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Best Buy Eliminates Some Restocking Fees

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On the heels of a lackluster sales report during the holiday season, Best Buy has decided to eliminate restocking fees. Until recently, Best Buy charged customers 15% of the purchase price to restock an opened item. These returned electronics, if sold, usually feature a sales price of 10% off the regular price. It may be bold to offer this opinion, but a restocking fee makes sense as a deterrent for habitual returning. Even though it’s common in the industry — even consumer-friendly Amazon.com refunds only 85% of the purchase price of opened items, but it’s a policy that’s not seen as consumer friendly.

If you have returned an item to Best Buy any time after November 17 and were charged a restocking fee, talk to your store’s customer service department to get a refund. The new policy goes into effect for the future, but Best Buy is honoring requests for refunds for those who were charged the fee.

While I don’t always buy electronics from Best Buy, I always give them a chance to beat other store’s prices. I am often successful in negotiating a discount, especially when I’m willing to buy a product that is discontinued. Even in cases where I can’t convince the manager to offer a discount, they’ll usually throw in some free stuff, such as accessories.


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avatar Clay Ivy

i agree with you. Why should the store take a loss because someone wants to play with some electronics for free? There has to be some deterrent.

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avatar eric

I hate restocking fees but that’s just me. Needless to say I’m glad to see them disappearing one store at a time.

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avatar faithfueledbennetts

I will not purchase from stores with a restocking fee. If for some reason I do have to return something, I want all the money I paid for it back. I think this is a move in the right direction. But, if they see returns skyrocket, then they may need to question their customer’s motive to returns.

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