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Advice on Christmas gift

My aunt wants a bird feeder that is squirrel proof but ok for big birds (cardinals, etc).  She said she needs one but doesn't want to spend the money (hence a perfect Christmas gift).

So I went to a bird store and bought a feeder.. for $92.  The price was high but I just wanted to get my Xmas shopping out of the way.  Well I got home and the same feeder is $60 on Amazon (free shipping).

I like to support local business but that's crazy.  I have to return the feeder, but I know I will feel compelled to explain why I am returning it.. any suggestions as to what to say?  I was thinking I could say I found out there was a spending limit.. I dunno.. (I know I don't "owe" an explanation, I just want to be prepared when she likely asks if something is wrong with it or why I'm returning it).  Any suggestions?

Re: Advice on Christmas gift

  • I'd be honest.  If the clerk does ask why you are returning the feeder say something like, "Honestly, I'm watching my Christmas budget this year and I found the same product online for $30 less."  The company may decide to match the price you found online.
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  • I agree with telling the truth!  Maybe they will price match??
  • It is a tiny shop, not a chain, and the only person there is usually the owner (at least when I've been).  All the stuff is overpriced IMO, and it is a small specialty shop so I don't think they would price match. 
  • image ArcticFox:
    It is a tiny shop, not a chain, and the only person there is usually the owner (at least when I've been).  All the stuff is overpriced IMO, and it is a small specialty shop so I don't think they would price match. 

    Regardless....True gave good advice and I don't think your going to get anything better so just go in and say that or say nothing. Up to you.

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  • First, you don't owe an explanation at all. Second, I'd be honest as TwoTrue said.  Sure online vs. small business is a struggle for the local shops but $30 is a huge difference.
  • image GlenLakeLove:
    First, you don't owe an explanation at all. Second, I'd be honest as TwoTrue said.  Sure online vs. small business is a struggle for the local shops but $30 is a huge difference.

    I totally agree- if they don't price match, then nothing lost. At least this way they have the information/reason why you're returning it. I'm with you- I go out of my way to support local businesses too- and the information on the pricing discrepancy could help them make a decision about whether to continue carrying it, asking their supplier for a break,etc.

     

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  • Bring it back and tell them why you are returning it.  If they don't price match, it's their loss.  Then order it on Amazon.
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