Here’s every holiday return policy from Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and more

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There are always two parts to the holiday shopping season: the buying and gifting phase and the receiving and returning phase. If truth be told, no matter how much you think you know that special someone, or yourself, not every holiday gift is a guaranteed smash hit.

Perhaps you should’ve ordered that pair of fuzzy winter boots a size larger, or the “new” laptop can’t seem to hold a charge; the odds are always stacked against you.

If you think about it, the end of the year is when most retailers and brands embrace the holiday cheer to clean out any leftover products in their warehouses, so defects and irregularities are not surprising. So you might need to return a product that didn’t arrive as described. In fact, knowing how flexible a retailer’s return policy could be helpful in deciding to buy from one source over another.

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Below I’ve broken down the fine print of every major retailer and brand so you know exactly how much longer you have before that return window is closed for good.

Holiday return policies for major retailers

Here’s a snapshot of every major retailer and how their return policies compare:

retailers

Return window

Return shipping

In store returns

Unqualified items

Amazon

Until Jan 31, 2023

Free, via UPS

Yes, via Whole Foods, UPS, or Kohl’s

Products from third-party sellers, downloadable content, gift cards

Walmart

Until Jan 31, 2023

Free, via FedEx

Yes, via Walmart

Products from third-party sellers, downloadable content, gift cards

Target

Until Jan 24, 2023

Free, via UPS

Yes, via Target

Products from third-party sellers, downloadable content, gift cards

best buy

Until Jan. 14, 2023, or after 60 days for Totaltech members

Free, via UPS, USPS, and FedEx

Yes, via Best Buy

Activatable devices, downloadable content, gift cards

Costco

Within 90 days after purchase

No

Yes, via Costco

Activatable devices, downloadable content, gift cards

BRA

Until Feb 1, 2023

Paid, via your shipping preference

Yes, via B&H

Products from third-party sellers, downloadable content, gift cards

Newegg

Until Jan 31, 2023

Free, via UPS and FedEx

No

Products from third-party sellers, downloadable content, gift cards


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Holiday return policies for brands

And here’s a snapshot of every major brand and how compare their return policies:

retailers

Return window

Return shipping

In store returns

Unqualified items

Apple

Until Jan 8, 2023

Free, via UPS and FedEx

Yes, via Apple store

Downloadable digital content, gift cards

Samsung

Within 30 days after delivery

Free, via FedEx

Yes, via Samsung store

None

Google

Until Jan 15, 2023

Free, via FedEx

Yes, via Google store

Downloadable digital content, SIM cards, gift cards

Microsoft

Within 30 days after delivery

Free, via UPS

Yes, via Microsoft store

Downloadable digital content, gift cards

LG

Within 30 days after delivery

Free, via FedEx

No

None

HB

Until Jan 15, 2023

Free, via UPS and FedEx

No

Downloadable digital content, gift cards, large format printers, “Final Sale” items

Lenovo

Until Jan 15, 2023

Free, via UPS

No

Lenovo Outlet orders, servers/storage products


FAQs

While most of the items purchased from Amazon between Oct. 11 and Dec. 25, 2022 are eligible for a return until Jan. 31, 2023, the policy does not apply to every item on the platform. When shopping, you should pay close attention to whether you’re choosing products that are sold and shipped directly from Amazon, which qualify for the retailer’s extended return policy, and ones that are distributed by third-party sellers, which don’t qualify.

As always, downloadable and consumable digital products such as gift cards are not eligible for returns, period.

In the case that an item arrived damaged, either due to shipping or manufacturer defect, you’ll want to reach out to the retailer or brand’s customer service line for further instruction. In most cases, the return or replacement process will be the same as usual. However, there is a possibility that you may have to file an investigation claim with your local carrier if the damage is suspected to have occurred during shipping.

Most stores will require you to have either a physical or digital receipt should you want to return a product. If you ordered from an e-commerce platform like Amazon, Walmart, or Newegg, the receipt should be available to you on your Orders page.

That said, retailers like Costco, Macy’s, and Target do accept receipt-less returns. In some cases, you’ll have to settle for store credit instead of getting actual cash back.

For physical purchases, it’s always good practice to take a picture of the receipt in case the item is not as described or you change your mind.

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