Man on the Edge: Return Policies for Gifts?

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 Black Fri-what?  Thrifty Thurs-who?  Super Satur-blah!  Forget all those made-up marketing ploys, holiday shopping is officially here with Best Buy taking its Black Friday deals live online on Tuesday.  Which seems awfully early since you’re buying all that stuff for other people… right?  What if they don’t like it?

But retailers keep pushing it up!  It used to be that Black Friday was the big day to rush out for sales, first thing in the morning.  But then some stores started figuring out they could get more shoppers overnight.  And then, some started opening on Thanksgiving Day, turning it into Thrifty Thursday.  Now, they’re looking to add Super Saturday into the mix, with each day having different things on sale.

And since you’re buying all that stuff for Christmas presents for other people, that means there’s a full month before most of those gifts will serve their purposes.  Places like Best Buy and Walmart do have extended return policies this time of year, but they still start at the point of purchase, which means you have a shorter amount of time after the holidays to return them.

Our Man on the Edge, Robert Wilder, thinks everything should have a three-month return policy, but when should any return policy start?