March 24 2009|06.17 PM UTC

Jonathan Rivers

Minimize Your Risk and Save Money at Retail Stores

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IncreaseSalesCoach March 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm

This is great. Personally I won’t buy from a business that makes refunds difficult. And I think those businesses that do have good refund policies should get rewarded for their good business behavior.

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Nick Spartz April 3, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I think some of this is not current. I believe that Best Buy no longer has restocking fee’s for example. Will post if I see anything else that seems off.

And in addition, many of the stores that don’t have a no receipt needed policy CAN look up your receipt if you used a membership card or if you payed electronically.

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fatpirate April 3, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Costco anyone?

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Kara April 6, 2009 at 9:50 am

I know that the Best Buy I go to in Michigan does a competitor price match, which I assume would apply to all of their chain stores. My husband and I just purchased a TV from Best Buy, and if we see a print advertisement for a better price from one of their local competitors we’ll get a refund of the difference.

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Bob Smiley April 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm

I find it hard to believe this was done by a frugal person, yet they failed to include the Salvation Army Store or GoodWill.

Personally, I do all of my shirt & dress clothes shopping at GoodWill. Jeans, undergarments, belts, shoes, I get some place else (usually wal-mart, if you can avoid the cheap brands).

I live in a suburb that has tons of apartment complexes, too. So, about 6 months back I decided that I would just stop buying things from stores. Instead, I’ll just live off of whatever furniture and whatever else I find scrounged from apartment dumpsters come the end of the month (when folks are moving out and dump perfectly good household items next to the dumpster they’re too lazy to take or donate). This concept alone has a) saved me from spending money on spur-of-the-moment crap at the store I really don’t need, and b) I’ve found some really useful items I didn’t realize I needed until I found them. I’ve even gone so far as to re-sell some items I find (but I usually just clean up and donate most of it to GoodWill or a local church). There tends to be a lot of perfectly good furniture tossed out, too, and I’ve been giving serious thought to borrowing my brothers truck, picking the furniture up, cleaning it up or refinishing it, and turning around and selling it as a part time way to earn more money. It would be limited on the amount of furniture I found, but I would be the one to dictate what I wanted to work on and how much effort I put into it…basically my own boss.

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J. Money April 13, 2009 at 12:37 pm

omg my mom was literally JUST telling me to blog about something like this! haha…nice work, you’ll make her proud ;)

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