MONEY MORAL DILEMMA. Should Kate return a sale frock with a full price receipt?

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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Money Saving Polls
Here's this week's hypothetical situation for you to cogitate on:
Should Kate return a sale frock with a full price receipt?

Kate buys a new £50 party dress for a party at her boyfriend Will’s country house. She wears it, has a good time and spills some champagne down it. A week later, she’s back in the shop and (quelle horreur!) the same frock’s on the sale rail, reduced to just £25. Then it strikes her the receipt’s still in her handbag. Should Kate buy the dress again in the sale and return the new (unworn) one with the full-price receipt, to sneakily get £25 back? (It’s within the store’s 14 day return period).

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  • Id take it back as long as I hadnt worn it
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  • heatherbelle_3heatherbelle_3 Forumite
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    I'd never thought to do it but I'd consider it now!

    I usually see the item in the sale and I'm gutted it is cheaper as I love a bargin but tbh I'll have got it ages before the sale anyway so it would be outwith the 14 days and by that time I will have got enough wear out of the item to warrant the higher price
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  • :rotfl:
    I'd never thought to do it but I'd consider it now!

    I usually see the item in the sale and I'm gutted it is cheaper as I love a bargin but tbh I'll have got it ages before the sale anyway so it would be outwith the 14 days and by that time I will have got enough wear out of the item to warrant the higher price
    A lot of stores put a permanent marker dot (red for next) or snip in the neck label / washing instruction label to indicate sale stock - a lot of shops have thought of this... not enough of the forum staff have had cr&p retail jobs...:rotfl:
  • I do this all the time :D

    barnaby-bear: Next online sale items don't have red dots ;)
    :p Proud to be a MoneySaver! :p
  • Absolutely she should return the full-price dress after having bought it in the sale!!

    The store would have already earmarked this stock item as a sale item some time before she purchased the dress at full price - stores need to get rid of 'old' stock so they have display space for 'new' stock - it's the name of the 'fashion' game!

    Even at sale price the retailer will still be making a margin, however small.

    I wouldn't hesitate!
  • Too Right. Last Christmas I was given a suit and the receipt... just in case it was not right. In the sale after the same suit was 1/2 price, yes I rushed in and purchased the new one. Then a few days later returned the present and took the 'Gift Card' with thanks! If I remember rightly I used it for some trousers and couple of shirts and ties.
    Happy Days. :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
  • jilldesjilldes Forumite
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    Definitely!!

    I did this with a leather suite from Argos and saved over £200. This was about 3 years ago.
  • defo, i like a bargain....
  • Of course! I've done it many times...but all all clothes returned have been unworn... I see doing this as being more savvy than sneaky!
  • IdiophreakIdiophreak Forumite
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    Have to say, I'm a little surprised I'm the only one who wouldn't do it...These things happen, that's life...sometimes you lose on these things, sometimes you gain...I don't think it's as straightforward "stealing" as a lot of these things are branded, especially if the dress hasn't been worn (that's not really clear in the OP) - but still don't think it sits well with me...
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