'Tis The Season For Returns | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

'Tis The Season For Returns

Play associated audio

You know that sweater you got? The really amazingly terrible one from Mom that you're driving right now to return? Retailers know you're coming.

"For the two weeks after Christmas at least, we're still staffing as if it's Christmastime, just to handle all those last minute returns and exchanges," says John Maguire, who works at the video game store Gamestop.

Maguire says 10 to 20 percent of gifts get returned, which matches pretty well with national figures.

But Juanita Johnson, taking a break on a bench at White Flint Mall, is one mother who was determined to get it right.

"...I ask ahead of time what sizes they wear, what's your favorite color because I know I don't like to return things," Johnson says.

Johnson's son, Morgan Scott, agrees.

"I don't return the gifts I receive, I just might use or wear them," he says.

According to the National Retail Federation, 66 percent of shoppers are getting gift receipts this year.

NPR

'Passages' Author Reflects On Her Own Life Journey

Gail Sheehy is famous for her in-depth profiles of influential people, as well as her 1976 book on common adult life crises. Now she turns her eye inward, in her new memoir Daring: My Passages.
NPR

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
NPR

Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go To The Border To Court Voters

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and the GOP's survival may depend on recruiting Hispanic supporters.
NPR

In San Diego, A Bootcamp For Data Junkies

Natasha Balac runs a two-day boot camp out of the San Diego Supercomputer Center for people from all types of industries to learn the tools and algorithms to help them analyze data and spot patterns in their work.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.