Black Friday 2022 shopping tips and store return policies

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — As the turkey and ingredients digest, many people will turn their attention to Black Friday deals. We have tips on what to buy and what not to buy this weekend.

Black Friday isn’t a contact sport like it used to be, but shoppers will still be on the lookout for some of the best deals of the year.

Shopping experts recommend not doing all your shopping over Black Friday weekend. They say to focus on the categories that have historically been pared down the most this time of year. This is technology, fall fashion, beauty and small household appliances.

To find out if something is really a good deal, compare prices online. There are browser extensions like PayPal Honey that will do the work for you.

“While you browse online, you can do it on your phone, tablet or computer, you will see the honey logo. If you hover over it, you can instantly see if that’s a low price or if it’s a high price based on historical prices,” said purchasing expert Trae Bodge.

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Despite high inflation, the National Retail Federation estimates that nearly 8 million more people will shop between Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday this year than they did last year and spend up to 8 percent more than last year.

Retail sales in October already exceeded expectations by 1.3 percent last month.

And while online sales are expected to increase this year, the return to in-store shopping will account for a larger portion of all holiday sales.

When it comes to toys, winter clothing and all things holiday-related, experts say don’t buy them this weekend. You’ll likely find better prices next month, but watch out for items that may have sold out.

And when shopping, be sure to check the stores’ return policies. Some retailers also let you return everything without a receipt. But others have become much stricter. Consumer Reports has an overview of return policies at some of the most popular stores.

Nordstrom has one of the most lenient return policies, generally with no time limit and no receipt required for most items. But that’s not the rule this year.

“Some retailers have made their returns policies a bit more restrictive this year, whether they’ve ended expanded COVID policies or are offsetting increased costs due to inflation. If you’re buying something you may need to return, read that policy first carefully,” said Samantha Gordon of Consumer Reports.

bed bath & Beyond used to give buyers a full year to make returns. But now the return window is 90 days for most items. Less for electronics and smart home products.

LLBean used to allow returns with no time limit and no receipt, but now customers have a year and only if they can show proof of purchase.

Kohl’s gives buyers up to 180 days to return most purchases. And no receipt? No problem. The shop can look up previous purchases.

You have 90 days to return items at Walmart, Target, and Macy’s, but not all merchandise is eligible, so check exceptions online.

At Costco, electronics and equipment must be returned within 90 days, but most others have no time limit on returns and you don’t even need the receipt.

Amazon is extending its typical 30-day returns window, but for the holiday season, most items can be returned until the end of January. However, please note that items purchased through third party providers may have different return policies.

“The best way to get that refund or credit is to make sure you don’t open any of the packaging and keep a gift receipt if you have one,” Gordon said.

Online purchases can also usually be returned in person and you will usually receive a quicker refund. Also, you can save the return shipping cost. Just don’t forget to bring your ID with you. Some dealers will ask for it.

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