’t know how they work
In that they are a BLIND copy of the regular receipt… so they don’t show prices. But they can be scanned for that info by the Store.
That they are as good if not better than a standard receipt, so you can usually do an Exchange, Refund or Credit… and sometimes the time for doing so is also longer… “as long as the item is unused / or in original box etc”
2- A lot of people don’t like putting in receipts period… because they think it is a tacky practice to do so. OR they don’t want to even think about the couple wanting to… what is perceived as “get rid” of their present
3- Some people buy gifts on sale, and they don’t want their friends & family members to know that. Somehow thinking that the fact that they bought you a $ 500 Kitchenaid Mixer looks better than if you knew they picked it up on Sale for $ 350
Post # 10
I think the stores should be doing more to help. They should ask if you want a gift receipt. Some stores will automatically put it into a little envelope and tape it to the box, I think they should all do so!
Post # 11
Yeah, I don’t know exactly why I was only supposed to be able to give her $5.00, but the technial reason was because we do like 13 week low policy, so the register finds the lowest price in the past 13 weeks & if it had been discontinued in the past 13 weeks it can be extremely low.. Doubtful that the person spent that much on it.. but unfortunately that’s the case. Also, unfortunately there isn’t much that can be done because the system makes all the decision & we really can’t do anything about that.
But anyways, I’m glad to see that other people are at least thinking it’d be nice to recieve them, though I figured it is not appropriate to ask.. I know I’ve got a couple weddings coming up this year & I will make sure to get a gift receipt for them!
I know if you involve the registry you will usually get one, so hopefully everyone will just go along with that..
I’m planning to register are Bed Bath & Beyond & maybe Macy’s or something.. Or Target or Kohl’s I haven’t decided..
Macy’s seems to have a great return policy but I’m not sure about Bed Bath & Beyond, but Target doesn’t seem to be all the easy with there’s & apparently Kohl’s does the same as what I was talking about. Haha. Any opinions on where to register considering this discussion??