Target plans to broaden its return policy

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Megan Shore rings up a customer's merchandise at a Chicago Target store in October 2013.
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Target is planning to relax its return policy in a big way.

The Twin Cities-based retailer says it will now give customers a year to return any Target-branded food, clothing, household or other product — that's about 70,000 different items.

In addition, people who have received Target gifts through wedding, baby and college registries will have a year to seek a refund or exchange for most new, unopened items.

"That's going to apply to everything on your registry," said Target spokesperson Erika Winkels. "If it's a brand that's is not one of our own brands, if it's under that registry, that will also get that one-year return policy."

There are some exceptions — electronics and some other items are excluded from the policy — and receipts are required. But Target can look up lost receipts for purchases made with credit and debit cards. REDcard users will continue to get an extra 30 days to make returns.

Before the announcement, Target had a 90-day return policy for most customers.

Target brands, which are covered in the new policy, include: Archer Farms, AVA & VIV, Boots & Barkley, C9 Champion, Chefmate, Cherokee, Circo, Durabuilt, Embark, Fieldcrest, Gilligan & O'Malley, Kid Made Modern, Liz Lange, Merona, Mossimo, Mossimo Supply Co., Nate Berkus, ProSpirit, Pure Energy, Room Essentials, Shaun White, Simply Balanced, Smith & Hawken, Sonia Kashuk, Spritz, Sutton & Dodge, Threshold, up & up, Wine Cube, Xhilaration and Yoobi.

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