Black Friday: Restocking fees and return policies from top retailers

a line outside of Best Buy
a line outside of Best Buy

Black Friday is known for deep discounts on big ticket items like computers and HDTVs as well as major home appliances. If you're considering buying a Black Friday laptop or appliance, make sure you know what restocking fees retailers charge in case your Black Friday deal turns out to be a dud.

Restocking fees are often targeted toward items consumers might buy, use for a few days, and then return. This means that laptops, cameras, GPS systems and other portable electronics often carry a restocking fee when returned after being opened. Many retailers will also place restocking fees on appliances like ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators as well as washers and dryers.