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Just as you would check a seller's return policy on Ebay before purchasing a handbag, you should always check a store's return policy before making a purchase. All stores vary on their return policies so you should never assume anything and should instead, read the policy each time you shop a new store. Some stores offer returns within thirty days, some give more time, and some don't offer returns at all; opting to only give in-store exchanges or credits. If a store only offers exchanges rather than refunds, you need to decide if there is something else you would be happy purchasing in the store. When shopping for handbags online you should also make sure of the return policy. Keep in mind that many stores will make you pay shipping costs when making returns. If there is a chance you may need to return the purse, check to see if the online store has any physical locations close to you where you can make the purchase rather than buying it online.
Have you ever bought an expensive handbag only to return to the store a week later and find out the handbag you just bought is on sale? You don't have to be upset when this happens; in many cases there is something you can do. Find out if the store offers price adjustments and bring your handbag back with the receipt as soon as possible. Often times stores will honor you the sale price on the bag as long as you made the purchase within two weeks prior to the sale. If the salesperson says no to a price adjustment, you can tell them you want to return the item, and in many cases they will choose to honor the sale price to you rather than to lose your sale altogether. You can also get price adjustments on handbags purchased online. Try calling customer service if you see a handbag go on sale within two weeks of purchasing it online and see if they will honor the sale.
Before you purchase a handbag on Ebay, you should always check the seller's return policy. Consider what will happen if the bag arrives and you realize you don't like it, or if the seller misrepresents the bag in the item description. Some Ebay sellers will tell you all sales are 100% final and there are absolutely no returns. It would be wise to stay away from these sellers, as there are many things that could go wrong with your handbag purchase. Even if you have absolutely no intentions of returning the bag, it's always nice to have the option open just in case. Many sellers will have a time frame in which you can return an item. Pay attention to this time line to make sure the seller will accept your return or exchange. It never hurts for you to e-mail the seller to clarify their return policy before you bid on an item. Remember, you could be spending a lot of money on a handbag and you don't want to be stuck with one that you aren't absolutely in love with.
Although you may be tempted, you should try your best not to abuse retailers' return policies. Abusing return policies may cause the prices of handbags to rise in the future and may also cause retailers to make their return policies stricter. Some people will buy handbags at discount stores and try to return them at department stores or other retailers. Some even purchase fake designer handbags and attempt to pass them off as real handbags while making returns. Remember, the sales associates at designer handbag retailers are generally very knowledgeable about the product and will be able to determine a fake when they see one. When purchasing handbags on Ebay, some buyers decide they don't like the bag, damage it, and then claim the bag arrived damaged. Doing so causes seller/buyer trust on Ebay to lessen and makes it more difficult for everyone to conduct honest sales. Always follow the store or individual's return policy in order to get the most success out of your return.
Sometimes when you buy a new handbag, the first thing you want to do when you get home is rip the tags off and try the purse on in front of the mirror. However, it is a good idea to keep the tags on the bag right up until you are going to walk out the door with it. Many things could happen from the time you purchase the purse until you use it for the first time. You could find a handbag you like better, find the bag for a better price, change your mind about the bag, etc. In any case, it is best to be safe, keep the tags on the bag, and keep the option of returning the purse should you choose to do so. Even when you do decide to cut the tags off and begin using your purse, you should still save them in a safe place. In case you do need to return the purse, it is better to have the tags unattached than to not have the tags at all.
Once you're sure that the Ebay seller whom you're considering buying from has a good return policy, you can purchase the handbag of your choice. However, there is still a chance that the bag won't meet your expectations. There are steps you should go through to make sure your Ebay return goes as smoothly as possible. First of all, if you don't like the bag, don't be afraid to return it. Even if you are unsure of the seller's return policy, don't hesitate to e-mail them with any questions or clarifications you might have. If the seller misrepresented the handbag to you, you have every right to ask for a refund. Describe your problem to the seller and tell them why you are unhappy. If the seller's information claims they accept returns from unhappy customers and they won't accept yours, you can contact E-bay and tell them you are having problems with the seller. You can also leave the seller bad feedback. Don't be slanderous; simply describe the problem you had with the seller so that other potential buyers can be aware. Remember, often when you decide to return a handbag on Ebay, you will have to pay the shipping costs.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|