Abercrombie Return Policy: Here’s Exactly How the A&F Policy Works

Updated January 19, 2024 by Kyle James
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Abercrombie & Fitch is a popular American clothing store known for trendy clothing for teens and young adults. Whether you’re buying an item online or gifting A&F clothing this season, there’s always the potential you may need to make a return. It’s important to fully understand Abercrombie’s return policy, especially as it relates to the fees they charge for returns via the mail. Read on to learn the exact things to keep in mind, many of which are not mentioned anywhere on their website.

Abercrombie Return Policy: Here's Exactly How the A&F Policy Works

How Many Return Days Does Abercrombie Allow?

30 days.

You have 30 days after purchase to return your Abercrombie item(s) to receive a full refund.

Don’t forget to bring your original sales receipt when making the return.

Do I Need My Receipt?


If you want money returned to your original form of payment, YOU NEED your original A&F sales receipt.

If you DON’T have your receipt, your return will be considered an “after 30 days” return and you’ll be stuck with store credit in the form of an Abercrombie e-gift card.

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Can Items Be Worn or Laundered?


You technically cannot return items that have been worn or laundered as this will impact the original condition of the item.

That being said, if you wore the item, but still have the original tags on it, you can potentially return the item as long as it maintained its original condition.

What Happens if I Lost My Receipt?

Unfortunately, you cannot return your purchase without your original receipt, invoice, or order confirmation.

Luckily, if you made an online purchase that you’d like to return, you can easily locate your receipt/ order confirmation that was sent to your email.

Does Abercrombie Offer an Extended Holiday Return Period?


Abercrombie does have an extended holiday return policy.

If you made a purchase anytime between November 1 – December 21, you can make a return and still receive a full refund anytime up until January 31 of the new year.

Are Any Products Not Returnable?


The following items are not eligible for return or exchange at Abercrombie:

– Face Masks

– Personalized Items

– Final Sale Items

– Custom Products

For some other questionable items like women’s swim bottoms, intimates, and more, as long as the product has its hygiene liner still attached to the product, and the original tags are on the item, you can return them.

The key is to have the A&F product in the same condition as when you originally bought it.

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Do Online Orders Have the Same Policy?


Online orders at Abercrombie follow a similar return policy in that you have up to 30 days from the date of the shipment of the order to receive a refund.

Be aware that you technically have less than 30 days because it will take the order time from the shipment date to get to your home.

And, the 30 days takes into account the time it takes for the item to be returned/processed, so consider not waiting until the last minute to make a return because it will take time to process your return item(s).

Any returns that are received/processed after 30 days can still receive a refund only via merchandise credit.

The credit will be sent as an e-gift card sent to the email address that you used to make the order.

Can I Do an Exchange on an Online Return?


To make it happen you NEED to include the following with your online return:

  1. Full Item Name.
  2. Size requirement.
  3. Color requirement.

Make sure you’re explicit about what you’re exchanging, especially if requesting a size and color different than the original A&F item purchased.

Who Pays Return Shipping Costs?

This is where their policy is not the best as YOU are responsible for return shipping costs.

$7 will be taken off your original refund amount to pay for the return shipping label costs.

Keep this in mind if you are deciding to make your return in-store vs. online.

Always opt for an in-store return if you live near an Abercrombie store.

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Don’t Pay the $7 Return Shipping Fee

If your online order arrives, and the quality of the item is not what you thought it would be, DO NOT pay the $7 to return it.

Instead call them a 1-866-681-3115 and inform them of the issue and tell them they need to pay the return shipping charges and they should oblige.

The same goes for items with sizing and fit issues that are out of your control.

They should be on the hook for return shipping costs if the issue is on their side.

Don’t be afraid to call them and voice your concern.

How Do I Make an Online Order Return?

If you have no choice but to return online, you’ll need to follow the below steps.

1. Start your online return process by clicking HERE.

2. If you wish to track your return, consider using the return service. As mentioned earlier, the fee to use this service is $7 and will be deducted from your total refund amount.

3. Once you’ve securely attached your shipping label to your box with your return items inside, ship your order.

Keep in mind, it may take up to three weeks since you shipped your return before you receive your refund.

Bonus Tip #1: 14-Day Price Adjustment Policy

If you notice that Abercrombie lowered the price on something you bought, you don’t need to return and rebuy at the lower price because they offer a 14-day price adjustment.

It’s also worth mentioning that if you start a live chat, and you’re way beyond the 14 days, you stand a GREAT chance of them doing a 1-time courtesy price adjustment.

From the Reddit thread linked above, it helped that the item was still in stock.

Just hit them up via Live Chat and you stand a great chance of getting some money back.

Bonus Tip #2: Return Items from Multiple Orders Together

If you have more than 1 item to return, and they came from different orders, Abercrombie WILL let you return them together in the same box.

This is a great way to make sure you only get hit by the $7 fee once.

To make it happen, be sure to include the invoice for each order but ONLY create a digital return for ONE of the orders.

Otherwise Abercrombie is going to think your returning the items separately.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever had any issue with the Abercrombie return policy? Let me know in the comments.

By Kyle James


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