Netizens Explain How Customers Are Abusing Costco’s Generous Return Policy

Netizens Explain How Customers Are Abusing Costco’s Generous Return Policy
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Warehouse giant Costco is known for its amazing wholesale deals and it has a return policy that is often a topic of discussion on social media platforms. In a Reddit thread, a consumer enquired about a set of frying pans that they wanted to return. "Hello, I want to do my first return today and was wondering if you guys can help me with a quick question," the shopper wrote.

"I have a Kirkland frying pan that I bought in a 3-piece set. The one large pan is warped. Can I return the one pan or do I need to return all 3? Do I need the box?" "The other 2 pans are perfect," they added.

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Reddit | NarrowMusic9044
Reddit | NarrowMusic9044

Many took to the post to talk about the warehouse giant's return policy. One of the top comments read, "You will need to return the whole set; they cannot do a partial refund." However, some users were simply not so sanguine. As per many users, Costco's return policy is so generous that it might be possible for them to accept just the warped pan instead of the whole set. One user even talked about the time they witnessed their neighbor take a full refund for a mattress that they returned after two years of usage. 

Similar-Reason-5200 | Reddit
Similar-Reason-5200 | Reddit

"You can return anything to Costco," the member argued. "Even after they have been purchased after a year. My neighbor returned a mattress after 2 years of use and was refunded." The user mentioned how it was extremely surprising that the company accepted the return without any questions. According to the return policy on their official site, the company writes, "We guarantee your satisfaction on every product we sell with a full refund." As per the policy, electronic items are the only SKU that has a given deadline for accepted returns. 

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TikTok | @voiage_beauty
TikTok | @voiage_beauty

Many feel that the policy is way too lenient. Another Reddit thread post called out a shopper who returned a partially eaten watermelon. They said that this was essentially theft and that many people are starting to abuse Costco's commitment to customers. "Costco, I love you but you’ve got to do something about the abuse of your return policy," they wrote. "Just saw a woman return 1/6 of a watermelon…just the rind… among other things." "Can’t help but feel customers end up paying for this abuse," they added. "It’s nice you stand by your products but this is just theft."

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People have always been divided when it comes to Costco's "way too generous" return policies. In another TikTok video, @voiage_beauty writes, "I just watched this woman’s video and she was going on about how she was so nervous to take back the couch that she bought at Costco." The story of this couch is pretty similar to the used mattress. The couch that was bought over two and a half years back was accepted by Costco.

In the video, the poster calls out this person and says, "I don’t know who can sit with themselves and think that that’s an OK thing to do." While the stories of people abusing the policy are pretty common, according to the Motley Fool, one always runs the risk of getting their Costco membership revoked if they exploit the service. For more content, follow @voiage_beauty on TikTok.

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