“No Refunds”? This Thrifty Yankee Says Otherwise!

Have you noticed that since Covid hit many businesses are implementing a “no returns/refund” policy? A local grocer that’s part of a major international chain implemented a no returns and no refund policy for their curbside pickup service “due to CDC guidelines.” What? Just stop. The CDC never said nor do they have the authority to tell a business they can’t process a refund if you receive rotten fruit or spoiled meat. Of course it shouldn’t be expected that you would return gross or dangerous food you’ve handled back to the store. No way would I give them my business unless it was the only option. Fortunately Whole Foods delivery has a fantastic refund policy. As an example this morning some of my eggs were broken. Instant refund.

There are times when it’s unreasonable to expect a refund such as for vintage items purchased online or at yard sales. You can’t blame a seller for the 8 track they just sold you getting eaten by your 8 track player. 

This post is about the thousands of masks in the online marketplace that explicitly state a no-returns or refund policy. I challenged that policy when Wayne received a defective mask. Here’s what happened.

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Making Peace With February

Is that Godzilla punching my roof as I type this post? Kind of, only its name is February. It’s the occasional sound of things expanding and contracting when it’s in the single digits or below. It also means my house is nice and toasty inside. We had an ice storm on Friday, and while they can be extremely destructive, like cutting power for days or weeks, and most recently lifting me in the air before smacking me on my behind (I’m getting PT now, recovery is up and down but happening), it can also be beautiful. I snapped the photo above yesterday afternoon. I love how the sunshine makes the icy branches gleam brightly as if I’m living in an enchanted fairyland.

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I Won Tickets To See Chicago in Portland!

Wayne and I scored free tickets to see Chicago perform in Portland this June! It will be the third time I’m seeing them in Maine. I want to thank DJ Mike Dow for the tickets we won, whom I originally met at my first Chicago concert in Bangor. It was such a special time for me that I want to share it with you here! The photo above is from when I saw them a few years ago in Portland.

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Record Store Day: Graham Nash at Bull Moose in Scarborough, Maine!

 Graham Nash with a Moxie, Maine’s official soft drink.
(Originally published 4/17/2016 on my old blog, Outdated By Design.) I love Graham Nash, and was thrilled that he came to my town to kick off Record Store Day yesterday! He just dropped a new album, This Path Tonight, and was there to sign copies. I knew the line would be very long so I got there at 11:00 a.m. for his 1:00 p.m. arrival. Fortunately I’m a skilled line-waiter from my years of waiting for estate sales to open, but even so, things can get boring unless you have fun people in line with you.

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Graham Nash: This Path Tonight Tour 2016, State Theatre, Portland, ME

(Originally published 10/13/2016 on my old blog, Outdated By Design.) The stage at State Theatre, a beautiful historic venue. (Those aren’t real candles. I have the same ones in my home office. Fire-safe fakery is actually awesome.)

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