THE RULES OF RETURNS
BARNES & NOBLE
ABE'S OF MAINE
Best Buy's standard policy for "most products" limits returns to 15 days from the date of purchase (in stores) or the date of delivery (online) for a full refund. Best Buy Elite members get 30 days and Elite Plus members have 45 days. Cellphones and devices that require activation are limited to 14 days for everyone. During the holidays, for purchases made from Oct. 29 through Dec. 30, there's an extended return period through Jan. 12, 2019. Elite or Elite Plus members have until Jan. 29 or Feb. 13, respectively.
Amazon has a 30-day window for returns, which has been extended until Jan. 31, 2019, for all purchases made between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31. But if you buy something through a third-party seller on Amazon, that return policy doesn't apply. Instead, you're at the mercy of whatever the originating vendor's return/exchange policy is. Be especially alert if you're buying from an overseas seller.
Again this year, Kmart is offering an extended holiday return policy. Most items purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 may be returned through Jan. 31, 2019. Shop Your Way members have until Jan. 31 or 45 days from the date of purchase, whichever is longer. Shipping charges will be deducted from the refund amount for returns made by mail. Many items are excluded from this extension, such as vacuums, major home appliances, and more. In addition, items purchased outside the specific holiday period must be returned within 30 days of purchase.
At Sears, a receipt is required for all returns. The holiday return policy is similar to last year's: Most items purchased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 may be returned through Jan. 31, 2019. Shop Your Way members have until Jan. 31 or 45 days from the date of purchase, whichever is longer. Items must be returned in their original packaging, with all accessories, manuals, and parts. For purchases returned by mail, shipping fees are deducted from the refund amount.