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December 27, 2004


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i remember the time when the limited and its affiliated stores had the motto: "no sale is ever final". recently, i tried to return a defective top to an EXPRESS store (the beads were glued on rather than sewn on; i found a bunch of shiny stuff on the floor of my closet and realized they were coming off on their own). since i had the original receipt and the garment was still unworn, i figured i had no problem. what i DIDN'T notice was the fine print on the back of the receipt -- it said that items could now only be returned within 60 days. i tried to return the item on day 63 and was denied; i even offered to receive store credit instead and they wouldn't budge. they made me call some number to ask for special consideration; all i got was a recording asking me to leave my name and number. and i never heard back from them. needless to say, i'm never shopping at the express again.

on the other hand, did you know that costco takes ANYTHING back and gives you CASH back for it, even if you originally put it on your credit card? i've returned items as much as a year later with no receipt, and they've taken them all back. i've even witnessed a woman returning an obviously dead palm tree. and yes, they gave her money back without even asking why! needless to say, this and the $1.50 hotdog/soda combo are just some of the reasons why i love to shop at costco...


oh man. i never thought it was that bad, gigi! eek. kapal muks talaga.


Sarah, if you only knew the stuff I've seen. You'd think these folks were insane, although they look perfectly "normal" -- like they could be your grade school teacher or even a social worker. That's why I can't help but empathize with retailers regarding their implementation of stricter return policies (of course, that is until the day comes when I'm not allowed to return something! :) )


eow! that's really disgusting! that's the height of indecency! if i were in your shoes, i'd be grossed out too, and no amount of professionalism will be able to hide spontaneous facial expressions! if that happened to me, i might have even puked infront of that customer!


Return policies in the Philippines have evolved from the days of "No Return, No Exchange," but is nothing like what you just described.

I'm surprised that stores even take lingerie returns. Bras yes but panties?

At the end of the day, consumers end up paying for such liberal return policies in the form of higher prices.


I've mastered my customer service "poker face" -- you have to when you sell lingerie and have to deal with exhibitionists who insist on showing you their boobs (esp. when they have implants)for way longer than necessary, transvestites or female impersonators who need help finding a bra that fits AND enhances, and of course, customers who return used merchandise (the gross images are seared into my brain unfortunately).

I wonder if panty returns are allowed only here in the US (same with thong teddies and the like). I've had customers from different countries who mentioned the sort of thing wasn't allowed where they were from. I suppose the adage "buyer beware" holds greater truth when shopping in lingerie stores here.


Well I was in Prague last October and the local Debenhams' took returned men's underwear if that's any help.

Buyer beware indeed, Gigi.


Hi Gigi!
since panty returns are allowed, can't retailers request the merchandisers to stick adhesive paper along the crotch area (just like those found on Speedo swimsuits)? this is so that the store can dictate to these unscrupulous people that items without the crotch liner can't be returned anymore.


Believe it or not, we used to wish that were the case -- but we always knew it would never happen because of additional costs (labor, material, etc). So best thing is to wash before wearing (which is always a good rule of thumb anyway, since you never know how something has been handled :) )! Happy New Year!


Happy new year, Gigi!

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