Transcript for Returning gifts safely during COVID-19 pandemic
Nothing is normal this year, not even the simple task of returning those unwanted gifts. Safety of course is very important. ABC's Stephanie Ramos joins us now with more on that. Stephanie, good morning. Hope you're not taking back too many gifts. Reporter: I did pretty well this year. Good morning to you. Some people may find themselves repurposing some gifts. The national retail federation estimates that 10% of gifts will go right back on the shelves. Returning this year won't be the same. Retailers are coming up with safe ways to return during the pandemic. Some will provide return labels to customers so gifts can be returned through FedEx and U.P.S., even if you purchased in store. Sore are offering curb side return parking spots. Best Buy and dick's are advising customers to park, call and read all the receipt details in order to make a return without coming into contact with anyone. Just to give you an idea of how much shopping was done despite the pandemic, here are the stats -- on the Saturday before Christmas the top gift purchases according to the national retail federation, were clothing and accessories, 45%, toys, gift cards, books and media, electronics at about 23%. U.S. Retail sales rose 2.3% compared to the same period last year. That's according to Mastercard spending pulse. Online sales grew 47.2% during that time. Guys, the shopping is not over. Two thirds, about 66% of holiday shoppers, will held back to the stores this week. Guys? Thank you, Stephanie. I got a little wooden cat meditating from janai, my secret Santa, gave it to my son and he was delighted. I'm still trying to regift my hot dogs. Lori Loughlin expected to be
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