Trail Mix: REI reduces return policy to one year

The Fresno BeeJune 5, 2013 

Outdoors retailer REI is changing its longtime policy that allowed customers to return all merchandise "no questions asked" for full refunds or store credit.

The new policy, which goes into effect Tuesday, limits returns of store-bought merchandise to one year after the purchase date. Outlet items bought on must be returned within 30 days.

Tim Spangler, REI's Senior Vice President of Retail, told the Seattle Times that the policy was changed after store officials noticed an increase in older items being returned.

"We've always taken back products more than a year old, but to see that growing disproportionately caused us to ask some questions," Spangler told the paper. "What we found is that small group of folks who are probably extending the policy beyond its intent, is getting bigger."

REI operates more than 100 retail stores nationwide, including one in Fresno at 7810 N. Blackstone Ave.




Youth Fishing Derby

When: Saturday

Where: Shaver Lake

Contests for most fish, biggest fish, first fish and even smallest fish should entice youths 15 and younger at this 18th annual event sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, Southern California Edison, Educational Employees Credit Union and Central Sierra Anglers. Prizes include fishing tackle, clothing, toys, free boat rentals and a guided family fishing trip on Shaver Lake.

Hours are 8 a.m. to noon with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. To reach the contest area, turn right at the county boat ramp just beyond the dam and follow signs to SCE Day Use Area on Road 2. Details: (559) 855-8752.

Miracle Mile of Quarters Run

When: Saturday

Where: Children's Hospital of Central California

The 2013 Valley Runner of the Year Series resumes with this 20-point race. The 1-mile main event begins at 7:20 a.m. There's also a 4-mile run at 7:35 and a 2-mile run/walk at 7:40.

Race-day registration begins at 6 a.m. Details:



News & notes

** Canoe sections of the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam with the San Joaquin River Parkway Trust. Half- and full-day trips are scheduled throughout the summer. Flows are currently 350 cfs, perfect for easy paddling. Details: or (559) 248-8480.

** The Fresno County Sportsman's Club is hosting its 97th annual picnic June 22. Activities include the Herb Bauer Memorial Fishing Derby for youths 15 and under. Members and nonmembers are welcome. Tickets are $8, and gates open at 8:30 a.m. Details: (559) 999-2346.

** The 24th annual Shadow of the Giants 50K returns Saturday to trails and fire roads near Fish Camp. Check for details about the event as well as the upcoming Summer Trail Run Series.

** Yosemite's Crane Flat, White Wolf, and Tuolumne Meadows campgrounds are scheduled to open Friday with reservations for Crane Flat and Tuolumne Meadows recently becoming available at

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