Know Your Return Policies, From Anthropologie to The Gap

Return Policies of Your Favorite Stores

Little is more frustrating than trekking out to a store (wasting some gas in the process) to return a pair of jeans that had been sitting in your trunk for the past month and getting rejected because you procrastinated one week too many. You promise yourself: Never again.

We’ve warned you about being a returnaholic, but half the battle is learning how to return well. As you’ll see below, return policies vary widely from retailer to retailer. Although it’s impossible to cover every retailer you might visit, we’ll give you the lay of the land by breaking down the policies of several national retailers:

RetailerDeadline for ReturnsRequires receipt?Restocking Fee?Other Details
Electronics
Best BuyComputers, monitors, projectors, cameras, iPads, tablets: 14 days; all else: 30 daysYes25% restocking fee for special order productsBring a valid photo ID; refunds generally in the same form as original payment
NewEgg.com30 daysNA15% restocking fee on refunds (not for exchanges)Returns require a special return authorization number
Radio ShackUnopened CDs, DVDs or software, unless defective: 30 days; defective items: 90 daysYes10% on Cinego DLP projectorsIf bought online, can't return in-store; may have to pay return shipping for online items
Clothing Stores
AnthropologieIndefinite (30 days for furniture)NoNoAwarded price diff if item goes on sale w/in 14 days of purchase; $5.95 shipping for refunds or exchanges; online purchases can be exchanged in stores
Banana Republic & The Gap45 days as long as unwashed, unworn (or defective), and not final sale. Sunglasses require receipt, case & tags. Swimwear must have tags & hygienic linerYesNo$6 postage if return or exchange by mail; some online items are “Return by Mail Only,” but others can be returned to store; online goods eligible for one-time price adjustment if marked down w/in 14 days of order date
Zappos365 daysNoNoFree return shipping
Department Stores
Bloomingdale’sIndefinite (furniture must be returned within 3 days of delivery). Most merchandise is eligible for exchange or returnYesNoFor exchanges, new item shipped free of charge but you pay for return shipping unless retailer error; most items bought online can be returned in store
Macys.com180 days (some items have a shorter window)Depends on the item10% restocking fee on furnitureCannot return online purchases in store
Nordstrom30 days for items purchased from Nordstrom Rack; longer for other itemsNoNoCan return online purchases in store; $6 shipping if returning online purchases by mail; original shipping charges for online items are nonrefundable
  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Guest

    You can return Macys.com purchases in store without a problem. It says so right on the receipt and I have done it with no problems.

  • Classyjojo725

    The information posted about Banana Republic is incorrect. Returns in store are good for 60 days after purchase. Also, you DON’T need receipt for return if you purchased with your brand card (i.e., Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy credit card) or a credit/debit card.

  • Guest

    The Gap/Banana Republic return policy stated in the article is for online orders. As someone said below, the in store time frame is 60 days and you don’t need a receipt as long as you have the credit card. If there is no receipt available, store credit will be issued for the current selling price of the item(s). Price adjustments are available for purchases made in store within 7 days.

  • Guest

    The Gap/Banana Republic return policy stated in the article is for online orders. As someone said below, the in store time frame is 60 days and you don’t need a receipt as long as you have the credit card. If there is no receipt available, store credit will be issued for the current selling price of the item(s). Price adjustments are available for purchases made in store within 7 days.

  • Guest

    The Gap/Banana Republic return policy stated in the article is for online orders. As someone said below, the in store time frame is 60 days and you don’t need a receipt as long as you have the credit card. If there is no receipt available, store credit will be issued for the current selling price of the item(s). Price adjustments are available for purchases made in store within 7 days.

  • Guest

    The Gap/Banana Republic return policy stated in the article is for online orders. As someone said below, the in store time frame is 60 days and you don’t need a receipt as long as you have the credit card. If there is no receipt available, store credit will be issued for the current selling price of the item(s). Price adjustments are available for purchases made in store within 7 days.

  • Neha Shah

    You can return online purchases in the Macy’s store. I did it recently.