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Prime Numbers: Happy Returns

Here are a few numbers that show how returns affect the jewelry industry as a whole.

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Compared to online retailers, some of whom see as much as half of everything they sell come back, brick-and-mortar stores have it pretty easy when it comes to returns, even more so jewelers, who have some of the lowest return rates of any retail category. Still, unless you have a watertight no-return policy, they are sure to be a part of your business life. Here are a few numbers that show how they affect the industry as a whole.

Sources: INSTORE Big Surveys, INSTORE Brain Squad, National Retail Federation, LoyaltyOne

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