51 Retailers That Let You Buy Online and Return In-Store

Big-name chains like Home Depot, Walmart, and Target offer this order-return method for your convenience.
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Most of us know how easy it can be to go on a shopping spree online, but what happens when an item arrives and it's not what you expected? Returns are usually a viable option, but shipping an order back to the retailer can be a hassle, especially if the product won't fit in your mailbox.

Can you return an online order to a store instead? Fortunately, many retailers allow you to buy online and return in-store, although there are some caveats. Before venturing out to a local shop, read their return policy to see if you can return online orders in person and what kinds of requirements you'll have to meet.

Check out our list below of some of the top retailers that allow you to use this method to buy and return items.

What Is 'Buy Online, Return In-Store'?

"Buy online, return in-store" is a policy that allows shoppers to purchase items online and then return them in-store, rather than having to ship them back via a carrier like UPS, FedEx, or the U.S. Postal Service.

For the retailers that let you return online orders in-store, the process is usually close to returning something you purchased in the store itself.

For the most part, this policy is only applicable to stores that have physical locations. That includes national chains like Home Depot, Walmart, Best Buy, and others. However, some online-focused retailers have agreements with brick-and-mortar stores to allow easier returns for customers. Think Amazon shoppers being able to return Amazon items to Kohl's, for instance.

What to Know About Returning Online Orders to a Store

Have you been asking yourself, "How do I return an online purchase to a store?" For the retailers that allow in-store returns, the process is usually pretty close to — if not the exact same as — returning something you purchased in the store. But here are things to keep in mind before you initiate that return:

  • You must return all items in original condition. This often means they must be in original packaging and with original tags intact. Anything that appears used will likely be refused.
  • Some retailers only allow in-store returns for certain items you buy, while other items must be returned by mail. Take a close look at the company's return policy to check.
  • Shipping costs are typically nonrefundable.
  • You need the invoice that was included in your package. If you don't have it, you may be able to find it through your store account online. If you can't find your invoice, you'll likely only get store credit.
  • Most stores only accept returns within 30 to 60 days. Some are more or less lenient than others, and some retailers may have varying policies for different product categories.
  • Some stores have a restocking fee for returns. It's more common for electronics than other types of goods.
  • Clearance and customized items are often nonrefundable.
  • You typically can't return an item purchased in one country to a retail location in another country.
  • Different forms of payment may have different return policies. Check the fine print before paying via a system like PayPal or a "buy now, pay later" option like Klarna.

51 Retailers That Let You Buy Online and Return In-Store

To find out whether a retailer allows customers to return an online order in-store, you'll want to check the company's return policy. It should tell you how to return online orders, but if the policy isn't clear, contact the customer service department. To make the process easier, we've put together a list of major retailers that accept online returns in-stores.

SEE ALSO: Here's Every Major Store's Holiday Return Policy

This list obviously doesn't include every retailer that accepts online returns in-store. If you're hoping to return an online purchase to a retailer that isn't on this list, check the company's return policy to see if it's possible before you write it off entirely.

Store Return Time Frame Other Details
Abercrombie & Fitch 30 days Refund after 30 days in form of merchandise credit
Ace Hardware 30 days May vary by location
Advance Auto Parts 45 days Select items are nonrefundable
Select items subject to 15% restocking fee
American Eagle Outfitters No limit Shipping is not refundable
Anthropologie 30 days Refund after 30 days in form of merchandise credit
Apple 14 days Select items are ineligible
AutoZone 90 days If no receipt, must contact customer support for transaction information
Bath & Body Works No set limit Some exclusions may apply, including gift cards with balances over $10
Best Buy Varies My Best Buy Plus and Total members may have longer return periods
Restocking fees may apply
BJ's Wholesale Club Varies Some exclusions apply
Bloomingdale's 90 days Special return policies may apply
Costco Varies Select items ineligible for returns
CVS 60 days Select health care, home health, and personal care products can't be returned
Dick's Sporting Goods Varies Requires proof of purchase barcode or order confirmation email
Dillard's 30 days Exclusions apply
DSW 90 days Returns after 90 days will receive a merchandise credit instead of a full refund
Ecco 60 days PayPal orders will be refunded via store credit only
Express 60 days Some exclusions may apply
Forever 21 60 days Some exclusions apply
GameStop Varies Some exclusions apply
A 5% restocking fee applies to certain items
Gap/Athleta/Banana Republic/Old Navy 30 days
60 days (Athleta)
Excludes items marked "mail only"
Items must be returned to their respective stores
Guess 30 days Some exclusions apply
H&M 30 days Some exclusions apply
Home Depot 90 days Some exclusions apply
IKEA 180 days (opened)
365 days (unopened)
Some exclusions apply
J.Crew 30 days Some exclusions apply
JCPenney 60 days Returns without a receipt may be eligible for a merchandise return voucher at the item's lowest selling price within the last 45 days
Joann No limit Some exclusions apply
Restocking fees of $25 apply to sewing machines and craft tech machines returns
Kohl's Varies Some exclusions apply
Lands' End 90 days Some exclusions apply
Lowe's 90 days Some exclusions apply
Macy's Varies Some exclusions apply
Michaels 60 days Excludes certain online-only items
Neiman Marcus 30 days Some exclusions apply
Nike 60 days Some exclusions apply
Nordstrom Varies Returns are done on a case-by-case basis
Orvis Varies Some exclusions apply
Patagonia No set limit Some exclusions apply
REI Varies REI Co-op members have up to 365 days to return select items
Sam's Club Varies Some exclusions may apply
Sephora 30 days Some exclusions apply
Sunglass Hut 30 days Some exclusions apply
T.J.Maxx 40 days Some exclusions apply
Target 90 days Those paying with a Target RedCard get a longer return period
Urban Outfitters 30 days Some exclusions apply
Victoria's Secret 30 days Some exclusions apply
Walgreens 30 days Some exclusions apply
Walmart 90 days for most items Walmart Marketplace items may have different return policies

Another Way to Return Online Orders In-Store

While some retailers offer in-store returns, others might not be able to because they're only online or have a very limited number of physical locations. But that doesn't mean you're out of luck. Happy Returns is a solution to this issue, and while it's not available everywhere, it's definitely growing.

Happy Returns lets you bring returnable items from many participating retailers to one of its in-store Return Bars.

UPS powers the service, and you can find a Return Bar near you before you start your return. Return Bars are often located in other stores, such as Staples, The UPS Store, or Petco locations. But the process tends to be pretty simple. For one return, this writer didn't even have to repackage the item being returned to the store. Your mileage may vary on that front, though. What shouldn't vary is how easy using Happy Returns is — and because of that, this writer highly recommends this return method if it's available to you.

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Elizabeth Harper
Contributing Writer

Originally working in IT, Elizabeth now writes on tech, gaming, and general consumer issues. Her articles have appeared in USA Today, Time, AOL, PriceGrabber, and more. She has been one of DealNews' most regular contributors since 2013, researching everything from vacuums to renters insurance to help consumers.
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