Holiday Gift Return Policies at Nation's Biggest Retailers

VIDEO: Shoppers are expected to return 4 percent more goods than they did in 2010.

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ABC News' Becky Worley reports:

Christmas has come and gone, but holiday shopping has not.

The National Retail Federation estimates that holiday gift returns will total a record $46.3 billion this year, up 4 percent from last year and 10 percent from two years ago.

Read and click below to see the return and price-matching policies of the nation's biggest retailers to save time, money and headaches when returning your holiday gifts.

Return Policies:

Barnes and Noble

Bass Pro Shops

Bed Bath and Beyond


Best Buy - Holiday return policy; Regular return policy









Price-Matching Policies:

Wal-Mart's temporary, holiday price-matching policy will give customers a store gift card for the difference of any eligible product purchased from  Nov. 1 to Dec. 25 that is found at  another store for a lower price.


"If you find a lower price anywhere else on a new identical item, just show us the lower price when you buy the item at Staples and we will match the price, or within 14 days of your Staples purchase and we will give you the difference,"  according to the website.


Customers have within seven days of purchase to make a claim., the online entity of the company, is excluded from price matching.

"If you find an item in a competitor's printed ad that is priced lower than it is at your Target store, we will match the price. The competitor's ad must be local and current, and the product must be the identical item, brand name, quantity and model number,"  according to the company's website.


"If you find a lower price on an identical branded item with the same features (in Consumer Electronics identical brand and model number) currently available for sale at another local competitor retail store, Sears will match that price plus, give you 10% of the difference. Just bring in the original advertisement to a sales associate at the time of, or within 14 days after, your purchase,"  according to

Best Buy

"Best Buy will match the price if you find a lower price on an identical available product at a local retail competitor's store, a local Best Buy retail store or Simply let us know when you are making your purchase or during the return and exchange period. Perfect Match Promise products have an extended 60-day price match period," according to the  company's website.


"With the exception of TVs, doesn't price-match with other retailers (including those who sell their items on our website). We do, however, consistently work toward maintaining competitive prices on everything we carry,"  according to

Home Depot

"If you find a current lower price on an identical, in-stock item from any local retailer, we will match the price and beat it by 10%. Excludes special orders, bid pricing, volume discounts, open-box merchandise, labor and installation, sales tax, rebate and free offers, typographical errors and online purchases," according to the company's website.


"If you find a lower everyday price on an identical item at a local retail competitor, just bring us the competitor's current ad and we'll beat their price by 10%. If a competitor is offering a percent off discount, we'll reduce our current price by the same percentage discount that the competitor is offering," according to the  Lowe's Website.

**Make sure to c heck the company's website to read the fine print and review other requirements for price matching. Price matching varies for in-store purchases and online purchases.

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