questionswho takes advantage of walmart's no receipt…

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No, I never have taken advantage of their no receipt return policy, and as much as I dislike Walmart I likely would not. It's just another form of stealing in my mind, even if they are getting product from that person. It throws their inventory off, because all of a sudden items that shouldn't exist do, and it creates problems all around.

Every action has a consequence. Even if the results are not immediate nor aimed directly at the person doing the returns, when the policy changes and/or the prices go up, it's likely that person is partly to blame, and the others like them.

A few bad grapes spoil the bunch.

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Isn't the no receipt return policy that you receive the current sale price of the item? Without a receipt, you run the risk of returning the item and receiving less than what was originally paid.

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@tiamat114: That's a really good way to look at it. I actually wasn't planning on doing anything with this, but now I definitely won't. It was more a matter of curiosity.

@lavikinga: That's certainly possible, but probably not all that likely. Especially with some planning.

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i've read comments of people mentioning a similar scheme for xbox kinects, where you get it for cheaper and sell it to gamestop or other stores for more than what you paid. the only reason it would work is if you get a really good deal, and gamestop is still giving a high amount for used condition kinects

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Fraud is illegal, period - not moderately illegal

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@theoneill555: Pardon my understatement. Thank you for clarifying.

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@trahentis: Sorry, my grandma raised me and even thinking of illegal activity deserved a smack.

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@theoneill555: I was sincere in that one, sorry.
In the original post it was facetious.

@promyst: It's probably fraud in ALL the books.

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Buying an item one place and then returning it to another for more cash? Nope, that's a great way to hurt lots of people, from the consumer to the employee and so on. That being said, I have taken advantage of the policy to return gift items that I already had or didn't want. While I don't know where the item was purchased, and it probably wasn't Wal-Mart, I don't feel bad about that, because the intent isn't to defraud Wal-Mart, it is to exchange an unwanted item for a desired one.

@w00tgurl: That sounds fine to me, as long as it is a trade-in / sale to Gamestop and not a return. If anything, that's a pretty clever way to make some money. It isn't claiming that you purchased the item from them, so it isn't fraudulent.

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@apfrehm: Actually, if you don't know where it came from, it's not fraud. Intentional deceit is part of it. So legally, you're in the clear!

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@trahentis: Not that I am calling you a fraud :) I guess my comment could come off as rude and if it did, that wasn't my intention

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@promyst: Oh, I certainly hope not! That's not at all how I took it, and my response was restating that the plan listed above is, in fact, fraudulent by any definition. Just a rather bizarre and circumspect way of phrasing it. It's something I do. It makes less sense over the interwebs.

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No "moderately illegal" about it. You are committing a crime if you do this.

You're also being an asshat, since this is the type of activity that makes stores change their return policies and hassles their honest customers.

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It is common as heck for people to do this. Some people are such jerks about it they don't even bother taking the Fredmeyer sticker off.

I mean, I understand that people are gonna do this. Buy low sell high is the basic rule of economics; but could you at least take the stickers off first.

You have no idea how frustrating it is to have to peel this nonsense off before putting it on the shelf.

Also if you are actually doing this 3 times in a rolling 45 day period don't be surprised if the store manager kindly informs you that you are no longer welcome in his store.

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I work at Wal-Mart...happens all the time...sad to say