International shipping company FedEx recently released a survey that showed that nearly a third of all Americans are going to be going back and returning at least one gift this year that they purchased or received from an online retailer. One of the worst things about returning a gift like this is facing lines at the post office but, in most cases, there’s no need to do that. Below are a number of great tips that will help you to avoid this yearly holiday hassle. Enjoy.
Tip 1: Use prepaid return labels.
One of the easiest ways to get a prepaid return label is simply to go online to the website of the merchant where you purchased the gift. The majority of them offer prepaid labels that you can print at home. What you do you can simply pick up the phone and call FedEx or UPS to schedule a pickup.
Tip 2: The post office is usually cheaper.
If you’ve purchased something from a retailer that doesn’t offer free return shipping the United States post office is more often than not cheaper than FedEx or UPS. While you might think that this involves going to the post office once again, it actually doesn’t. In most cases you can leave the box outside your door for your mail carrier or you can actually go online to their website and schedule a pickup.
Of course you need to know how much it’s going to cost and have postage ready. Buying stamps online is a way around this or, if you have your own printer, you can print postage at home using the USPS website.
Tip 3: Knowing how much postage you need.
The USPS website has tools that can make it easy to figure out how much your postage will be but you’ll need to measure your box and also know the exact weight. Using a bathroom scale to do this is very simple if it’s a larger item but for smaller ones you might need to find and purchase a postage scale.
Tip 4: What to do if you don’t have a scale.
If you The original box that your item was shipped in the weight will be shown right on the box and, unless it’s somehow changed, should be exactly the same to ship back. If that’s not possible then the USPS has a flat rate box that you can purchase and, as their motto goes, “if it fits it ships”. Even better, you can order these flat rate boxes online and they’ll deliver them to you for free.
If you simply can’t avoid going to the post office the best day of the week is usually Tuesday and sometimes Wednesday, both in the morning. Showing up about an hour after they open is probably your best bet and will probably afford you the shortest lines and waiting times. Best of luck and remember to be patient and courteous with the people at the post office because they are working overtime during this crazy holiday season.