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Subject:Return or ??
Time:11:23 pm
Let's say that you've purchased some small, inexpensive yet somewhat specialized item. For the sake of argument, let's say that the price was about a buck fifty. For whatever reason. you wound up not having a use for the item, and you think it's unlikely that you'll have use for it in the future. It's returnable, but you would have to go out of your way to take it back.

What do you do?
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2009-11-15 07:27 am (UTC)
Most likely, I would see if anyone I know has a use for it.
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laren
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Time:2009-11-15 07:34 am (UTC)
This. The financial return would be negated by the cost of gas and/or time. Giving it to a friend who may have a use for it would be ideal, assuming I didn't have to go out of my way or spend more money in order to do so.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-11-15 07:36 am (UTC)
Think specialized. Say, for example, it's a knob for a very specific model of stove. A day after you bought the knob, the stove you bought it for melted and you had to get a new stove.
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adb_foldem
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Time:2009-11-15 07:47 am (UTC)
LOL. Nice timing there. I would chalk it up to bad luck and pitch it.
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mickdog
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Time:2009-11-15 07:47 am (UTC)
I have done this exact thing and usually I just toss said item into our Goodwill box. We have a Goodwill about 1 mile away and my wife and I drop off odds and ends at least 5x year. That, in my opinion, is way more convenient than taking it back, and I'll get a fraction of the money back as a tax write-off.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2009-11-15 09:56 pm (UTC)
If I can't find someone to give it to within whatever length of time my patience runs for that period, I'll do this next. I've been trying hard to reduce the amount of stuff in my garbage can.
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yayhappens
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Time:2009-11-16 05:44 am (UTC)
I do this as well. It would go into the donations box in the garage.
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soulcookie
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Time:2009-11-15 08:38 am (UTC)
I'd throw it on Freecycle for a week, maybe two. If its specialized nature produces no takers, I'd trash it at the end of my patience posting period.
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rmd
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Time:2009-11-15 01:23 pm (UTC)
Not worth returning, unless I was in the area anyways (eg bought at the hardware store I am often parked near), I'd either ry to find someone I knew who wanted it or donate it somewhere.
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cork_dork
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Time:2009-11-15 01:24 pm (UTC)
Either Freecycle, or keep it handy in my car so that if I happened to be in the neighborhood of the store where I purchased it, I could return it.

Failing that, bite the buck fifty and toss the item.
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schmengie
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Time:2009-11-15 02:22 pm (UTC)
pitch it
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crayonbeam
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Time:2009-11-15 03:59 pm (UTC)
Depending on the store, I almost never return it. My time is worth too much to figure out transportation and standing in line and being away from Max or controlling Max in a stressful environment and all that. I wouldn't throw it out though - I'd try to get it to someone who needed it.
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crayonbeam
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Time:2009-11-15 04:01 pm (UTC)
and in fact my threshold for this is pretty high. I have a $20 item from the Container Store that I don't really need anymore. (I miscounted what would fit under the bed.) But since that involves going downtown, I made up a use for it. (It fits under the other side of the bed!)
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dubiousx
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Time:2009-11-15 05:21 pm (UTC)
Throw it away and don't worry about it. You've already spent too much time on it, for it's value, by writing this post.
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essaying
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Time:2009-11-15 05:49 pm (UTC)
Throw it into the Goodwill pile or toss it. Not worth standing in a customer service line for $1.50 (unless I have other things to return to the same store).
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tom_bayes
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Time:2009-11-15 05:57 pm (UTC)
Since it's cheap and a hassle to return, I'm sure I'd throw it in a box and stumble across it years later and wonder "WTF do I have this for?"
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greeklady
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Time:2009-11-15 07:59 pm (UTC)
I'd return it and go out to a great dinner. Sorry but $50 is enough for me to hassle with a return line. Otherwise I'd put a call out to anyone who may need, want to buy it at a discount I could live with. Or if I felt so inclined. eBay.

If you have enough cash flow that you are willing to walk away from $50 (ah the good ol days of working for me) then give it away. Honestly it depends on patience level and line pain in the ass-ness for returning. LOL
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whipartist
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Time:2009-11-16 04:15 am (UTC)
I said a buck fifty, i.e. $1.50. $50 is a different matter entirely. I'm sure that I know people for whom a dollar or two makes a difference, but most of the people I know these days would treat that as pocket change.
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greeklady
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Time:2009-11-16 04:23 am (UTC)
OK I don't know how I missed the buck fifty. In that case, recycle bin. LOL

I guess I need to stop replying when having a splitting headache. Apparently I cannot read for content.
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