Shoppers scoring big by looking for returned items

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MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) Holiday shopping is long gone are but some people are still finding January to be a lucrative time to shop.

You had the pre-holiday shopping rush, then the flood of returns. Well, now shoppers are zeroing in on those items you sent back to the store in hopes of getting “like new” merchandise at a deep discount.

It’s the next chapter of holiday shopping. All those items you rushed to the store to return are now getting marked down, and some savvy shoppers are scoring big deals.

“The discounts are there, you see the stores, they’re all offering some sort of a discount,” said Meriden’s Eric Wruck. “It’s a good time to shop, this is a very good time to shop.”

Experts say return rates this year are higher than years past because of the free shipping companies are offering. Manufacturers are working hard to refurbish returned items to get them back on the shelf. Wallingford’s Christina Wilcox sent something back.

“That’s kind of what I did, I returned a broken item and I got a new one, but I had great customer service,” Wilcox said.

Only those returned items go back on the shelf at a cheaper price. Companies like Amazon have warehouse deals on their website, which are marked down returned items. Target and Walmart do something similar.

The only catch – remember to ask about their return policy. Lots of times the sale of these items are final sale only. Middletown’s Alicia McCoy says she skipped the return rush knowing the deals she’d find without all the hassle.

“I like as much as it’s saving money, it’s also just less stressful in general this time of year,”  McCoy said.

Some retailers won’t put returned items back on their shelves. They’ll turn to resellers online to take it off their hands.  Before you buy online make sure to read the production description so you know if it’s been damaged at all. You want to know you’re getting a deal and not a dud.

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