Get the most out of the Christmas present you didn't like with these tips
WONDERING what to do with that gift you really didn’t like?
Don’t just chuck it or stash it away in the back of a cupboard — there’s lots of ways to prevent the money spent from being wasted.
Here’s how to get what you really want.
WILL THEY REFUND? If the present was bought from a shop then you don’t have the right to return it unless the item is broken. But many retailers will be happy to issue a refund or a credit note.
You will normally need a gift receipt or a normal receipt.
HOW LONG HAVE I GOT? Most High Street shops offer at least a 28-day period to return unused items for a refund or exchange. Some offer more over Christmas. At John Lewis, for example, gifts bought between October 1 and December 24 can be returned up until January 28.
IT DOESN’T WORK. If the item is faulty, broken or not as described you are entitled to a full refund within 30 days of purchase or delivery.
After 30 days, the store must provide a repair or replacement. If that is unsuccessful, you can claim a refund up to six months after purchase.
ORDERED ONLINE? If the item was bought online and you have a gift receipt, you can return it for a refund, regardless of whether it is broken or not.
You have 14 days from purchase to notify the online retailer about returning the item, then a further 14 days to return the item. You may have to pay the postage if it is not faulty.
STUCK WITH IT? If you cannot return an unwanted gift, flog it on eBay or Facebook Marketplace, to avoid selling fees. Or if it’s something that is costly but could be useful to others, for example a camera or dress, put it on a renting site such as Fat Llama or RentNotBuy. Otherwise keep hold of it as a gift to pass on to someone else — just don’t give it to the person you received it from!
CARD TRICKS: If you’ve been given a gift card you don’t want, websites such as Cardyard will pay you a percentage under the value of the card to take it off your hands.
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