After Super Bowl, a Rash of Returns
In a development that has happened to some degree every year, several customers have reportedly returned new TVs, purchased prior to the Super Bowl, as soon as the game is over.
In what New Jersey’s Courier Post newspaper calls “the retail equivalent of poor sportsmanship,” both Best Buy and Circuit City allows returns of TVs within 30 days of the Super Bowl. It’s a practice called “wardrobing,” which the National Retail Federation frowns upon, calling it “fraud.”
According to NRF statistics, 66 percent of retailers reported falling victim to wardrobers, although no statistics were released as to how many TVs were returned after the Bowl.