returns http://michiganradio.org en Many unhappy returns: Michigan businesses prepared for another Christmas tradition http://michiganradio.org/post/many-unhappy-returns-michigan-businesses-prepared-another-christmas-tradition <p>The presents have all been opened&nbsp;and many will be heading back to the store.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Returning or exchanging gifts is part of the American holiday shopping season tradition.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But Patrick Bennett with the <a href="http://detroit.bbb.org/">Better Business Bureau</a> of Eastern Michigan&nbsp;warns if you&nbsp;plan to&nbsp;return a present&nbsp;you should know the store&rsquo;s&nbsp;rules for returning or exchanging merchandise.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s important that consumers retain the original packaging if they plan on returning items.&nbsp; Or if they receive something that they know in fact they are going to return it, don&rsquo;t even open it.&nbsp;Take it back in its original condition,&quot; says&nbsp;Bennett.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Bennett&nbsp;also advises&nbsp;people returning&nbsp;presents to see if the business&nbsp;charges a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pcguide.com/buy/ven/eval/guarFees-c.html">restocking </a>fee.&nbsp;He says restocking fees&nbsp;are common for&nbsp;businesses that&nbsp;sell&nbsp;electronics.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><br />Bennett says many retailers have tightened their rules on accepting returned&nbsp;merchandise in recent years to crack down on fraud.&nbsp; Sun, 25 Dec 2011 21:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 5548 at http://michiganradio.org Many unhappy returns: Michigan businesses prepared for another Christmas tradition