(Updated 12/21/18) Have you ever been stuck with something that is brand spanking new that you know you’ll NEVER need or use? Since it’s just a couple short weeks after Christmas I am guessing that darn near everyone reading this can relate in one way or another. Whether it be that Duck Dynasty t-shirt and Christmas DVD your Mom gave you, or that 2nd crock pot from the in-laws, there is always something you wish you could return if you just had the dang receipt. Well, now you can, as I researched a bunch of popular retailers that will happily take back items without proof of purchase.
Because they keep track of all your purchases on your Costco account, they don’t require a receipt to make a return. They will just look up your buying history on their computer and verify the purchase that way.
Pretty handy, especially since they allow you to return items at practically any point in the products lifespan.
The only exception is electronics which has a 90 day return policy. I have personally returned a Keurig coffee maker without a receipt over a year after I originally purchased it. They took it back with no questions asked.
If you return items to The Home Depot sans receipt you won’t be completely out of luck. From their website, “Returns made without a valid sales receipt or an expired receipt may be exchanged or refunded to a Home Depot store credit or a Home Depot Commercial Account for the lowest advertised price.”
Better than being stuck with a set of wrenches that you’ll never use (or learn to use). Although, it might be a great time to learn to be a DIY’er. Hint, hint.
Don’t have your receipt? No problem. Kohl’s will still allow you to exchange the item, get a merchandise credit, or get a corporate refund.
If you are returning an item to Lands’ End without a receipt you have some options. Well…at least one option.
From their website, “If you return an item for which there is no record of purchase, we will issue a refund for the item’s lowest sale price in the form of a Lands’ End Gift Card.” Store credit is better than no credit, right?
According to the Lowe’s website, “In most instances, your receipt can be retrieved by using the original credit card, checking account number, MyLowe’s card or by your phone number.” Lowe’s also leaves the option open to only give store credit on returns without a receipt in case they are unable to retrieve said receipt.
If you try to return an item to Macy’s without a receipt, “credit will be issued in the form of a “Happy Returns” Gift Card for the item’s lowest selling price within the last 180 days.” Also, if you are returning an item bought online, and you don’t have a receipt, you can use your order confirmation email instead.
The folks at Office Depot will work with you if you don’t have a receipt but there are a bunch of caveats. First, all returns without a receipt require a valid ID card and tech products without a receipt are NOT returnable.
From the Office Depot website, all other items returned without a receipt “that are active in our computer system will be refunded in the form of an Office Depot or OfficeMax Merchandise Card in an amount equal to the lowest retail price during the preceding 90 days. If that amount is under $10, we will refund in cash.”
ROSS – Dress for Less
While it can be a bit tricky to return an item to Ross without a receipt, it can be done. From their website, “Merchandise returns without a receipt will require a valid picture ID and if approved by the refund system, will be refunded in the form of a store credit or exchanged at the item’s current selling price.”
Hey, always worth a shot. Return items sooner, rather than later, as stuff gets lowered in price quickly at Ross and you’ll want to get the highest price point possible.
Target has the ability to look up your purchase, making an original receipt totally optional. If the item was a gift, and you don’t have a receipt, you are going to be stuck with store credit.
It should be noted that they have this disclaimer on their website, “Items that are opened or damaged or do not have a packing slip or receipt may be denied a refund or exchange.” It keeps the door cracked open just a tiny but so they can deny your return if they think something is fishy.
TJ Maxx will happily give you store credit if you return items without a receipt. Your store credit will be redeemable both online or at any retail location.
If you’re returning an online purchase you can use your email confirmation if you lost your packing slip. So start returning items to TJ Maxx without a receipt as store credit is pretty darn good.
Walmart also has a liberal return policy when you return items without a receipt. With no receipt, from the Walmart website, “Walmart gives customers the option of a cash refund (if the purchase was under $25), a shopping card (gift card) for the amount of the purchase (if it was over $25) or an even exchange for the product.”
Ask the Reader: Do you know of any other popular stores who will take something back without a receipt? Let me know in the comments and I will check them out. Thanks!
By Kyle James