How to Return Clearance Items

Clearance sales are opportunities to save money, and to overspend.
Clearance sales are opportunities to save money, and to overspend. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

The very presence of a clearance sign will make many of us spend more than we had intended. The problem often arises when you've overspent, or purchased items that you really don't need. Many stores will allow you to return clearance items, but some stores, often smaller retailers, place restrictions on returning clearance items. To return a clearance item to store, you must have the proof of purchase.

Contact the retailer to find out their policy on returning clearance items. Some stores consider clearance items as final sales. In this situation, you can't return the items. Instead, ask the retailer to give you store credit in exchange for the returned clearance items.

Look over the clearance items and ensure that each item has the tag or sticker that has the UPC code required to scan the item. Some stores will return items without tags or stickers if the item is only sold at that store.

Find the receipt for the clearance items. Many stores require a receipt. For items purchased online, print the receipt that was sent to you by email, or log in to your account and print the receipt online.

Look on the receipt for the return policy. Many larger retailers will return clearance items within 30 to 90 days. If the clearance items were purchased outside of the specified return period, the retailer might not accept the items for return.

Return the clearance items with the receipt. If the store doesn't prevent clearance items from being returned, you have the original receipt and you are returning within the specific time period allowed for returns the retailer is likely to return your money. If you don't have the receipt, the retailer may issue you store credit instead of returning your funds. If the items were purchased using a debit or credit card, submit the exact same card and the retailer will credit the account.

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