The Nordstrom Employee Discount: 8 Things You Gotta Know for Success

September 21, 2021 by Kyle
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If you found this article you’re either considering applying for a job, or a new hire trying to figure out exactly how the Nordstrom employee discount works. In either case, they have a pretty liberal discount for employees and it definitely helps you save money, especially when you can tack it the discount onto clearance and final sale merchandise. Here are the 8 important things you must know in order to use the discount and maximize your savings when shopping at Nordstrom.

Nordstrom Employee Discount: 8 Things You Gotta Know for Success

1. What Exactly is the Nordstrom Employee Discount?

There employee discount is either 20% -or- 33% depending on your level of employment.

Regular hourly employees get a 20% discount while management gets a very solid 33% discount.

I’ve also been told that some department managers, and what they term all-stars (like employee of the month), can also qualify for the 33% discount for limited periods of time.

See Also: The 15 Best Employee Discounts at Fast Food Restaurants

2. How Long Do I Have to Work to Qualify For the Discount?

You’re eligible for the employee discount as soon as you have an employee number and receive your first paycheck.

This is done to prevent people from getting jobs at Nordstrom simply to take advantage of the discount and then abruptly quitting.

The discount applies to both part-time and full-time employees.

3. Are There Any Items That Are Excluded?

The only item at Nordstrom that does NOT qualify for the employee discount is Gift Cards.

See Also: Nordstrom Price Match Policy: Everything You Need to Know (and Much More)

4. Will Nordstrom Increase the Discount Around the Holidays?

Yes.

Some Nordstrom locations will increase their employee discount around Christmas and other holidays.

From my research, it seems to come down to the discretion of individual store managers, but the discount boost averages 10% – 20%.

5. Can I Get the Discount on “Final Markdown” Items?

Yes.

Considering that Final Markdown items are often already 50% to 80% off the original price, the employee discount on top of that makes for a GREAT discount.

6. Can I Get The Discount When Shopping Online Also?

Yes, but you must start the process on this page.

You’ll be asked sign-in to your Nordstrom account or create one if you don’t already have one.

Next you’ll enter your employee number and follow the steps to collect your discount.

On the checkout page, enter EMPLOYEE in the “promotion code” box.

Then enter your employee number in the space provided and you should be good to go.

See Also: Nordstrom Return Policy: Answers to Your 8 Biggest Questions

7. Are My Family Members or Spouse Eligible?

Yes.

Specifically, family members under the age of 25 who live with you, along with your spouse, are indeed eligible for the employee discount.

8. What Payment Method Can I Use When Using My Employee Discount?

You’ll need to use either a Nordstrom Visa card, Nordstrom credit card, or Nordstrom Gift Card as payment in order to get the discount.

Sound confusing? Nordstrom offers BOTH a retail credit card that can ONLY be used at Nordstrom, and a Visa card than can be used anywhere that accepts Visa.

Both cards will have your employee number on the back which is used for proof of employment.

Ask the Reader: Do you work for Nordstrom? Let me know if I’m missing any details concerning their employee discount.


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Mike Mozart.

Newegg Return Policy: We Make Sense of a VERY Complicated Policy

Updated September 17, 2021 by Kyle
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I’ve been breaking down retailer’s return policies for a few years now and I gotta admit that I’ve yet to find one as complicated as the Newegg return policy. Things that complicate the Newegg policy considerably include 3rd party sellers with different rules, products that are “replacement only”, and the dreaded restocking fee that accompany some products. Not helping the problem is Newegg’s website, which includes 3 pages dedicated to their return policy, making for a TOTAL mess when trying to find specific information. So I went ahead and broke it ALL down for you on a single page, hope this helps.

Newegg Return Policy: We Make Sense of a VERY Complicated Policy

How Many Return Days Does Newegg Allow?

30 days.

For items sold and shipped by Newegg, you get exactly 30 days from date of delivery to request a refund or return.

For items sold by a 3rd party seller, you need to check with the individual seller to determine the return window or if the item is non-returnable.

Who Pays the Return Shipping?

On items that are sold and shipped by Newegg they will pay for the return label on stuff that weighs less than 50 pounds.

You simply request the label during the return creation process.

Does Newegg Ever Charge a Restocking Fee?

Yes.

For products that Newegg sells and ships directly (not stuff from 3rd party sellers), they will ONLY give you a full refund if there is something wrong or defective with the item.

If the reason for your return is what they deem a “Personal Reason”, and you OPENED the product, expect to pay a restocking fee of 15%.

This is a terrible policy and seems to actually encourage shoppers to damage items so they can avoid the restocking fee.

Also, they “reserve the right” to charge you a 15% restocking fee if you refuse delivery on any item.

How Do I Avoid the 15% Restocking Fee?

Hassle Free Return at Newegg

Look for items on Newegg that are stamped with the “30-Day Hassle-Free Returns” badge.

Those are the only products that comes with NO restocking fee and a free return label, even on products that you OPENED.

Above is a screenshot of what the badge looks like so you know what to look for.

Can Products Be Used or Opened?

Depends on the item and the seller.

Be sure to check the bottom of the product page to see the specific return policy for that item.

See screenshot above to see what it looks like.

Many big ticket items like TVs are non-refundable when sold by a 3rd party seller.

You have MUCH more leeway when buying items sold and shipped by Newegg and in most cases you can return used products, especially if they have a defect.

See Also: Amazon Return Policy: We Break Thru the Confusion and Make Sense Of It

What If I Threw Away the Original Packaging?

You just might be out of luck when requesting a return if you tossed the original packaging.

This holds true for both 3rd party sellers on Newegg and products they ship and fulfill themselves.

Always hold on to boxes and packaging for the first 30 days in case you need them.

What About Returning “Marketplace Seller” Items?

To see what a seller’s specific return policy is you need to visit their profile page directly.

Make sure you’re comfortable with their individual policy before you make a significant purchase or you might be stuck with the product OR on the hook for return shipping charges.

How Do I Start a Return With Newegg?

When you’re ready to start a return, simply follow these 6 steps to make it happen:

1. Sign-In to your account.

2. Go to your Order History and find the item you want to return.

3. Select Refund or Replace located directly to the Right of the item.

4. Pick your Return Reason and compete the Return Information.

5. Select your Shipping Method and click on Submit Return.

6. Next, follow the steps to prepare your package and print your shipping label (if provided).

Are There Any Exceptions to the 30 Days?

No, but there are some product specific exceptions that you should be aware of.

– Bundles: If you buy multiple items bundled together, often sold at a discount, you must return the ENTIRE bundle and not a single product from the bundle.

– Kit Purchases: You CAN return individual items bought as a kit for a replacement only.

– TV & Video Purchases: TVs larger than 37″ require an adult signature upon delivery. Be sure you inspect the TV quickly for damage as you only have 48 hours to report any damage to Newegg.

– Zero Dead Pixel Policy: If your new TV or monitor has as few as ONE bad pixel, Newegg will let you return it within 30 days.

– Special Orders: You CANNOT return special orders under any circumstance.

– Quantity Purchases: If you get a discount when buying 10 or more of the same item, the purchase immediately becomes non-refundable.

– Promotional Products: You gotta return all items that came with your promotional product if you want to request a return or refund at Newegg.

– Prepaid Gift Cards: You can’t return them under any circumstance.

What’s the Newegg “45/1 Return Policy” All About?

If you see a product on the Newegg website that is marked with “This item is covered by Newegg’s 45/1 Return Policy” you have 45 days to make a return AND your eligible for a replacement within 1 year of delivery date.

I was told by a Newegg representative that the 45/1 return policy is typically applied during the holiday season.

As of this writing it’s unavailable but keep an eye out for it in November and December.

See Also: Best Buy Return Policy: 8 Things You Gotta Know to Make Sense Of It

What is the Return Policy on Laptops?

Laptops can typically be replaced or refunded within 30 days from the delivery date.

Be sure to check the return policy information under Warranty & Returns on the item page.

What About a “Replacement Only” Return?

Some products have a replacement only return policy.

I was told by Newegg that some VGAs, GPUs. and laptops have this kind of a policy.

Be sure to check the item page for specifics before you buy.

See Also: Apple Return Policy: 5 Reasons Why It Sucks Out Loud

How is a Marketplace Return Different?

Like I mentioned earlier, marketplace sellers can have a different return policy compared to Newegg’s policy.

Check out this page to see exactly how to do a marketplace return, it also includes screenshots which is very convenient and makes the process much easier to follow.

From my research the vast majority of marketplace returns can be done via the Newegg Return Portal.

Does Newegg Have Something Called a “Manufacturer-Only” Return Policy?

Yes.

Some products CANNOT be returned to Newegg and require you to contact the actual manufacturer for a refund, exchange, or return.

Again, you’ll want to closely examine the product page to see if what you’re considering buying has a return policy like this.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever had to use the Newegg return policy? Was it an easy process or a total pain in the butt?


By Kyle James

Walmart Vision Center: 8 Things You GOTTA Know Before You Visit

September 10, 2021 by Kyle
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Getting an eye exam and a new pair of eyeglasses doesn’t have to be expensive if you play your cards right. Enter the Walmart Vision Center where you can get an eye exam (from a board certified optometrist) and a new pair of prescription glasses for under $100. Even less if you’re not super picky about frame style and brand. So I went out and did the research to figure out exactly how the eye center at Walmart works and here are all the things you GOTTA know before you show up.

1. What Type of Frames Does Walmart Offer?

Walmart Vision Center: 8 Things You GOTTA Know Before You Visit

Walmart offers many name-brand frames like Ray-Ban, Guess, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Nike, Lacoste, and Armani Exchange.

But where Walmart separates themselves is in the great deals on generic frames and frames for kids.

They have a terrific selection of both with prices starting below $10.

If your family is on a tight budget, I’d definitely shop for frames at Walmart and AVOID buying them at an eye doctor’s office or specialty retailers like Lens Crafters or Vision Works.

The cool part is that Walmart claims they can have your eyeglasses ready to be picked up (or delivered) in 7-10 days.

2. What Does an Eye Exam Cost? 

If your local Walmart has a vision center with a doctor of optometry within, you can expect to pay around $75 for an eye exam.

The last time I checked this was a little more expensive than Costco which charges $65 for an exam.

Talking to folks that have had an eye exam at Walmart they’ve been happy with the service overall but did say to expect less face time with the doctor compared to a regular optometrist office.

See Also: Costco Optical: 10 Things To Know Before You Buy Your Next Pair of Eyeglasses

3. Do I Need an Appointment for a Vision Exam?

Yes, and you CAN’T make the appointment online.

You need to call your local Walmart eye center and schedule your vision exam.

4. Do They Except All Types of Insurance?

Most.

I dug around on their website and discovered that Walmart Vision Center takes most major insurance providers.

Apparently only the following providers are considered “Out-of-Network” which means they’ll cover less.

  • Cole Managed Vision
  • Davis Vision
  • EyeMed
  • Spectera
  • VSP

I’d contact your local Walmart eye center if you have any specific questions related to your insurance.

5. Does Walmart Hire Only Experienced Optometrists? 

Yes, they’re highly trained, but keep in mind that Walmart DOES NOT actually hire most them.

The vast majority are considered self-employed eye doctors who simply lease space in the store right next to the vision center.

Not all vision centers have an optometrist within, so check with your local Walmart first.

Keep in mind that you can visit any Walmart in your area, so if you don’t like the Vision Center staff at a particular Walmart, try a different one.

Once you find a center that you really like, just make that your “home” eye center.

6. Are Walmart Eyewear Prices Competitive?

Yes.

The online Walmart Vision Center currently has 137 different frames priced under $50 and 20 priced under $20 and many are brand names like Vera Wang, Fendi, and Nike.

Obviously the brand and materials used is going to influence the price of the frame, but overall the prices are very competitive.

Lens prices also vary with “single-vision” lenses available for FREE and “progressive no-line lenses” coming in at $50.

You also have the following cool options available:

– Basic Tint: $41

– Clear Lenses: Free

– Polarized Tint: $65

– Transition Lenses: $65

See Also: Walmart Pharmacy: Your 7 Burning Questions Finally Answered

7. Does Walmart Also Sell Contact Lenses?

Yes.

They sell popular contact brands like Acuvue, Air Optix, Bausch+Lomb, and Dailies.

They range in price from $40 a box up to about $80.

They’ll even mail them for FREE and let you set up a “Auto Lens Subscription” where Walmart will automatically mail you new contacts when you need them.

8. Can I Bring in my Eyewear Prescription from Another Doctor?

Yes.

If you don’t need an eye exam, and already have a prescription in-hand, you can walk-in whiteout an appointment.

A Walmart vision center associate will help you find the best frame and lenses for your needs.

Bonus: What Type of Return Policy Comes with my Glasses?

This is where the Walmart vision center gets an A+ in my book.

Not only do you get a 60 day return policy (no questions asked), but you also get a 1 year warranty for the frame and the lenses.

So if you get a deep scratch in a lens within the first 365 days, you can bring them back for a full replacement lens.

Likewise if you sit on, step on, or break the frame any other way, you can bring them back for a free replacement as well.

Walmart will even pay the return shipping charges which is kinda epic.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever bought eyeglasses or contacts from the Walmart vision center? Would you recommend it? Let me know.


By Kyle James

Photo by Mike Mozart.