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Consumer Alert: Pay close attention to retailer return policies

ATLANTA (CBS46) -

You'll want to pay close attention to return policies as you as you give and receive gifts this holiday season.                 

83-percent of stores are keeping their return policies the same this year, while 7-percent are tightening them, according to the National Retail Federation,

According to consumerworld.org, Target has tightened its return policy on electronics for the second time in two years. 

You only have 30-days to return or exchange items.  Keep in mind, for other items like clothing you have the typical 90 days.

At WalMart, the return policy is 90-days for most items. 

However, pay close attention to the policy regarding electronics.  if you buy an item with a 15 day return window, that window begins the day after Christmas. 

That means you have until January 10th to return or exchange electronics at WalMart.

Over at Best Buy, the retailer extended its regular return policy to 60-days for certain Reward Zone members according to consumerworld.org, but the best retail policy by far is at Kohl's, where there is no deadline on returns.

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