As much as I hate to say it every business needs a return policy that clearly outlines how to process a return or product exchange in order to receive a store credit, cash refund, credit card refund or check refund. Many states require having a posted return policy that clearly outlines everything that I just mentioned.
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Some of you might be wondering why I would hate to say it, I hate to say it because I would just prefer it if everyone would just be honest and straight up, doing so would make all the little extra “Policies and Procedures” nothing more than a thought. All of that sounds great but the sad reality is that in business not everyone is honest and those folks that aren’t honest really create some extra work for everyone, actually I would be a perfect example because instead of being at a family bbq I am here writing a return policy.
Before I set out on this venture I searched for “Writing a Return Policy” on Bing to see if I would be able to find anything that might help me with going in a basic yet effective direction with the return policy for Extreme Tan and Smoothies. I ended up on About.com in the Retailing section which looks like it has some excellent information, especially if your looking to get that information quickly without all of the extra fluff.
I completed the Return Policy in a a couple of short hours and looked at a few additional articles in regards to writing return policies and it’s important to keep in mind that most retail stores return policy is a little bit different. There were three factors that were really important to me as I started to write the details of our returns policy, something that is very different for every business and it’s probably important to realize that the return policy example below is based on our retail business.
Three Important Factors in Writing a Return Policy:
- Customer service – do not make our return policy impossible
- Protect the Business – do what is best for the longevity of the business
- Simplicity – keep it simple for the customers and staff
Now that you have an idea of what my three main things were as I sat down to write the Extreme Tan and Smoothies Return Policy I guess it’s safe for me to post an example of the return policy that I felt would be best for our business. As you may or may not know we own six indoor tanning salons and have anywhere from 30-55 associates at any given time, it was extremely important for us to write a return policy for tanning salons and keep it focused towards taking care of indoor tanning clients and educating indoor tanning staff members.
Tanning salon business owners feel free to copy the below tanning salon return policy for your own indoor tanning salons, please remember to replace Extreme Tan and Smoothies, Inc. with your own tanning salon business. It might also be a good idea to review the policy and make sure that it makes sense for your tanning business.
Extreme Tan and Smoothies, Inc. Return Policy
If for any reason you are not satisfied with a product you purchased you can return it within 7 days of the original purchase date, you must have a valid receipt dated within 7 days or less from the original purchase date.
Please see “Tanning Lotion and Moisturizer Returns” and “Tanning and Spray Tanning Package Returns” for additional information on those specific return policies.
Tanning Lotion and Moisturizer Returns
If for any reason you are not satisfied with a tanning lotion, sunless product or moisturizer you purchased you can return it within 7 days of the original purchase date, you must have a valid receipt dated within 7 days or less from the original purchase date. Tanning lotion will only be exchanged for a replacement tanning lotion; customer is responsible for paying any difference in value between the exchanged lotions. Any difference owed by Extreme Tan and Smoothies, Inc. will be issued in the form of a Store Credit.
Tanning and Spray Tanning Package Returns
Unused tanning packages can be returned for a full refund within 31 days of the original purchase date. You must have a valid receipt dated within 31 days or less from the original purchase date in order to receive a refund, exchange or store credit.
Cash refunds will only be given with a valid receipt showing the original form of payment for purchase as cash.
Credit Card Refunds
All credit card purchases will be refunded back to the original credit card that merchandise or tanning packages were purchased on. In the event there is no receipt showing credit card used or credit card is not available, Extreme Tan and Smoothies will issue a store credit in the form of a Gift Card.
All check purchases will be refunded 14 days after the original check has cleared; check refunds will be done in the form of a mail check from our Corporate Office.
Store credits are issued in the form of an Extreme Tan and Smoothies Gift Card, which can be used at any of the existing Extreme Tan and Smoothies, Inc. locations.
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