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    Buying clothes from a store, just to return them?

    created by alexismae2 775 days 10 hours 44 minutes ago

    Category: World

    Buying clothes from a store, just to return them?

    Hi CNet Family!

    Recently, I was talking to a friend about her job interview coming up and she expressed to me that she was broke and can't really afford any new clothes for this upcoming interview. She said in the past, she has bought clothes from a department store, just to return them after the event she needed them for. At first she said that she felt wrong, but she kept doing it due to the fact she didn't have money. Now she is thinking about doing it again for this interview. Personally, I've never done it and I would feel guilty after it if I did.

    Do you think she is wrong? Is it wrong for people to buy clothes for a certain event, just to return them? Have you done it before? How did you feel?

    Have a good day everyone!

    Re: Buying clothes from a store, just to return them?

    Hey there!

    I haven't done this before, but in my opinion, this is one of those actions that is technically wrong... but is totally understandable and acceptable in the bigger picture. Huge companies won't be that affected by behaviors like this on a small scale, and as long as the person doesn't start to take advantage of this ability (i.e. buying, wearing, and returning clothes that weren't necessary in the first place), I wouldn't hold anything against the person. And at least its better than just stealing the clothes.

    The only problem I see is the possibility for the person to get used to doing this, and to stop feeling a tinge of guilt whenever they "borrow" the clothes. Becoming tolerant of this behavior could potentially lead to more harmful/criminal actions.

    Best of luck to your friend!

    Re: Buying clothes from a store, just to return them?

    I can totally see doing it one time if need be. I don't think I could all the time but to each their own right.

    Re: Buying clothes from a store, just to return them?

    Hey Alexis!

    I won't hold it against anyone if they have done it. In fact I know some people who have, but I do believe that this is wrong. Even if the clothing isn't visibly damaged, it isn't right to return used clothing to a store. Once it is returned, the store will put it back on the shelf, and someone else will end up paying full price for a used item. Although this isn't very bad in some circumstances, it can be extremely bad in others. The second person buying the item can end up being allergic to the peanut butter and jelly sandwich you had eaten with it on, your cat that had rubbed against it, or the laundry detergent you had used to wash it. It probably isn't very likely for this to happen, but there is still a chance.

    Overall, it isn't very bad to do something like this, but it still shouldn't be done. When people go to clothing stores they expect to be buying new items, not items that others have worn once or twice.

    Have a good day!


    Re: Buying clothes from a store, just to return them?


    Well, my mom worked in retail sales for almost her entire work life. She would tell me all the time to never do that. She said it was disrespectful to do something like that. I used to not care so much. Especially things like an easter dress. You literally only wear a dress that brightly colored for one day!

    I would never do that because (like you) I would feel so guilty. However, there was a time in my college career that money was so bad I was tempted!


    Re: Buying clothes from a store, just to return them?

    Hi Alexis,
    The idea of "borrowing" an outfit from a retailer, just to use it once and then return it, is odd to me. I suspect that it's got something to do with my habits and perspective. If you go to buy something, you expect to keep it afterwards. Granted, this isn't the first time I've heard of this behavior. I'm sure that it's been happening for a very long time and will continue to, assuming it's based on need, rather than simply "getting one over on the man."

    If you're in a tight spot and don't have clothes for an interview, or a hot date, etc. I can see giving this tactic a shot. It's a means to an end. I don't think it's generally a good idea, but that has more to do with personal preference than anything else. The store might eventually catch on and simply refuse to serve you...but other than that, what's the downside? Getting a reputation as being cheap?

    I'm with on you on the notion that this seems like odd behavior and that I wouldn't feel comfy doing it. I don't like the idea that I'm wearing something that someone else has used before, especially since I'm under the belief that I'm buying "new" clothing. Yet...if I were in their shoes...I'd do it in a heartbeat. Sometimes, you have no choice. For the moment though...I'll pass.


    Re: Buying clothes from a store, just to return them?

    Hello!!! This is interesting. Personally I could never do something like that because it just feels wrong.

    I do know of people who do this with expensive brands. They purchase a dress or some type of outfit from a designer brand only to return it by the next day or so after they have worn it. People do this a lot to attend special events or for special holidays.

    I think it is not fair to the retail store because once you return and item that has been worn, they cannot re-sell it and have to mark it as damaged and many stores dont let their employees buy the "damaged" item either - so it just gets tossed.

    Though the idea can seem interesting to try, especially to make ends meet, or to satisfy a last minute need , I dont think I could ever do this "/

    Great forum! ♥

    Re: Buying clothes from a store, just to return them?

    Hello Alexis,

    I don't think she's wrong for buying clothes then returning them. However I feel the same as you on feeling guilty because I just don't think I could do it. If I was preparing for a upcoming event and didn't have the proper clothes or money to purchase them I either wouldn't go to the event or I would try and borrow a outfit from someone in order to go. I would feel about myself by borrowing them from a friend versus returning them due to not feeling guilty in the end. On top of that I think my purchase through before buying so that I don't have to return the item later. The only other reason for me returning an item is because it was either too big or way too small. Good day.