Ultimate Guide to Returns and Exchanges From 72 of Your Favorite Stores.

The Ultimate Guide to Return and Exchange Policies From 79 of Your Favorite Stores

Tis the season to be shopping—and since it's impossible to please all of the people on your holiday gift list every single time—it's also the season to be returning. Every retail store and website have their own highly specific return and exchange policies. Some retailers are super generous with return windows (hello, Nordstrom and Zappos), while other stores demand a quicker turnaround for a refund or store credit. Some retailers offer free returns, others charge a tricky restocking fee, and then there's Amazon. We believe shopping knowledge is power, so we did the hard work of rounding up the all the fine print in return and exchange policies from 79 of your favorite stores. Pro tips: keep allllllll of your receipts and never checkout under a guest account. Happy shopping!

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Return And Exchange Policies FAQ

Clothing Hanging on a rack.
Does free shipping always mean free returns?

In a word: no. Lots and lots of retailers (we’re looking at you, Madewell, Chinese Laundry, (sometimes) Neiman Marcus, and Shopbop) charge a restocking fee for returns, even if you use their prepaid label. What?! The fee is simply deducted from the cost of your refund so you may not even realize you’ve been charged. Sometimes brands run promos and incentives that include free shipping and free returns. Be diligent about the fine print and do the research. We’ve helped you out below with the return process and requirements from almost 80 stores. You’re welcome.

If I’m shopping online, can I checkout as a guest?

We feel you, nothing ruins a shopping high like having to sign up for a store account. But please, take the extra three minutes and register instead of using the generic “checkout as a guest” option. Once you register with a store, it will keep track of your purchases. So, if you decide to return something, you won’t even need the receipt. Slightly painful now, but a huge payoff and timesaver if you make a return later.

What about holiday return windows?

We’re so glad you asked! Stores know that people are shopping for holiday gifts and many stores do their customers a solid by extending the return window from November 1st to mid-January. For instance, Gap gives allows items purchased online or in stores between November 1st and December 24th to be returned by January 15th, or 45 days after purchase, whichever is later.

Do I need a gift receipt? And can I exchange a gift I don’t want for cash? 

You may not return a gift for a cash refund, unless you’re the one who purchased the gift—and you originally paid in cash. Let’s say your mom gifted you with a sweater that’s not quite your style. If she included the gift receipt (we hope she did) then you can almost always return the sweater (with the tags attached, and within the store’s return window) for a gift card or exchange of the same value. Without the gift receipt, you’ll likely get a gift card or exchange of the lowest price the sweater has ever sold for. Gift receipts > no gift receipts.

Is there a life hack I can use to avoid paying return restocking fees?

Yes! Some brands use free returns as an incentive to sign up for their loyalty programs. A few stores that go this route include: Madewell, Nike, and Torrid. In-store returns are almost always free, but you will spend time in line and some stores don’t accept returns from online purchases. Again, check out the info below for each store’s return and exchange policies.



  • Adidas offers free returns within 30 days of purchase.
  • Personalized products are not returnable.
  • Products need to be in their original packaging, with tags attached.
  • Footwear must be returned in its original shoe box.
  • You may return online orders to retail stores. Easy! 

Fine print: Hype products (like Kanye West's Yeezy line) need to be returned via the online returns portal within 7 days of the delivery date. Don't tell Kanye you're returning anything. 



  • Whether you bought your items online, by phone, or in stores—you can return or exchange them at any AEO, Aerie, AEO Factory, or Tailgate store in the United States.
  • Without a receipt or order confirmation, you'll be credited the current price of the item in the form of a gift card. 
  • Items that have been washed are not eligible for returns or exchanges. But! Your return/exchange can still be processed if the original tag is missing.
  • If you received items by mail, you can return via mail, but the shipping costs are on you.

Fine Print: Sale and clearance items are eligible for returns. No final sales here.

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  • Allbirds has a 30-day return and exchange policy, no questions asked. Consider the 30 days to be your shoe trial period.
  • Shoes can be returned and exchanged within 30 days—even if you've worn them out on the streets.
  • For socks, packaging must be unopened and returned/exchanged within 30 days.

Fine Print: Allbirds doesn't resell worn shoes. They partnered with Soles4Souls, and donate used shoes to them for distribution to people in need.

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  • Amazon and most independent sellers on Amazon offer returns for items within 30 days of receipt of shipment.
  • Returns are (almost always) at your own expense. Amazon will refund up to $20 for return postage costs on receipt of the item if it's marked as "free returns."
  • Defective, damaged, or incorrect items will be refunded the full postage cost.
  • Some purchases qualify for package-less drop-off at UPS locations, with a full refund.
  • Another workaround for free Amazon returns is to order clothes via the Amazon Prime Wardrobe program. Read our full review of that process.

Fine Print: When you place an order from a seller that ships its own inventory (known as a third-party seller), your return is sent back to them and not Amazon. These return policies vary wildly, so please check their Returns and Refunds Policy on their profile page before you make a purchase. Buyers remorse, begone! 

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American Eagle Outfitters

  • Whether you bought your items online, by phone, or in stores—you can return or exchange them at any AEO, Aerie, AEO Factory, or Tailgate store in the United States.
  • Without a receipt or order confirmation, you'll be credited the current price of the item in the form of a gift card. 
  • Items that have been washed are not eligible for returns or exchanges. But! Your return/exchange can still be processed if the original tag is missing.
  • If you received items by mail, you can return via mail, but the shipping costs are on you.

Fine Print: Sale and clearance items are eligible for returns. No final sales here.

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  • Anthropologie allows most merchandise to be returned for free within 60 days of the purchase date. 
  • If returned after 60 days, a merchandise credit will be issued at the original selling price.
  • If you don't have the original sales receipt, your return qualifies for an exchange at the current selling price.
  • A one-time price adjustment will be granted on full-price purchases only if an original sales receipt is presented within 14 days of purchase.
  • All sale items purchased at an extra 50% off discount are final sale and cannot be returned or exchanged.

Fine Print: Did you buy the perfect boho maxi dress and it went on sale two days later? Good news! Anthropologie allows a one-time price adjustment on full-price purchases if an original sales receipt is presented within 14 days of purchase. Sweet! 

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  • ASOS offers free returns to a whopping 24 countries—including the United States.
  • Returns within 28 days of receiving are eligible for a full refund via the original payment method.
  • Returns within 29 to 45 days qualify for a gift voucher equal to your original purchase amount.
  • ASOS doesn't do exchanges. Just return the item and order a new size (subject to availability of course, you might be out of luck).
  • If you try to return something 46 days after you receive it, ASOS will not accept the return and may ship it back to you with a shipping charge. The horror! 

Fine Print: ASOS has some of the best customer service in the fast-fashion game. We were unhappy with a pair of boots after a few months of wearing them, and two polite emails later, we got permission to return them for a full refund. No promises, but it never hurts to ask. ASOS does care about its customers. 




  • Away's products come with a 100-day trial period—you're encouraged to travel with them and really see if you like the products before committing for the long haul.
  • Returns within 100 days are completely free in the United States. Send an email to help@awaytravel.com to start the process.
  • International returns follow the same email process as above, but must pay shipping costs for the return .
  • Personalized items cannot be returned at any point. Think twice before you add your initials to anything. 

Fine Print: Away also offers a lifetime warranty (excluding the electronic components, which are covered by a two-year warranty) for full-size suitcases. That's some serious commitment from Away. We respect it. 

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Bath & Body Works

  • Bath & Body Works allows returns of any product at any time for any reason. Seriously.
  • Items ordered online can be returned to stores—but shipping isn't free if you mail an item for a return.
  • Without a receipt, you'll get an exchange or store credit on the lowest selling price of the item.
  • With a receipt, you'll get reimbursed via a merchandise credit or cash. Your choice.

Fine print: Customers are limited to $250 in non-receipted returns within a 90-day period—so don't go crazy buying items you know you want to return. 

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  • Baggu is happy to offer free U.S. returns on full-priced items purchased online or in a Baggu store.
  • Items must be in unused condition and received as a return within 30 days of purchase for a full refund on the original payment method, or as a store credit. 

Fine Print: All products purchased through baggu.com and Baggu retail stores have a one-year limited warranty against defects in material and workmanship. 

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Barnes & Noble

  • Who could return a book? Barnes & Noble will issue a refund for the purchase price of the item to your original form of payment for items returned within 30 days.
  • All returned items must be in their original condition; shrink-wrapped products must be unopened.
  • Shipping fees are not refunded and buyers must pay for the cost of shipping returns.
  • All B&N items can be returned to stores for free.

Fine Print: NOOK digital content is not eligible for returns. You download it, you bought it. 

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  • Baublebar provides a prepaid USPS return label for qualifying orders.
  • Orders that don't qualify for a free return can still be returned—you pay the shipping.
  • Must be returned within 30 days of the ship date for a refund.
  • Vault Points you earned on returned orders will be deducted from your account. Womp womp. 

Fine Print: Allow up to 20 days for your package to arrive and the Returns Department to refund your original form of payment. 

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Bed Bath & Beyond

  • Bed Bath & Beyond has a generous return window: up to 180 days after purchase. Just provide your receipt and (for most products) and they'll refund the purchase price to the original form of payment. 
  • Lost the receipt? BB&B will try to find a record of it using your credit card or checking account number.
  • Free return shipping is available on most online orders.
  • Items (without a receipt) that are new and unopened may be accepted and refunded for the amount of the current selling price, minus 20%.
  • Returns of open or used items without a receipt will not be accepted. Don't even try.

Fine Print: Seasonal items, electronics, air mattresses, and smart home technology products all have shorter return windows, between 30 and 90 days. Don't forget to shop using Bed Bath & Beyond's popular 20% off coupon!

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  • Birchbox makes returns easy: you can return any purchased full-sized products within 90 days—for free.
  • Birchbox boxes are nonrefundable and ineligible for returns (don't worry, these are sample sizes). 

Fine Print: Birchbox products purchased at Walgreens can be returned in compliance with each store's return policies.   

Read our full Birchbox review. 

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  • Bloomingdale's truly offers hassle-free returns. You have 365 days (yep, a full year) from the date of shipment to return your online purchase (in saleable condition) either by mail for free or to a local Bloomingdale's store.
  • Items without a receipt will get a merchandise credit for the lowest-selling price in the last 180 days.

Fine Print: Certain dresses will be delivered with a Bloomingdale’s b-tag attached. Once the b-tag is removed, the dress cannot be returned at any point. So...don't plan on wearing an expensive dress to an event and returning it later. 

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  • Bonobos accepts unworn, unwashed, and unaltered items for a full refund or store credit within 45 days of the date of purchase, or for store credit after 45 days and up to 90 days from the date of purchase. 
  • Allow up to 10 days after Bonobos receives your return for your bank to post your refund. If your refund is for a store credit, it will be available as soon as your return is received and processed.
  • No refunds or adjustments will be made for any original shipping and/or handling charges.

Fine Print: Note that Bonobos doesn't accept items purchased from third-party retailers (like Nordstrom and Trunk Club). Please contact the third-party retailer where you made your purchase for information on their return policy. 

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Briggs & Riley

  • Briggs & Riley accepts returns for unused merchandise with the original hangtags attached, within 30 days of receipt of the item.
  • Buyers are responsible for paying the return shipping and insurance on returns, except when defective or wrong products are sent.

Fine Print: All international orders are considered final.

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  • Calpak accept returns of unused products within 15 calendar days of receipt of your order.
  • Returned products must have their original packaging, including original shipping carton, and an attached tag
  • Each returned item must not show any sign of use, wear and tear, marks/scratches, alterations, or any kind of damage.
  • Return shipping is not free. However, when you initiate a return and use Calpak's prepaid return labels, they pass on our negotiated rates so that the return shipping cost is more affordable.

Fine Print: Calpak reserves the right to reject any returned items with personal contents left inside the product (a telltale sign of use). Don't pack and return! 

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  • Catbird has a tight return window of 10 days from receipt.
  • The cost of return shipping, $5, will be deducted from your refund.
  • If you need to exchange, return your original order for a refund and place a new order online.  

Fine Print: Sale items, special orders, custom jewelry, engraved items, fragrance, and beauty products are final sale—they cannot be returned. 

Shop Catbird


Chinese Laundry

  • Chinese Laundry is one of those tricky stores that provides free shipping over $75, but slams you with a $7 restocking fee for all returns. Even with their prepaid label.
  • They do guarantee against manufacturer's defects within 60 days of purchase, but this does not cover normal wear and tear.
  • Items purchased during a Buy One, Get One (BOGO) promotion won't qualify for the promotion if only one item is returned. When only the higher price item is returned, the customer is responsible for the total retail cost of the discounted item, prior to the applied discount. The deduction from the return item will be listed on the receipt as Return Handling Fee. Stay informed. 

Fine Print: Write the order number on the outside of the box, which is an 8 digit number beginning with CL. Unusual, but required for returns.

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  • Returning compression socks to Comrad? Log into their returns center for step-by-step instructions and a printable return label.
  • Happiness Guarantee covers free returns (including free return shipping) within 30 days of purchase.

Fine Print: Once returned items are inspected by the store, you'll get your refund typically within 48 hours. 

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  • Dermstore offers an amazing No Questions Asked return policy. The company stands behind their products and wants their customers to find what works for them—and knows that can involve some trial and error. 
  • Essentially, you have 30 days from purchase to either return items for a refund or for store credit so that you can find the right product for you.
  • After 30 days and up to 60 days, you can return items for a store credit.
  • Free return shipping is offered on returns for store credit.

Fine Print: We learned the hard way that any product bought with Dermstore Dollars (their loyalty program) cannot be refunded for store credit upon return.

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Eagle Creek

  • Eagle Creek accepts returns within 30 days of the product purchase.
  • All returns and exchanges must be unwashed, unworn, unused—with receipt and tags attached.
  • If it has been longer than 30 days, returns will be accepted at Eagle Creek's discretion and for online store credit.
  • Shipping charges will only be refunded if Eagle Creek is at fault.

Fine Print: Only Eagle Creek items ordered from eaglecreek.com can be returned. Items purchased on Amazon will have to be returned there. 

Read our full Eagle Creek luggage review.

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  • eBags accepts returns for all purchases within 30 days of order delivery date, via a prepaid UPS return label.
  • All returned items must be unused and in new condition, with all tags attached and in the original packaging. 
  • A fee of $7.95 per item will be deducted from your refund to cover the costs of return shipping and restocking. 
  • Personalized merchandise (including monogrammed, embroidered, and embossed products) are final sale. Dang. 

Fine Print: Since eBags works with multiple high-end luggage retailers, you might find their return policy is more generous than what manufacturers offer elsewhere. 

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Eddie Bauer

  • Eddie Bauer wants its customers to be happy campers—and easy returns are part of that formula.
  • Customers may return any product within one year of purchase for a full refund in the original form of payment—with proof of purchase.
  • Adventure Rewards members have stored receipts in the Eddie Bauer system. 
  • Without a proof of purchase, you get a merchandise credit for half of the original price.

Fine Print: Eddie Bauer has a dedicated customer service team available via phone. If you need a shipping label reach out at 1-888-495-5170. 

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  • Since Etsy is a website of independent retailers and artists, every shop has a different return policy.
  • To request a return, return label, or exchange, contact the shop directly through your Etsy profile.
  • If the seller doesn’t accept returns, you may be able to open a case if your order wasn’t as it was described on Etsy.

Fine Print: Before purchasing anything on Etsy, review the shop’s return policy. This is found on the listing page under Shipping & returns. Most Etsy sellers are happy to chat about their products and art using Etsy's conversation platform. 

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  • Everlane's return process is slightly complicated. Most customers get free shipping and returns with their first order as an incentive.
  • To request a return, customers must log in to their Everlane profile, select the items to be returned, select the reason for the return, and then choose the type of refund—your original payment method or store credit.
  • Returns for store credit are free, include free shipping on your next order, and do not have any restocking fees deducted from the total refund.  
  • For refunds to credit cards and PayPal, Everlane deducts $6 to cover shipping and restocking. 
  • Items must be returned within 60 days of the purchase date. 
  • Online purchases can be returned in stores. (But plan on waiting in a long line—Everlane is one popular store). 

Fine Print: Your first pair of Everlane underwear can be tried on and returned, even if the tags and protective liners have been removed. After that initial pair, all returned underwear must be in unopened packaging with the seal in tact for a refund. 

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  • Express allows exchanges by mail (for free) or in any of their stores.
  • Printable return labels are available online.
  • If you're using Express's prepaid label, $6.99 will be deducted from your refund—unless your product is eligible for free returns.

Fine Print: Items that were previously exchanged can be returned, but not exchanged a second time. 



  • Fabletics offers three different return policies. Returns for store credit are free; exchanges for another item(s) are free; returns for a refund cost a $5.95 restocking fee.
  • Reward points associated with the purchase are deducted from your account if you do choose a refund. 
  • Items purchased through special promotions may be final sale.

Fine Print: If you have a Fabletics retail store near you, it's worth stopping by for returns. A sales associate let us exchange a pair of final sale leggings for another color. No promises, but worth a shot! 

Read our full Fabletics review.

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Forever 21

  • When you're shopping at Forever 21, remember that both online and in-store purchases won't qualify for returns if you don't have the receipt or packing slip. Bring your receipt! It's a must.
  • Online purchases are valid for exchange, credit, or refund within 30 days from the ship date.
  • In-store purchases are valid for exchange, credit, or refund within 30 days of purchase.

Fine Print: Non-Forever 21 Branded items and Online Exclusive items purchased online cannot be returned in stores. 

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Free People

  • Free People accepts unworn, unwashed, or defective merchandise for return or exchange.
  • To return, print a return label, pack up the items, and stick them in the USPS mail. Free People will send an email with your return tracking number.
  • Items returned within 30 days will receive a full refund. Items returned after 30 days will receive a store credit.
  • A fee of $5.95 will be deducted per return. 

Fine Print: Free People merchandise purchased at boutiques and department stores must be returned to the location where it was purchased. 

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  • Gap's return policy is simple. Returns and exchanges are free when you use their prepaid return shipping label or when you return in store.
  • You have 45 days to return by mail or to a store for a full refund.

Fine Print: Holiday shopping? Gap extends their return window. Items purchased online or in stores between November 1st and December 24th may be returned by January 15th, or 45 days after purchase, whichever is later. 

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  • Glossier allows returns within 30 days of receiving the order.
  • The order number (that would be the GLO# in Glossier terms) must be provided to place a return.
  • Original shipping charges are not refunded.

Fine Print: The Glossier sweatshirt is final sale. It's super cute though! 

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  • H&M returns and exchanges are free within 30 days of purchase, to any H&M store in the U.S., excluding Puerto Rico. Online purchases may be returned to stores.
  • A return shipping fee of $5.99 will be deducted from your refund if you return by mail.
  • If you are an H&M Loyalty Member, the return shipping fee will be waived.
  • Underwear is final sale and swimwear cannot be returned if the hygienic seal is not in place or has been broken.

Fine Print: You can't exchange items online. If you want something in another color or size, return the items you don’t like and place a new order.

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  • J.Crew accepts returns of unworn, unwashed, undamaged, or defective merchandise purchased online, by phone, or in stores for a full refund or exchange within 30 days of original purchase.
  • Online and phone purchases may be returned to a J.Crew store. Just note that you'll need the credit card used to make the purchase on hand.
  • Monogrammed, personalized, lingerie, vintage, altered, or final sale items cannot be returned or exchanged. Sorry.
  • Returning by mail? The cost of return shipping, $7.50 for any number of items, will be deducted from your refund.

Fine Print: J.Crew Factory merchandise cannot be returned to a J.Crew retail location. See below for how to return J.Crew Factory items.

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J.Crew Factory

  • J.Crew Factory accepts returns of unworn, unwashed, undamaged, or defective merchandise purchased online, by phone or in stores for a full refund or exchange within 30 days of original purchase.
  • Online and phone purchases may be returned to a J.Crew Factory store.
  • Returning by mail? The cost of return shipping, $7.50 for any number of items, will be deducted from your refund.

Fine Print: J.Crew merchandise cannot be returned to a J.Crew Factory retail location. See above for how to return J.Crew.

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  • The name of the return game at Kohl's is hassle-free.
  • Purchased items can be returned within 180 days (that's five months, excuse me?!) of purchase and extends to all Kohl's merchandise.
  • The only exception to the rule is premium electronics, which must be returned within 30 days from the date of purchase with original packaging and a valid receipt or account look-up. 
  • Online purchases are also accepted within 180 days, though you'll pay for the shipping. 

Fine Print: For the holidays, premium electronics purchased from November 1st through December 25th may be returned by January 31st with original packaging and a valid receipt or account look-up. Nice!


Lands' End

  • Lands' End stands by their products. Refund requests received within 90 days of purchase will be issued to the original form of payment.
  • If neither the customer, nor Lands' End can locate the proof of purchase, refunds will be issued at the value determined by Lands' End. (Save your receipts!)
  • If you need to return something, but want to re-order the same item(s) in a different size or color Lands' End will offer you free standard shipping on your replacement order. 
  • Returning something by mail? A flat fee of $6.95 will be deducted from the amount of your refund.

Fine Print: If a purchased item from the website or catalog goes on sale for a lower price within 14 days of your original purchase, Lands’ End will refund the difference upon request.

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  • L.L.Bean goes above and beyond for its refund policy. If you're not 100% satisfied with one of their products, you may return it within one year of purchase for a refund.
  • Proof of purchase is required to honor a refund or exchange. If you checked out with an L.L.Bean account, they will typically have a record of your purchase. Otherwise, you need a physical receipt.
  • If you want to mail a return, be prepared to pay $6.50 per package.

Fine Print: L.L. Bean is one of the rare stores that allows monogrammed items to be returned! Go ahead and put your initials on it

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  • Lululemon returns are free and can be done in person or by mail within 30 days of receiving your order, or 30 days from your in-store purchase date.
  • Online merchandise purchased on the North America Lululemon website may be be returned to any North American Lululemon store.
  • Exchanges cannot be made via mail.
  • Final sale items like underwear, water bottles, and We Made Too Much gear aren't eligible for returns.

Fine Print: Lululemon guarantees the quality of their products, so if something rips or doesn't perform over time, let customer service know. They might fix the garment or replace it. 



  • Shopping at Macy's? Returns are free online and in stores.
  • Most merchandise can be returned within 90 days of purchase.
  • Last Act items must be returned within 30 days of purchase.

Fine Print: If you're returning a mattress, an $85 pick-up fee and 15% restocking fee will be applied.

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  • You should sign up for the Madewell Insider's program. It's free to join, and one of the benefits is free returns.
  • For Madewell Insiders, return shipping is free if returned within 30 days.
  • Not part of the Insiders? The cost of return shipping, $7.50 for any number of items, will be deducted from your refund.

Fine Print: Beauty products must be returned in new or gently used condition (which means you can try beauty products out, but don't use most of it up.)

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  • Mango gives shoppers 30 days after receiving their order to exchange it for another size or request a refund via the USPS Dropoff Service. This option is free with the prepaid label.
  • The other free return option is to bring your items back to the store within 30 days. You'll need your receipt, so hang on to it!

Fine Print: The return window drops down to 14 days during the sales period. This will be clearly marked on your receipt, so check there. 

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  • Modcloth offers free returns and a full refund within 30 days to all domestic customers.
  • Exchanges can be requested within 90 days of the original shipment date. Exchanges are always free.
  • Returns can receive store credit for up to 90 days of the original shipment date.

Fine Print: Bonus—if your return arrives back to Modcloth within 30 days of your shipping date, you get a ModCloth store credit for the amount of your return, a free return shipping label, and a $5 credit you can use toward finding something else you'll love. May we suggest a whimsical A-line dress?

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Neiman Marcus

  • Returns at Neiman Marcus stores are accepted within 30 days of receipt.
  • Returned merchandise must be in the same condition as when you received it, with original tags attached.
  • Shoppers can request a price adjustment if merchandise was purchased at regular price and then reduced within 10 days of purchase.
  • Eligible merchandise may be returned for free if received within 15 days of the delivery date.
  • A return fee of $9.95 will apply for all clearance items, all items returned after 15 days of delivery, and items marked as Return Fees Apply.

Fine Print: For returned gifts valued at more than $2,000, the recipient will receive a check instead of a gift card in compliance with federal law. Um, please add us to your holiday list if you're giving out 2K in Neiman Marcus goodies! 

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  • Nike's return policy is a bit confusing, as it depends on the type of receipt you have and whether you're a Nike Plus member (free to join).
  • Nike offers free online returns for Nike Plus members. Seriously, sign up to be a Nike Plus member if you think you might want to return something.
  • Whether you buy online or in-store, Nike provide 30 days to take your Nike, Hurley, and Converse purchases for a trial run. You can return any item (some exceptions apply) for any reason within 30 days.
  • With an original store receipt, you'll get a refund (or exchange if you prefer) credited to your original payment.
  • Gift receipts qualify for an exchange or store credit.
  • Without a receipt, you get an exchange or store credit for the current price. This policy requires store manager approval and the items must be unworn and unwashed.
  • After 30 days, you can still return items if they’re unworn and unwashed with the refund policies lifted above.

Fine Print: Customized Nike By You sneakers are eligible for returns—so feel free to experiment! 

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  • Nordstrom basically reinvented the return process, with one of the most generous return policies on the planet.
  • From their website, "We handle returns on a case-by-case basis with the ultimate objective of making our customers happy. We stand behind our goods and services and want customers to be satisfied with them. We'll always do our best to take care of customers—our philosophy is to deal with them fairly and reasonably. We have long believed that when we treat our customers fairly, they in turn are fair with us. We do apply returns to the tender it was purchased with. If we choose to provide a refund and no record of sale is available, we will ask for personal identification and a return will be provided at current price on a Nordstrom Gift Card."
  • All mailed returns are free when using Nordstrom's prepaid shipping labels.
  • If returning in stores, any Nordstrom associate can assist with a return.
  • Nordstrom does not accept returns of merchandise purchased at Nordstrom Rack locations (see below for information on how to return to Nordstrom Rack.)

Fine Print: In an effort to be green, Nordstrom sometimes delivers items in slightly used shipping boxes. We love that!

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Nordstrom Rack

  • Nordstrom Rack allows for eligible items to be returned by mail or to your nearest Nordstrom Rack store within 45 days of the original ship or purchase date.
  • Returns received after the 45-day return period are accepted at Nordstrom Rack's discretion. Late returns that are accepted will be subject to a partial refund of 50% of their original sale price.
  • Items must be returned in their original packaging. That means hangers, hang tags, dust bags, eyewear cases, shoe boxes, and gift boxes when applicable. Don't throw anything out!
  • Items must not be worn, altered, or damaged.
  • The return shipping fees are: $5.95 for the U.S., $10.95 for Canada, and $25.95 for Australia. 

Fine Print: Merchandise purchased at Nordstrom can't be returned to Nordstrom Rack. (See above for how to return to Nordstrom). 

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Old Navy

  • Returns and exchanges are free when you use Old Navy's prepaid return shipping label or when you return in stores. 
  • You have up to 45 days to return purchased items.
  • Items not in brand new condition will not be accepted. 
  • Items marked Mail Only cannot be returned in stores.

Fine Print: You can return gifts without a gift receipt to stores. You will receive a merchandise certificate in the amount of the current selling price of the item(s) returned. Note that a valid ID is required.

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Outdoor Voices

  • Outdoor Voices accepts returns on all unworn and undamaged items within 30 days of purchase. That means, don't go to a hot yoga class in their leggings and try to return them.
  • All returns are free—just print off the prepaid USPS return label.
  • Exchanging? You'll be issued a temporary Instant Refund. The Instant Refund is equal to the value of your return and gives you the flexibility to place a new order right away, rather than waiting for a credit card refund. 

Fine Print: Student discount alert! Current U.S.-based college students with a valid .edu email address are eligible for the 20% off student discount on select styles. 

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  • Suitcase or backpack shopping? October is the month to do it at Osprey. Customers who place their order during the month of October receive free returns. Other months vary, but there's often some sort of incentive promotion.
  • You have 30 days from receipt of product to initiate a return.
  • Osprey only accept returns for items purchased at Osprey.com or by phone.

Fine Print: Osprey will repair any damage or defect for any reason free of charge—from any era. If they're unable to perform a functional repair on your gear, they'll replace it. BUT. You gotta pay for the shipping. 

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  • Patagonia is generous when it comes to returns. It doesn't set a time limit on returns, though asks that returns for fit or color be made in a timely manner and that items be kept in new condition with tags attached.
  • Items that are new with tags attached and purchased from a Patagonia retailer or authorized dealer can be returned with the return form and receipt for merchandise credit.
  • For mailing returns, Patagonia offers a $5 flat rate return shipping label that includes tracking and insurance.
  • Returns to Patagonia stores are free.

Fine Print: Patagonia does its best to repair damaged gear. Damage due to wear and tear will be repaired at a reasonable charge—a serious perk! 

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  • REI stands behind everything they sell. If you're not satisfied with your REI purchase, you can return it for a replacement or refund within one year of purchase.
  • The one exception to the one-year rule is outdoor electronics, which must be returned within 90 days of purchase. Outdoor electronics include activity monitors, GPS-enabled devices, bike trainers, emergency-communication devices, and cameras.
  • REI purchases can be returned by mail or at any of their retail stores, with proof of purchase, regardless of whether you made your purchase online, in a store, or by phone. Very convenient.
  • If you return by mail, the return label is not prepaid. You are responsible for return shipping costs.

Fine Print: Oddly, all store purchases returned by mail will be refunded by check. 



  • Reformation accepts online orders in new condition with original tags attached for a full refund.
  • Return shipping is free for returns within the U.S.
  • You have 21 days from the ship date to have your return postmarked to the carrier on your label.
  • Don't be late—any returns received postmarked after 21 days from the ship date are ineligible for return and will be automatically reshipped to the customer.
  • For in-store purchases, Reformation accepts returns back for a full refund within 14 days of purchase. Items must be in new condition with original tags attached. 
  • All apothecary, lingerie, hosiery, pierced jewelry, eyewear, vintage, and final sale items are non-returnable.

Fine Print: Shoe lovers take note, Reformation does not accept returns if there is significant damage to the shoe box or if the shoe box has been used as the shipping box.

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  • Revolve wants all returns to be Happy Returns. Bring your items to a Happy Returns Return Bar (they're almost everywhere). No receipt, return label, or shipping box is necessary. You just provide your email address or order number and your refund will be initiated immediately. Note that fragrances, nail polish, candles, batteries, aerosols, alcohol-based liquids, and luggage cannot be accepted through Happy Returns.
  • If you want to return through the mail, all domestic orders ship with a free prepaid return mailing label. 
  • Customers get 30 days from purchase for a refund and 60 days from purchase for an exchange.

Fine Print: During the Holiday season (November 1st through December 25th), Revolve will accept your return so long as it is received by January 10th. Brand-new New Year's Eve dress, here we come! 

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Sam Edelman

  • Sam Edelman accepts returns of unworn purchases for a full refund within 30 days of purchase, unless item is marked as Final Sale.
  • International Sam Edelman customers have 60 days from their order date to return unworn merchandise, unless it's marked as Final Sale. 
  • Only unworn items may be returned or exchanged and shoes must be in their original box. Be careful not to scuff the soles of your ordered shoes if you want to return them.
  • Return shipping is always free for U.S. customers.

Fine Print: Exchanges aren't available through the mail. Simply return your items and place a new order online.



  • Samsonite shoppers, you may return unused merchandise within 30 days of the original shipped date.
  • Shipping and handling charges are not refundable unless the product arrived damaged or the incorrect product was shipped. 
  • Items are not available for exchange. Simply return your order and place a new one.

Fine Print: If you're returning in store, merchandise must be returned to the Samsonite store where the product was purchased.

Read our review of Samsonite's Voltage DLX 20" Spinner.

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  • Sephora.com purchases can be easily returned for free (no return shipping or handling fees) to any Sephora location.
  • To return an order by mail, use the prepaid return shipping label.
  • Sephora won't refund your original shipping charges, if applicable, unless the return was a result of their error.
  • Items are refundable via original payment for the first 30 days and for a store credit after 30 days.

Fine Print: Exchanges are available in stores only, not by mail. And if you return an item, you'll lose its associated Beauty Insider member rewards.

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  • Shopbop has a strict return policy. Returns to Shopbop within 15 days of date of receipt (allow 7 days’ transit time) will be accepted for free—be sure to use the prepaid label included with your box.
  • Returns that arrive to Shopbop after 15 days of receipt will be charged a $10 late fee. Gulp.
  • Merchandise returned after 30 days will not be accepted. Double gulp.
  • Merchandise must have all tags attached and be returned in original packaging.

Final Print: Shoe lovers note, footwear must include the original shoe box in its original condition. Shoe box fees are charged when footwear is returned in a damaged shoe box, or without the original shoe box.

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Soko Glam

  • Soko Glam's policy is to accept returns on both new and gently used products within 60 days of receipt. 
  • Return shipping is at the expense of the customer—sorry.

Fine Print: No exchanges are allowed. Simply return and place your new 10-step Korean skincare regimen order. 

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  • Spanx wants you to love your items, and accepts returns for products purchased on spanx.com within 90 days of the order delivery date.
  • Spanx won't process mailed returns from retail stores and other online retailers.
  • Original shipping and handling fees (if applicable) will not be refunded.
  • Returns are free with the prepaid label printed on the reverse side of your pack slip.

Fine Print: Exchanges are not available via the online returns process.

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  • All full-priced Suavs orders are eligible for free shipping on returns and exchanges.
  • Once you've received your order, you have a 30-day window to request a return or an exchange. 
  • Any item that has been worn, altered, damaged, or washed will not be eligible for a refund.  
  • Items returned in a used, worn, or altered state will be automatically sent back to the customer. 

Final Print: Suavs has gone paperless. To find your order number, refer to your order confirmation email to retrieve your order status. 

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  • At Summersalt, returns and exchanges are always free. Hip hip hooray!
  • All returned swimwear must be received within 30 days of the delivery date in unused condition with original tags attached and hygienic liners intact. Seriously, don't wear a swimsuit to Tulum and try to return it.
  • There are a few limitations: all underwear, bralette, and towel purchases are final sale.
  • If you ordered one of the brand's genius At-Home Try-On Discovery Packs (which sends you four suits to try on in the comfort of your own home) you'll have just six days to return what you don't want.

Fine Print: Has it been 30 days and you forgot to return something? Contact hello@summersalt.com for help—they might make an exception for you.

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Swedish Hasbeens

  • Ordering Swedish clogs? Great choice. Swedish Hasbeens allows for refunds or exchanges within 14 days from delivery.
  • When returning an order for a refund, a return shipping cost of $10 is charged per item and deducted from your refund. 
  • Items must be clean and unworn to be eligible for return. 
  • Be sure to return your clogs in the original shoebox or face a $10 penalty.

Fine Print: Size up! Swedish Hasbeens are notorious for running a size smaller in U.S. sizes. Refer to their size chart before placing your order. 

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  • Target run! You can take back most new, unopened items within 90 days for a full refund with no restocking fees.
  • For Target-owned brands or items purchased from a registry, you get up to a year to change your mind and return. Super nice bonus for newlyweds! 
  • You’ll get free shipping on every return at Target. 

Fine Print: Pay for your haul with a REDcard and you can get an extra 30 days to return.

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  • ThirdLove has a Perfect Fit Promise. If you don’t love their bras or underwear for any reason, they’ll take them back—even if you wore and washed them.
  • You have 60 days to test ThirdLove out. Not sold? Returns are free.
  • Order a back-up size in a half cup larger or smaller to ensure the perfect fit.

Fine Print: All returned worn bras are donated to partner charities.

Read our full ThirdLove bra and underwear review.

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  • Topman returns are free via a UPS prepaid label.
  • You have 14 days from the shipping date to return items.

Fine Print: Each item returned is refunded separately, and will show on your statement as a credit from Topman.com.



  • If your Torrid order didn't work out, you have within 60 days of the purchase date on your receipt or packing slip to make a return.
  • Note that a $6.00 return shipping fee will be deducted from your total return amount, if you return by mail. This fee will be waived for VIP members (so sign up, it's free). 
  • In-store returns are always free.

Fine Print: Clearance items or items marked as Final Sale cannot be returned. 

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  • Topshop returns are free via a UPS prepaid label.
  • You have 14 days from the shipping date to return items by mail.
  • Shoppers get 28 days to return items in store.

Fine Print: All items that are part of the concession brand collections can only be returned by mail, or "post," as the Brits say.




  • If your Travelpro luggage fails to meet your expectations for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 80 days of purchase—with a copy of your receipt.
  • Returns for unused items made within the 80 days of purchasing are free. Contact the Customer Care Department for a prepaid shipping label.
  • If you were charged shipping fees on your original order, they are non-refundable.

Fine Print: If you're keeping your suitcase, make sure you register it for the warranty.

Read our Travelpro luggage review.  

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  • Returning a pair of Ugg boots? That's totally fine and totally free if: 1.) They're an authentic Ugg product. 2.) You purchased them within the last 30 days. 3.) They're in new condition.
  • If you did not purchase your Uggs on UGG.com (like, if you got them off Zappos or Nordstrom), you will be required to cover all return shipping costs to the Ugg warehouse. It's better to return your Uggs to wherever you actually purchased them.
  • You can also return Uggs ordered online to any Ugg store. 

Fine Print: You'd think this goes without saying but, footwear returns must be sent back as a complete pair. Incomplete or mismatched pairs will not be accepted. 


Urban Outfitters

  • Returns to Urban Outfitters are free for U.S. customers.
  • Returns made within 30 days of the order delivery date will be issued a full refund to the original form of payment.
  • Returns made after 30 days of the order delivery date will be refunded via an emailed e-merchandise credit.
  • Made-to-order items cannot be exchanged or returned.

Fine Print: Merchandise returned without an original sales receipt will be exchanged the same day for in-store merchandise of the current retail price of the item(s) being returned. 

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Ulta Beauty

• Ulta accepts returns for beauty items purchased in Ulta stores, online, and via the Ulta Beauty App.
• In stores, product(s) returned within 60 days of the original purchase that include the original receipt (or can be verified in the system using your Ultimate Rewards member ID), will be fully refunded via the original form of payment. Otherwise, the refund will be made in the form of an in-store credit.
• If you want to exchange a product for the same priced item, no payment is required—just bring it in to Ulta and you're good to go. However, if you exchange for an item at a higher price point, you need to pay for the difference in price and sales tax. Likewise, if you exchange for a different item at a lower price point, you will receive back the difference in price and sales tax.
• An online or in-app purchase can be returned by mail or by bringing it to any Ulta Beauty store.
• Buyers pay for shipping if returning beauty products via mail.

Fine Print: If you return an item that you purchased with a promo code or coupon, you forfeit the sale and it can't be used on another item. Sorry! 

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  • Merchandise purchased at Uniqlo.com must be returned to the warehouse within 60 days of the order date found on the packing list.
  • Merchandise will only be accepted in its original condition (new, unused, and unwashed) with tags attached.
  • Items purchased outside of the United States are not eligible for returns. 
  • Print the prepaid label, and $7 will be deducted from the refund amount to cover the cost of return shipping.

Fine Print: To return merchandise at a Uniqlo store, it's a process. You have to go to returns.narvar.com/uniqlo/returns. Select "Bring It to Our Store" and print the return form. Bring the merchandise, along with the original packing slip, printed return form, and credit card used to place the order to the store. 

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Victoria's Secret

  • Any items purchased that you don't love may be returned for free in Victoria's Secret stores located within the United States.
  • This includes sale and clearance merchandise and items received as gifts. Basically, as long as you don't cut out the garment tag, you can return it.
  • To return by mail, print the prepaid shipping label and V.S. will deduct $5.99 from your refund for the return shipping & handling costs.

Fine Print: Victoria's Secret accepts returns of items that have been washed and worn. Good to know! 

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  • Walmart lets shoppers ship things back for free within 90 days of purchase. It's as simple as logging in to your account and printing the return label.
  • Download Walmart's app for the fastest in-store returns. Simply scan the item on your phone, and then return it to the service desk. Long lines, begone!
  • Electronics including but not limited to computers, camcorders, digital music players, and GPS units must be returned within 15 days with receipt.

Fine Print: You can also return most items (to the stores) under $25 without a receipt for a cash refund. How easy is that?

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  • All hail Zappos returns policy! If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase from Zappos you can return your item(s) for a full refund within 365 days of purchase.
  • Returns must be unworn, in the state you received them, and in the original packaging.
  • Some items ship with an attached security tag. Merchandise returned without the original security tag attached or a damaged tag may not qualify for a refund. 

Fine Print: Gold, Platinum, and Elite Zappos Rewards members get instant refunds. That's right! From the first scan at UPS—Zappos will issue your refund. Voila! 

Read about our editors' favorite Zappos shoes. 

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  • You have 30 days from the shipping date to return your Zara purchase for free.
  • At a Zara store, bring your printed or electronic order and receipt to any Zara store in the same country or region in which you made your purchase.
  • Returns and exchanges of items require new, unworn, unwashed, and unaltered merchandise with all internal garment tags intact.

Fine Print: The cost of expedited shipping to you for the original order (if applicable) is not subject to refund.

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