Know The Rules: Holiday Return Policies
Occasionally, there’s a silver lining in the black cloud of a poor economy and one of those silver linings is holiday return policies, which can give you additional time to return less-than-perfect holiday gifts. With any return policy, tech gear often faces stricter rules than other products do, so be aware—many technology items can only be returned before a certain number of days (such as 15 days), instead of within the store’s regular return period (such as 30 to 90 days). Items such as digital cameras and laptops, which can be "wardrobed" (used for a special occasion and then returned), usually have a restocking fee, which is sometimes as high as 25%. To avoid piracy, some opened items (such as software, DVDs, CDs, and video games) can only be returned if defective, and even then, only for a replacement copy.