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Consumer Alert

Timing, and a receipt, are important for gift returns

Your mother-in-law bought you one wicked ugly sweater and the toaster you got is the same one that’s sitting on your countertop. If you’re like an awful lot of folks post-holiday, you’ll be heading to exchange or return gifts that just didn’t make the cut.

Wise consumers will wait a few days to avoid the initial rush — but won’t drag it out too long. Some holiday gift return periods end in the next two weeks or so.

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