Shoppers flood stores with holiday returns

By Rochelle Dean - email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - While your Christmas shopping may be over, the post-holiday shopping rush is only getting started.

Hundreds of people spent the day making a mad dash to area stores to take back some of those unwanted gifts.

"We've had a lot of guests come in and redeem gift cards for electronics and for toys they didn't get," said Target store manager Gary Baker.

Then there were those who spent Monday morning waiting in lines with their arms full of gifts they did get but don't want. Baker said the store plans on staffing extra workers. It's all in anticipation of the after-Christmas stampede that never fails to fill up parking lots and retailer return centers. "It's been busier then I expected," shared shopper Ashley Starling, "I guess because it snowed yesterday everybody kind of waited until today to exchange everything."

Everything from toys to clothes were stacked on store counters faster than employees could reshelf it. Target suggested you bring a receipt to make the return process easier, but not every store requires proof of purchase. Retailers like Walmart and Costco have announced holiday return policies where no receipt is needed for gifts . Other stores, like Best Buy, are even doing away with re-stocking fees in order to accommodate post-holiday shoppers.

If you are not a huge fan of the crowds, most of the retailers said the best time to avoid the rush is to bring items in shortly after they open their doors in the morning or during dinner time when shoppers are getting ready to head home.

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