So your Grandma gave you another thoughtful yet unnecessary item for your birthday. She bought it for you but you just have no use for it. You don’t want to be rude or hurt her feelings by asking for the receipt or where she bought the item to exchange it so now what do you do?
Do you re-gift it to some other sucker who can figure out something to do with it? Use it as a coaster? Donate it? No way! If Grandma wanted you to do anything, it would be to at least get some value out of the item. She sacrificed a portion of her social security check to show you she loves you so don’t let Grandma down!!!
The first thing you need to do is download the ShopSavvy app. This is one of my favorite apps ever! It is a barcode scanning app with unmatched results. It will show you everywhere online and locally that sells the item you scan or search for from the lowest price to the highest.
It will only show a local result if the item is actually sold at that store and when you click on the store it will spit out a list of ones that have the same item on their shelves and their distance from your current location, ones without will be omitted. You will know exactly where to return your less desirable items.
By giving you all of the results and not just the lower prices, you can more easily identify the store where it was purchased. For example, you have received a gift from Grandma you want to exchange and let’s say it sells for $11 at Target but $40 at WalMart. Grandma surely spent $40 on you, plus she lives right by WalMart so take it back to WalMart for a store credit.
All you need is your ID to return items without a receipt at most stores however research what their return policy says before you waste time and gas. Walmart, for instance, will only let you return the item for store credit without a receipt so long as they sell it at that particular location, the item does not exceed $50 including tax and you have a valid ID. WalMart will only let you do this type of return 3 times a year. If you’re a person who likes to try different items out before settling on one, I would try to be better at hanging on to my receipts or take a picture of them instead. If you download the WalMart app you can have them store it for you when you scan the barcode at the bottom of your receipt. They will even fund you the difference if the price of an item drops within a week of your purchase!
If you need cash more than you need to buy more junk to add to your other junk, you can try to sell it. If you need cash today you can always find some variation of a gift-card-for-cash store and some grocery stores have automated terminal machines that will give you cash for it as well. Most places won’t give you a 100% exchange in cash for the value of the card. This amount tends to vary depending on their current market for a specific store gift card but you can expect around 80% return. There are many places online that will do this like Gift Card Granny however this option can take some time. You may be required to send it in the mail and you won’t receive the money until after they receive it. The best thing to do is to find someone you know like a friend or a family member who would give you the full value in cash.
As far as books go, if it is a college book or graphing calculator, of course, Chegg is probably your best bet if you cannot find a store who would buy back the book near a college or at a 2nd hand media store like Bookmans. Whatever you do avoid Bookscouter at all costs! They are robbing people blind with shamefully low offers – it’s disgusting. If the book isn’t beat up, just scan it with ShopSavvy, return the book to a store on the results list, get store credit, and run wild!