The law allows stores to set their own refund policy. They can choose to give you a refund, an exchange, store credit, or nothing at all. What you get depends on the policy of the store.
The common refund policy
If you return most items within seven days of the purchase and with a receipt, you are entitled to:
This refund policy will apply unless a store displays a different policy.
If a store has a different refund policy, they must display it
If a store does not use the common refund policy, they must display their policy before you buy. They can do this by:
If a store violates this policy, you can return an item for a refund within 30 days of purchase.
Does the refund policy have to be the same for all items?
No. Stores don’t have to take back the following items, unless their refund policy says they will:
Can I get a refund on items marked “As Is” or “Final Sale”?
No. If you purchase an item marked “as is” or “final sale”, the store does not have to give you a refund.
Contact us for more information or speak with one of our counselors at (800) 593-8222. If you live outside of Southern California, call us at (213) 974-1452.
Updated December 16, 2008
For more information: