It happens every holiday: you open a gift and it’s not what you wanted. Or you have three more just like it at home. 

Whatever the case, it’s a done deal that the item will be returned, by mail or in-store. 

From clothing to appliances, furniture, and more, the months of December, January, and February always see a stark rise in returns. This year, delays with shipping due to worker shortages and logistics issues are exacerbating how quickly returns are processed. 

Additionally, shortages all across the supply chain spectrum are leaving big businesses struggling to keep up. 

Companies like UPS that use thousands of direct thermal shipping labels for packages are having a tough time with supplies as manufacturers are attempting to obtain raw materials. 

And remember, if that ugly sweater you hate isn’t returned to the retailer within the allotted time, yule be out of luck getting a refund.

So knowing when major retailers, like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and more, accept items back after purchase dates is key to making holiday returns. Smith Corona has created a list of top brand names in an easy-to-read infographic for your holiday return deadlines.

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