On December 26, 2014, CNBC wrote a piece entitled “6 stores with the worst return policies for gifts.”
Included on the list were stores that… gasp… required receipts to prove that the item was bought at the store.
Interestingly, American Apparel made the list, where reportedly:
” Any item that was not purchased at full price cannot be returned. This includes sale items.”
3 Questions That Arise From This Story
1. What is “American Apparel’s definition of ‘sale’?” We always assumed that meant paying a price less than full price, but presumably it includes something else. We’ll assume this means there is some sort of hipster-barter arrangement that also involves not paying full price.
2. Why does the author assume that returning something without a receipt is an unfair policy? It seems kinda unfair to us that shoplifters and people who received the free U2 album on iTunes ought to be able to expect to return their items to any Sears and receive a full refund.
3. Where can we return this CNBC article and get our time back, without a receipt? Since we read it online, we are confused as to whether we should go to our internet service providers, or to Comcast, owner of CNBC. If you are able to return your CNBC articles to Comcast without being on hold for an hour and talked out of it by an aggressive call center employee, feel free to let us know in the comments below!
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