Is a store or business required to accept a return if I have a receipt?

Under Maryland law, stores must post their return policies on the wall, on the merchandise, or on your receipt.

A store can refuse to accept returned merchandise if that is their posted policy.

If the policy isn’t posted, the store must accept returned merchandise within a reasonable time period.

Of course, the store may accept a return even if it is not required to do so. That’s why it is always a good idea to ask to return a product you no longer want.

If an item is defective, the store must repair it, replace it or give you a refund, regardless of its regular refund policy.

If a store violates these rules, one option is to file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division – either online or by filling out and mailing a consumer complaint form. There are two types of complaints. You can file a complaint in order to request that the Division mediate a problem between you and the business, or file a complaint just for the record. The Consumer Protection Division has a hotline which can be reached 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at (410) 528-8662 or 1-888-743-0023.

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**These questions and answers are designed to provide helpful information that can be read quickly. They are neither a full explanation of the subject nor legal advice. To learn more, and to receive legal advice on which you can rely, contact me or another lawyer.

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