In-store returns (Club Wedd)
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- For my wedding, I registered for over 50 gifts from target and received most of them. One of the items I received from my registry was a hanging votive candle holder. When I opened the package, I found that several of the glass covers for the candles were broken. I was not given a gift receipt for this item, but I didn't figure it would be a problem to exchange it for another votive holder exactly like it that wasn't broken. Boy, was I wrong. At first I was given grief about not having a receipt. Under normal circumstances, I can understand a strict receipt policy, but in this case, I was returning something that I have on my registry-something that they could look at my registry, see it was on there and that someone had purchased it for me. There was no doubt that this was a gift I had recently received and that it had come from Target. They finally let me go find another votive candle holder, but when I brought it back to the register, I was told that "it was ringing up $3 more than the original." When I asked why that would be, she said Target had a policy saying you have to pay a 15% restocking fee on returns with no receipts. Again, considering the circumstances that this was something Target had on record that I had registered for, I thought this was ridiculous. The thing that bothered me the most however, was that the item I was returning was broken. Basically what happened, was Target sold a broken item and I had to pay for them to take it back and exchange it for another one exactly like it. The store took no responsibility for selling bad merchandise, leaving me to have to pay extra money for them to take it back. I was also told that since I returned this item with no receipt, that I would only be able to return one more item for an entire year. Again, under normal circumstances, this would probably not be a problem. HOWEVER, I received many duplicate gifts from my registry, most of which I was given no gift receipt for. Basically what I am being told, is that I am stuck with these duplicate gifts because I can only return one more item. They have a record of everything I asked for and everything that was purchased for me. That should be more than enough compensation for not having a gift receipt. Target should know and understand that duplicate gifts will be purchased from registries and take that into account when doing in-store returns. Only allowing two returns for a large registry is absurd. I will never set up another registry of any kind at Target. I will also not advise anyone else to have a registry at Target. I set up registries at several other stores and Target is the only one I have had problems with. Every other store has gladly taken back duplicate gifts and exchanged them for something else on my registry, without once asking for a receipt. I chose to register at Target over many other stores, but this was a big mistake. It's a mistake I will not make again.