Downtown Portland Christmas Event Guide & Black Friday Shopping In PortlandÂ
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Here's a winter holiday event guide of activities around Pioneer Square and downtown Portland this holiday.
Or if you're ready to brave the crowds right after Thanksgiving or even
if you go on-line for your shopping, you might want to know who has a
good return policy and who doesn't. There was a recent post from Consumer Reports
showing who is "naughty and who is nice".Nice:1 Southwest.
Two pieces of checked luggage, no charge. And that includes bulky freight such as golf clubs and skis.2 L.L.Bean.
100 percent product satisfaction guarantee. Return anything at any time for any reason.3 Zappos.com.
Free shipping and free returns, including prepaid return label.4 Costco.
Open-ended return policy for virtually everything the
warehouse retailer sells minus some home electronics, which come with a
still-generous 90-day return period.5 U.S. Cellular.
While the FCC is proposing that cell carriers
alert consumers who are about to exceed their plansâ€™ monthly minutes
allotment, which could lead to significant overage charges, this
company is already practicing due diligence and giving its customers a
heads up.6 Orvis.
For customer service the old-fashioned way, shoppers
can call a toll-free number and speak to a human being without wading
through an arcane automated menu system. Alternatively, Orvis offers
live-chat with support staff, e-mail queries, and a guaranteed response
time of two hours or less.7 Hotels.com.
The travel website never charges a fee to cancel
or change a room booking. But itâ€™s still imperative to check the
hotelâ€™s specific reservation policy to avoid any penalty imposed by the
The electronics superstore and e-retailer has a
straightforward price-match policy without the many caveats and
fine-print exclusions of some other merchants: Find it at a lower price
at an authorized seller (the exception being a warehouse membership
club) and â€œwe will do everything possible to meet or beat that priceâ€
via a special telephone hotline. J&R also gives customers 30 days to
ask for a price adjustment on existing orders if they unearth a lower
receipt, no problem. Customers can return most items to a Walmart
store for a cash refund (for purchases under $25), a gift card (for
purchases over $25), or even exchange. Thereâ€™s one catch: More than
three such returns within 45 days requires a managerâ€™s approval.10 Publix
. Itâ€™s no fun being sick, but if you need an
antibiotic, the Florida-based supermarket chain will have its
pharmacies dispense up to a 14-day supply for some of the most common
generic ones free. All you need is a proper prescription.Naughty:1 Buy.com.
No returns for â€œoversizeâ€ TV sets, defined as any
model 27 inches or larger. If you fail to inspect set upon delivery and
sign shipperâ€™s release, Buy.com says itâ€™s your problem and go deal
with the manufacturer. Its website also lacks a phone number for
customer contact.2 CompUSA.
For imposing unusually punitive restocking fees of
â€œup to 25 percentâ€ of the purchase price on any product the retailer
decides doesnâ€™t meet its return criteria. Nowhere is it spelled out
which specific products are subject to such a fee.3 Best Buy.
Offers a 14-day grace period to return computers, monitors, camcorders, and digital cameras.4 Spirit Airlines.
The carrier, which pioneered â€œancillaryâ€ fees
among domestic airlines, charges for carry-on bags: $30 in advance,
$45 at the gate.5 Verizon Wireless.
Doubled to $350 the Early Termination Fee
imposed on consumers who cancel their smart-phone contract after the
30-day grace period. Mercifully, Verizon kept the penalty at $175 for
consumers with conventional cell phones.6 Dollar car rental.
Itâ€™s bad enough that companies force you to
pay for gas you never use if you choose not to refuel the vehicle
yourself. But Dollar is even more penny pinching by demanding customers
present a receipt to prove that they filled up the tank within 10
miles of the drop-off location or face a fee to top off the tank and
the labor required to do so.7 SanDisk.
If mail-in rebates werenâ€™t enough of a headache,
SanDisk, which frequently dangles promotional offers for its memory
cards, is a big fan of mail-in rebates which are issued in the form of a
gift card. Whatâ€™s wrong with an instant rebate at the register, a
practice that the rival company Lexar began based on customer feedback?8 Macyâ€™s.
Proving that high shipping fees are not necessarily a
thing of the past, the department store chain calculates its freight
charges on the dollar amount of the order, not the size and weight of
the package. The base fee is $5.95 for orders under $25, to as much as
$23.95 for those $300 or more. And thatâ€™s standard delivery.9 United Airlines.
No one wants to overpay on airfare, but you
never really know whether youâ€™re getting a rock-bottom price. As peace
of mind, United offers customers a low-price guarantee. Find a lower
fare on the companyâ€™s website for the same itinerary you already booked
and not only will United give you the lower fare, but also a voucher
good for 20 percent off your next purchase. But hold on. If you have a
nonrefundable ticketâ€”the type most people buyâ€”and find a cheaper
flight, United imposes a $150 â€œadministrativeâ€ fee to make the change.10 DirecTV.
The California-based satellite TV firm, which has
more than 18.7 million subscribers, has a policy that automatically
extends a customerâ€™s contract for another 24 months if any new
equipment is added. If that policy rubs you the wrong way and you want
to cancel your service, the penalty is an early termination fee.
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