Macy’s Return Policy: Everything You Need to Know On a Single Page

Updated November 30, 2020 by Kyle

The Macy’s return policy is fairly liberal, but has many exceptions that are worth noting. In the wake of many department stores struggling, it’s good to see that Macy’s is doing so well. Strong customer service and a great return policy definitely has something to do with their success. Here’s everything you need to know about the return policy at Macy’s, both online and in-store.

Macy's Return Policy: Everything You Need to Know


How Many Return Days at Macy’s?

Macy’s gives you a liberal 90 days to return items.

Their policy used to be 180 days but was cut in half in 2019.

They state that “items being returned must be in their original condition.”

The one big exception is cosmetics and fragrances as they can be in “gently used” condition.

Do I Need My Receipt?

Not necessarily.

If you lost your receipt Macy’s can usually look up your purchase internally.

They’ll do it via your credit card, return label, packing slip, or even a registry number.

If they can’t find any evidence of your purchase, they’ll typically give you store credit for the lowest selling price in the past 180 days.

See Also: Order Online From Macy’s, Return Item to Store, Save BIG Money

Any Exceptions to the 90 Days?

Yes, there are a bunch of exceptions to the 90 days. Here’s a quick summary of each…

Apple Products – iPhones must be returned within 14 days, all other Apple products get 30 return days.

Area Rugs – Rugs bought online have 30 days, call 1-800-289-6229 to facilitate your return. Rugs bought in-store only have 7 return days.

Backstage Items – 30 days.

Beauty Box – Not eligible for a return or exchange.

Bridal Salon by Demetrios – All items are final sale and not returnable.

Bonus Gifts – If you return an item that came with a bonus gift, you must return bonus gift as well. If you don’t, you’ll be charged for it.

Designer Brands – Burberry, Gucci, Longchamp, Louis Vuitton, and Tous only come with a 14 day return window.

Dresses (Juniors and Socials) – These come with a 60 day return window.

Finish Line – All Finish Line items come with a 45 day return policy.

Furniture/Mattresses – This one is kinda complicated. CLICK HERE for all the details.

Fur Vault – 30 days.

Gourmet Food & Wine – Not returnable.

Home Accessories – Mirrors, wall art, etc. CLICK HERE for details.

Jewelry (including Cosmetic Jewelry) – 30 days.

Last Act Items – 30 days.

Locker Room by Lids – 30 days.

Optical – 30 days.

Personal Care – 60 days.

Small Electrics – 60 days.

Style Your Ring – 30 days.

Can I Return Online Purchases to my Local Macy’s?

Yes, absolutely.

Just return your item, and invoice, back to any Macy’s for a return.

If you don’t have your invoice, you can simply print your email confirmation and that will suffice.

If you don’t have that either, you can CLICK HERE and get online access to your order details and print them.

How Do I Return Online Purchases via the Mail?

They call this their Easy Return system.

Any purchase made at can be returned via UPS if you so choose.

Visit this page and follow the easy instructions.

Who Pays Return Shipping Fees?

Macy’s will pay the return shipping fees on ALL purchases that were originally made online.

Unfortunately, you cannot return purchases made in-store via the mail or UPS.

When Returning Gifts, What Should I Know?

This is an easy process with a gift receipt.

Just return to a Macy’s location and they’ll give you store credit for the purchase amount.

Without a gift receipt you’ll need to plead your case and depending on the Macy’s location, they may or may not be able to help.

It’s always worth a shot. If you get turned away just sell your loot on eBay.

What About Getting a Price Adjustment?

Yes, Macy’s does price adjustments.

If the item you bought goes on sale within 10 days, just bring back your receipt and get a credit for the difference in price.

What If I Made an Online Purchase via PayPal?

If you need to return an item that you bought with PayPal, it’s an easy process.

You just mail back your return like you normally would and your PayPal balance will be credited accordingly.

Can Macy’s Gift Cards be Returned?

No, they can’t.

But if you lose your Macy’s gift card they can re-issue you one with proof of purchase.

Ask the Reader: Have you recently used the Macy’s return policy? Was it an easy experience?

By Kyle James

Photo credit to Mike Mozart.


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“Liberal” return policy? Not really. Their return policy was liberal when it was 180 days (now it’s 90??) and that also used to cover the majority of their products. Then they started adding all kinds of exceptions that are not in plain sight and most customers don’t even thinks to look for until it’s too late. Then there are exceptions that aren’t even posted anywhere in writing, which is completely deceptive. Even if the store manager wants to be helpful and take an item back outside the return window, the system won’t let them. This is one of the reasons I rarely shop there anymore and prefer to give my business to Nordstrom.


sounds like you want to take advantage of store returns. good thing a lot of stores are getting wiser with their policies.

Mike Pendarvis

Macy’s return policy is not only fair but gives the customer a very lenient amount of time to decide if the item is for them. Ninety days?….THREE MONTHS is not long enough to know if you like something or not? If Nordstrom gives more time than that, go for it, but Macy’s HAS a very business-wise, yet customer fair return policy for everyone.


Kohl’s has the best return policy. I just returned a dress that I bought more than 4 years ago. They took it back no questions asked. All their returns are no questions asked and you get full refund, unless no receipt, after 6 months, then it’s sale price. Plus if you have a Kohl’s charge then you never need a receipt to return anything. And you get 5% back on all purchases as well as Kohl’s Cash which is $10 for every $50 spent…no limits. Kohl’s policies are why it is doing so well financially. Very generous to all it’s Customers.

Last edited 1 year ago by Lamoismynamo
Virginia L Schroyer

How do I get a return slip?

Cathy Dawiczkowski

I want a return slip


Jewelry is 60 days not 30

Susan Gould

I received 2 items of clothing as Christmas gifts. The giver is out of the country so I don’t have access to a receipt but both items have a Customer Return Label. Can I return them? Thanks


When you buy (or order on line) something from MACY’S, be sure to check back on line for the next several days…because they are CONSTANTLY reducing their “sale” prices.

Unfortunately, they will only give you a price adjustment for a lower price for those 10 days. But if you are getting something sent, you often will not get it for 10 days. And then, they will not adjust it no matter what.

So, I have ended up re-ordering the item at the lower price, and take the higher priced item back to the store for a full refund. I am sorry, but sometimes it might be a $20-$30 difference. If MACY’S would wise up, they might have fewer returns.


I returned a Michael Kor’s smart watch. I received the email that said it was returned to them, along with the order number. They sent me an email stating that they had received it. HOWEVER… I Still have NOT, , I repeat NOT gotten my money back. I have called several times, and I keep getting the run around