BUYERS who made the most of the July 4th sales may now regret their purchases and earnestly wish to return their items.
This is because many retailers cut their prices a few days before and during Independence Day yesterday.
It’s always worth shopping before you buy, but during sales it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and miss out on cheaper products elsewhere.
It can also be easy to get caught off guard by discounts and spend unnecessary money.
An offer can never be considered good unless you plan to purchase the item anyway.
If you would like to return items purchased during the July 4th sales, we explain your refund rights below.
Can I get a refund if I change my mind?
There is no law that requires retailers to refund your money if you regret purchasing an item, but the vast majority of them still do.
This is because it is good business practice and creates a loyal and regular customer base.
The time you have to return an item varies among retailers, so be sure to check that out.
Just be aware that most will ask you to have the receipt or other proof of purchase to collect the money.
The best advice to be sure of being reimbursed
WE have put together some tips to increase your chances of getting a refund.
- Verify that the item has a price tag: If not, tell the seller and make sure they note this on the receipt so that you have no problem if you need to return the item.
- Learn about refund policies: If you are unsure of the refund and return policies, be sure to ask them to clarify.
- Save all receipts: Most retailers will not give a refund or exchange without proof of purchase.
- Check electronic receipts: Many retailers now offer digital receipts, which can be handy if you tend to lose paper receipts. Just be sure to double check they are correct before you leave the store.
If the item you purchased is faulty, however, the retailer must reimburse you.
If a retailer doesn’t offer a refund for items you no longer want, they should also post this policy statement where customers can see it.
If not, you can usually return the goods for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also enforces a withdrawal rule, but this only applies to door-to-door sales.
The policy typically gives customers three days to cancel purchases of at least $ 25 made at their home or at least $ 130 made at temporary locations.
If you wish to cancel a transaction covered by the Withdrawal Rule, you must sign, date and mail a copy of the cancellation form provided within three days of purchase.
If the seller has not given you a form, you can write and send a termination letter.
Protection for credit card users
Thanks to the Fair Credit Billing Act, credit card users enjoy greater protection compared to those who have paid by other means, such as by debit card or cash.
The rules allow customers to complain about credit card charges, which can include any of the following:
- Unauthorized charges
- Charges containing incorrect dates or amounts
- Payments for goods and services that have not been accepted or delivered as agreed
- Errors during calculations
- Charges for goods damaged during delivery
- Fees that require clarification
To be eligible, you must submit your complaint in writing to your credit card provider within 60 days of receiving the invoice.
The fee must also be greater than $ 50.
The creditor must acknowledge receipt of your complaint, in writing, within 30 days of receipt, unless the issue has been resolved.
They should then resolve the dispute within two billing cycles (but no more than 90 days) after receiving your letter.
You can get a sample letter on the FTC website to help you with your claim.
Many retailers also cut prices ahead of Memorial Day in May.
Yesterday, President Joe Biden announced that “America is coming back together” during a July 4 celebration at the White House.
Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg shared a bizarre video of himself carrying an American flag while surfing to celebrate Independence Day.