Home Depot - Paint not kept in stock.

Home Depot - Harassed by a vendor

Home Depot Return Policy.

There’s nothing like a trip to the local home improvement store to really get your blood boiling. You wouldn’t think there would be so many issues when you go to buy paint or lumber, but somehow there are always issues – and many of them tend to be a miscommunication or accident. Regardless, there are plenty of chances to get your blood boiling in a short amount of time.

Take the Wrong Basket

It’s easy to do – you park your basket next to someone else’s and then walk away with the wrong basket when you move on down the aisle. Usually, this is a mild irritation for you and the person who was left with your real basket, but it’s easy to solve. You bring the cart back, apologize and everyone goes on their way.

The only time this doesn’t work is when you don’t take another customer’s basket. If you goof and take a basket filled with new merchandise from an employee vendor, things may not go quite so smoothly. This happened to one man who was practically chased from the store as the vendor whose basket he accidentally started to take chased him calling him a thief all the way through the parking lot.

Don’t Get Enough Paint

Sometimes you need two gallons of paint. But you don’t realize it until you get home and use up the first gallon. You’re more than halfway through your painting job and you don’t have enough paint to finish the job.

Off to the hardware store you go to buy more!

But when you get there, nobody seems to appreciate that you’re in a bit of a hurry. You have to wait almost twenty minutes for your turn to catch the employee’s eye. When you do finally order your paint, the employee hums and hahs for a while before letting you know that they are currently sold out of that kind of paint and you’ll have to come back later in the week to get what you need.

There’s nothing like a half-finished paint job to really get under your skin.

Forget Your Receipt

You need your receipt in almost every store today if you hope to return items without a hassle. Of course, some stores will accept a few items without a receipt, but all you’ll get is a store credit. It’s important to note that the store isn’t under any obligation to take your return without a receipt. That’s usually printed on their return policy, but sometimes you lose your receipt and you have to hope for the best.

When you head into the store with hundreds of dollars in merchandise, you shouldn’t be shocked if the company decides that you’ve returned too many things. It’s one thing to return a few things once or twice per year, but bringing back dozens of items every month or two without a receipt is enough to get you flagged in the system.

There is such a thing as too much of a good thing, and that includes returns. Return too much and you won’t be allowed to return anything again – at least not without your receipt.