The Ins and Outs of the Sears Return Policy

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Untangling the Sears Return Policy

Sears is one of the largest retailers in the USA, with products ranging from electronics and furniture to grills. Despite having so much to choose from, the item you got may not have met your expectations.

We have deciphered the Sears return policy, and we’ll provide you with spot-on instructions on how to return products to Sears, minus the headache! If you don’t feel like going through the trouble yourself, you can and let us get you a refund or an exchange in under five minutes!

The Standard Sears Return Policy

Given the extensive amount of products Sears sells, the company return policy is a bit complicated. Sears has product-specific return policies for a lot of its items, but most of them can be returned within 30 days of the purchase date. If you’re a member of the Shop Your Way program, you can return items within 45 days.

The items you wish to return have to be in their original packaging, with all parts and instruction manuals included and in new condition. You will also need to provide your receipt to make a return.

While most of the products are subject to the standard 30-day return policy, the following exceptions apply:

Product TypeReturn Policy
Delivered and indoor upholstery furnitureSeven-day return window
Automotive productsNon-returnable
Postpaid cell phones
  • 14-day return window
  • Early termination fees may apply
Valentine, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas itemsNon-returnable
Custom or personalized itemsNon-returnable
Gift cardsNon-returnable
Opened music, movies, software, video games, and collectibles
  • Non-returnable
  • If defective, your item can be exchanged for an identical one
Prescription drugsNon-returnable
Standby generatorsNon-returnable
Mattresses and foundations
  • 180-day return window or a year for Sears Best Stuff items with a 30-day adjustment period
  • All mattresses must be in use for 30 nights before qualifying for a return
Headboards and footboards30-day return window
Adjustable foundations and basesNon-returnable

Sears Outlet Return Policy and Sears Parts Direct Return Policy

Sears Outlet and Sears Parts Direct have different return policies. While Sears Outlet items can only be returned to the outlet stores, you can both return Sears Parts Direct to a Sears store or mail them back to the company’s warehouse.

Sears Return Fees

Note that delivery, labor, and installation fees are non-refundable. Additional charges regarding your return might apply as follows:

  • A 15% cancellation fee for every Special Order Item canceled more than one day after purchase and prior to delivery
  • A 15% restocking fee for:
    • Mattresses
    • Foundations
    • Assembled or upholstery indoor furniture
    • Water heaters
    • Built-in home appliances
    • Opened consumer electronics
    • Patio furniture
    • Gazebos
    • Canopies
    • Pergolas
    • Air conditioners
    • Dehumidifiers
    • Space heaters
    • Grills
  • A pick-up fee for the transportation of the returnable item

Returning Sears Items

Depending on where you bought your product from, there are many ways you can return it to Sears:

Purchase MethodAvailable Return Options
Items bought online, by phone, or in store
  • Ship them back
  • Return them to any Sears store
Products mailed to you
  • Ship them back using your own shipping label or a pre-printed return label
  • Return them to any open Sears location
Items delivered to you
  • Schedule a pick-up
  • Bring them to a store near you
Items sold by Kmart
  • Ship them to Kmart’s warehouse
  • Return them to any Kmart store
Products sold by a Marketplace sellerMail the return directly to the Marketplace seller

How To Return Sears Items Bought Online, in a Store, or by Phone

The easiest way to return items is by visiting the nearest store. All you have to do is bring your original receipt or a packing slip and ask an employee to process your return.

If you want to avoid a trip to a Sears location, you can always ship the products back. All you have to do is:

  1. Start your return by filling out a short Return Form
  2. Enter your email address and order number if you purchased the items online, or input your phone number and order confirmation number if you made an order over the phone
  3. Click on Continue and follow the instruction provided by Sears

Returning Sears Merchandise That Was Mailed to You

If you are unsatisfied with certain Sears items that you had mailed to your home address and now you want to return them to a store, don’t forget to bring your:

  • Online return form
  • Receipt
  • Order confirmation email or packing slip
  • Original form of payment—i.e., your credit or debit card

When shipping the items back, you can use a pre-printed return label or your own shipping label.

You can use your own shipping label for the return, but be sure to use a trackable service.

To send the parcel back, you have to:

  1. Enclose the packing slip you received with your purchase
  2. Select the items you wish to return, set the proper quantity, and indicate the return reason
  3. Pack the items, preferably using the original box
  4. Ship the parcel to the return shipping address found on the packing slip

Returning Sears Items That Were Delivered to You

Large and oversized items—such as home appliances or mattresses—are usually delivered to your home. While you can bring them to a Sears store if they’re in their original packaging, it’s better to schedule a pick-up and have the Sears team take care of everything.

You can contact Sears customer service to arrange a pick-up at 1 (800) 697-3277.

Sears Marketplace Return Policy

Products on Sears Marketplace are sold by third-party merchants, so their return policies may vary. Check the seller’s return policy on their profile page. Most items sold by these merchants can be returned within 30 days of delivery if they’re in new condition.

The following terms and conditions apply to all Marketplace items:

  • Return requests have to be submitted within 30 days of delivery, except for refurbished Consumer Electronics products, which have a 14-day return time frame
  • The items you wish to return must be mailed or shipped in no more than 14 days after the return was authorized by the Marketplace seller
  • Holiday products must be sent back prior to the holiday to qualify for a return

All items are subject to this return policy, except:

  • Worn apparel or footwear with tags removed
  • Items damaged after delivery (you may be able to return them if the warranty is still valid)
  • Custom products, including jewelry
  • Standby generators
  • Sexual Wellness items
  • Holiday products bought after the holiday season
  • Opened electronics, music, movies, software, video games, and collectibles
  • Select items considered hazardous (batteries, flammable liquids, computer equipment, and similar)

All Sears Marketplace items must be returned directly to the Marketplace seller, not to Sears. Even if a certain item is marked non-returnable, don’t hesitate to request a return. The Marketplace seller may choose to take the product back and charge a restocking fee.

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With so many different products and various product-specific return policies, Sears returns can become a nightmare. If you don’t want to waste your time or effort on making sense of the Sears return policy, we have your back!

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  1. Navigate to our Item Return Request product
  2. Answer several purchase-related questions
  3. Click on Submit

Within minutes, our AI-powered app will draft and send a customized return request letter to Sears. We will notify the company about your decision to return or exchange an item, and we’ll include a deadline to ensure your request gets processed promptly. DoNotPay will also provide a free return shipping label!

DoNotPay is always on the customer’s side. We’re here to help you return items to other popular retailers, such as:

Guitar CenterPetcoL.L.Bean
Office DepotAmerican EagleTillys’
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