Originally Posted by Baby~Braatens~Mama
Never feel guilty about returning items (unless you have deliberately broken, wore or altered said items). IMO: I paid for them because I wanted them... if I no longer want them, and haven't used them then I return them so someone else who does want them can purchase them.
Hope this helps a little.I do feel guilty about ordering food and then not eating it... But if I could send it back sometimes, or exchange it for something more edible...
I return stuff on occasion, for a variety of reasons (it was not the right type/size/etc.), I changed my mind, defect, etc. I try not to abuse return policies, as it is inconvenient for them (and usually for me) to do a return. We did just buy some curtains for the house which took one hour to pick out (after already visitng a few other stores along the way), then passed by another store that we originally did not think to look in and found something we liked better for the same price. Since it was about $200 worth of curtains that I would have to look at every day for the next 10 years, I did not hestitate to return the first lot. Though I was sort of glad that the sales rep that helped us the first time was in at the time (because she was so nice so I guess I did feel a twinge of guilt/ embarrassment).
I would only return groceries if it was a "defect" (spoiled, opened container). And I have returned inedible food at a restaurant or if it turns out to be something very different than suggested by the description (and therefore not appetizing/edible for me). Unlike other merchandise, I do realize that they cannot sell it to the next customer so I very rarely do this. If I do, I usually just (politely) complain to the server and they more often than not offer to bring something else, which keeps me as a customer (unless all their food just sucks).
I figure that I work hard for my money and cannot waste it on things that are not right. Sometimes it is not possible to know until you get home. We just bought our first house so are stoking up on various tools as we need them and sometimes we pick out the wrong thing for the job. Home Depot is really great about returns!