Many unhappy returns: Shoppers flood back to stores day after Christmas

First, it was a frenzy of people at malls and shopping centers looking for holiday gifts.

Now, millions of shoppers are looking for post-Christmas deals and returning presents they may not have wanted.

The National Retail Federations says the day after Christmas is one of the top five shopping days of the year.

The U.S Postal Service, FedEx and UPS are expected to be swamped with returns too.

UPS says it expects to handle two million packages headed back to stores during the first week of January.

The biggest day for returns by mail is January 3rd.

4 comments

  • Stacy

    I think that people should be thankful for what they get and besides getting something that does not fit or such. I do not get gift reiciepts and I do not return gifts. I feel people give to be a blessing not for them to return it because it is not exactly what they wanted.

    • Pradyot Rai

      Stacy, you have a heart of Gold, but this story suggests that there a big problem in how we gift, and receive gifts. This data suggests that problem is that there's no way for the gifter to find out what the other party wants… or that they are just doing it out of obligation as last minute thing. That's the problem, I am trying to solve.

      Gift giving has been studied for so many years by Anthropologists and Psychologist, that suggests that both parties, giver and receivers, are much more satisfied when the gift meets the needs/wants. In all other cases, it is unnecessary, unthoughtful and waste.

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