PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The COVID related changes we saw during the shopping season continue as people start returning holiday gifts.
Many stores are enforcing limits on the number of shoppers and some retailers are offering curbside returns.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Lawyers React To Derek Chauvin Being Found Guilty Of George Floyd's Murder
Plenty of retailers are giving consumers more time to bring back items because of the pandemic.
“They’re extending their return windows, so pay attention to Amazon, Apple, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, all of the big stores have extended their return window,” says Sara Skirboll, a shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot.
Skirboll says to keep receipts and understand the store’s policy.
“What condition does that item have to be in, does the tag have to be on? Does it have to be in its original packaging, etc,” she says.
If you’re sending back a gift bought online, check the box for return information.READ MORE: Columbus Police Show Body Camera Footage Of Officer Fatally Shooting 16-Year-Old Girl
Make sure to read the fine print and see if the retailer offers a free return label.
It’s important to remember that items shipped now may face some of the pandemic related delays we saw during the holidays.
And it may take some time to receive a credit or reimbursement.
And people looking to exchange a gift can find some low prices right now.
“Items are gonna be significantly discounted. So, not only do stores have excess inventory from the holidays, they even have excess inventory from the fall. So, you’re gonna find deals anywhere between 25 and up to 75% off on apparel and shoes, for example,” says Skirboll.MORE NEWS: Southwestern Pa. Police Officers React To Derek Chauvin's Guilty Verdict
That can give shoppers a chance to treat themselves to a post-holiday gift.