Now begin the returns

Published 7:30 pm Wednesday, December 26, 2018

By Gabrielle Terrett

The Vicksburg Post

The Christmas holiday is all about giving and sometimes giving back.

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On Wednesday, big box stores in Vicksburg were on the receiving end of the giving back crowd.

In Walmart, a group of people crowded the customer service line to return gifts that maybe did not fit, were the wrong color or they just couldn’t use the items.

“Today I am returning a candy machine,” said Robin Knosser, a customer at Walmart. “I just don’t need it.”

Among the returns were also duplicated gifts.

“I’m just returning an iron today,” said Joyce Barnes, a Walmart customer. “Someone had gotten me one already.”

Though many returns were being made the day after Christmas, some stores saw regular sales and returns.

A management employee at Dillard’s said the store saw no change in the amount of returns and sales have been the same as any other day.

In Belk department store, a manager said it was a typical day, but with more exchanges than usual.

“What we’re having now is more exchanges than returns,” the Belk manager said. “I’ve seen a lot of the cold weather items that people have ordered online. So most of what we have is online purchases being exchanged or returned and not things that they’ve purchased in the store.

“Maybe they purchased an item online and it didn’t fit and they bring those items back. Other than that we’ve seen quite a bit of sales. We’ve had a lot more sales today than returns.”

Regardless of whether people gave or received, many had the task of giving back to stores the day after Christmas and braced the different stores to do just that.

As the season comes to an end, it is important to remember that it is not always the gift that counts but simply the thought.