At this point, the socks have been rendered useless. I couldn’t exchange them because apparently they didn’t have my size to begin with. And now that they’ve been relegated to the clearance section, my $6 socks have depreciated to a paltry $2 without receipt. If for no other reason than those of vanity, the physical act of returning a pair of $2 socks, coupled with accompanying mental angst, isn’t worth it.
Frankly, I’d forgotten all about those socks until earlier this week. But they came rushing back to the fore when I stumbled upon an article highlighting strange Costco returns.
Costco has an extremely lenient return policy. Most items — even mattresses — can be returned at any time for a full refund. That’s right. Not within 30 days or 60 days or 90 days. At. Any. Time. And you’d be amazed at what people will return, given the opportunity. For example…
- Christmas tree. Returned first week in January. Reason: tree was dead.
- Rotisserie chicken —well, what was left of the chicken after all the meat had been pulled off the bones. Reason: customer didn’t like it.
- Fifteen-year-old pressure washer. Reason: no longer working.
All I'm saying is just because you can return something, that doesn't mean you should . But I digress.
It should come as no surprise that odd and untimely returns aren’t limited to Costco. Not by a long shot. Check out these returns at other retailers:
- Electronic cat toy that quit working after 30 minutes. Note: toy had an automatic 30-minute shut-off.
- Can of ground coffee returned. Customer had replaced coffee with potting soil.
- Empty keg of beer, returned because the beer ran out too fast.
- Peanut butter M&Ms, returned because they were made with chocolate, to which the customer’s kids were allergic.
- Bag of potato chips, left over from a party, returned by hostess who said she no longer needed them.
While all of these returns leave me shaking my head, the one that takes the cake centers on an outdoorsman and his nine-year-old backpack that was old, dirty, and, well, no longer his favorite. Not only did the store refund his money, they also gave him an extra $17, in keeping with the current price of said backpack.
And to think I can’t bring myself to return a pair of $2 slipper socks.