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Returning gifts after the holiday

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By Amanda Taylor, NEWS 9

Inevitably somebody somewhere will get a gift they're not thrilled about. That means heading back to the stores for holiday returns.

Well it's not that much fun - Angie's List tracks this type of thing.

"Many of the members found that returns were frustrating because they didn't like to wait in long lines. But, the key is here; you may not have to," Angies's List founder Angie Hicks said.

Angie Hicks says many stores have a 30 or 60 day return policy. If that's the case, you might want to wait until mid or late January when there aren't any lines.

Also, if you have something you want to take back, don't open it. Some things like movies and music can't be returned if open.

Other items might cause a restocking fee that could range from 10-30 percent. So, keep it in its original packaging and keep all the tags on.

If you don't have a receipt, be prepared. If the item has since gone on sale, you may not get the original price back, and you may only get in store credit.

Remember to keep the holiday spirit in mind as well.

"Be patient; be courteous when you're talking to the clerk. Explain how regular a customer you are to the store. Also, if you're not getting your way, politely ask to talk to a manager," Hicks said.

And if you have to make a return over the internet, check to see if time is on your side. Many of the big retailers only have a 30 day return period.

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