A good return policy is a beautiful thing. It let’s you shop freely without worrying about getting stuck with something you don’t need or want. So when I recently discovered just how awesome the Trader Joe’s return policy is, I knew I had to write about it. Here is everything you need to know about their liberal policy.
CODID-19 Update as of 6/11/20:
Trader Joe’s is temporarily BANNING returns on what they term “overbought items”.
This means you can’t return an item unless it has something wrong with it.
1. The Trader Joe’s Return Policy is Risk-Free
From the Trader Joe’s site, “Try it. We think you’ll like it. If you don’t, bring it back for a full refund.”
Awesomely, Trader Joe’s is totally cool with you buying any food or drink and taking it home to give it a try.
Don’t like it? Simply bring back whatever you have left and you’ll get a full refund, no questions asked.
Trader Joe’s wants you to buy stuff and try it completely risk-free. Half-eaten box of chips or a frozen entree, it doesn’t matter, they’ll take it all back.
2. You Can Return Alcohol to Trader Joe’s (Even If It’s Open)
There is some debate on this question. Some places like Costco will often not let you return alcohol, but Trader Joe’s will take back all wine, beer, and liquor.
It can even be opened and half empty, they’ll still take it back, no questions asked.
Some state laws require Trader Joe’s to NOT offer a cash refund on alcohol, but rather an exchange for a different bottle of wine or 6-pack of beer.
Their policy makes for a great way to “taste test” wine and beer at home and return it for an exchange if you don’t like it.
3. No Receipt is Required
No receipt is required for a Trader Joe’s return.
This is because many of the items at Trader Joe’s are made specifically for the store and have the TJ name right on them.
In other words, it’s pretty obvious to the employee that you’re returning something you bought from them.
If it’s a more expensive item like vitamins or alcohol, you should definitely hold on to your receipt as it will make your return go much smoother.
4. TJ’s Return Policy…the Fine Print
Like any return policy, there is some fine print you need to understand. Here is what you need to know:
- Returning With Receipt – When returning items to Trader Joe’s with your receipt, you’ll get back the full purchase price to whatever form of payment you originally used.
- Returning Without Receipt – When returning items without a receipt, you’ll get back the lowest advertised price. Your refund will then be issued as a store credit to a Trader Joe’s gift card.
Ask the Reader: Have you ever taken advantage of Trader Joe’s return policy? If so, was it an easy process?
By Kyle James
Photo credit to Eric Fischer.