We use cookies to allow us and selected partners to improve your experience and our advertising. By continuing to browse you consent to our use of cookies. You can understand more and change your cookies preferences here.

Get help with returning faulty or unwanted goods

JOIN WHICH? LEGAL

 

Returning Goods

Refunds and returns

If you’ve bought goods from a high street shop but want to return them and get a refund, it can be difficult to know your consumer rights. Some shops may refuse refunds and returns, or offer just a credit note instead of a cash refund.

Under the Sale of Goods Act 1979[1] and the Consumer Rights Act 2015[2], goods bought on the high street have to be of satisfactory quality, fit for their purpose, as described and last for a reasonable amount of time. This applies to both sale and non-sale items.

If goods are faulty, then you could be entitled to claim a refund, replacement, repair or price reduction. If you simply change your mind about an item bought on the High Street, you have no legal right to return it. However, most High Street stores have a returns policy, although some may offer just a credit note or an exchange rather than a refund. 

Which? Legal can help

It’s a different story if the goods are faulty. Our team of specialist advisers can advise on your consumer rights when returning goods for a refund, repair or replacement. This includes guidance on:

  • Your consumer rights under the Sale of Goods Act 1979/Consumer Rights Act 2015
  • The timescales involved in returning faulty goods
  • Your rights on getting faulty goods replaced or repaired
  • What your consumer rights are if a retailer refuses to provide a refund, replacement, or repair
  • The steps you should take to prove a fault is not caused by ordinary wear and tear

 

Our Which? Legal team of specialist advisers can help you understand your consumer rights and achieve success in getting refunds and returns.

[1] Applies to contracts entered into prior to 1st October 2015

[2] Applies to contracts entered into on or after 1st October 2015

Why Which? Legal?

We're not on the clock. Our legal team will help you every step of the way, for a simple monthly fee.

Find out more