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How to: Process Returns & Refunds

Monday, 5 March 2018

How to process returns & refunds

No matter how good your product description is or how detailed your product photos are, you will always have some customers who wish to return goods they have ordered from you. The way these are dealt within the Bluepark system are quick and straightforward as long as you do them correctly. Follow the steps below to make sure you process returns and refunds for your customers the right way.

Please note: Returns are always processed in your Bluepark console, refunds are always processed via your payment provider. The Bluepark system has no control over the customer's debit/credit card, it doesn't store any details for it, so it is impossible to refund the card through the Order Manager.

Cancelling An Order

According to UK distance selling regulations, once an order has been placed online, the customer automatically gets a 'cooling-off' period. During this period they have the right to cancel without giving a reason. The only exceptions to this are if it the item they have purchased is bespoke, made to measure, perishable or downloadable.

If you do not inform the customer that they have the right to cancel within a certain number of days, then they will automatically be given the right to cancel at any time within the next 12 months. However, if you make sure that they are informed of a standard 14-day cooling-off period within your terms and conditions, then they can only cancel within those 14 days.

No matter what your policy is, if the customer does choose to cancel, you must refund them the full amount of the order, including delivery.

For more information about the right to cancel, please read Online and distance selling article on Gov.uk.

 

To cancel an order that has been placed but not shipped, please follow these steps:

Cancel full non-shipped order

  1. In the Orders > Order Manager section, click on the order you wish to cancel
  2. In the Status drop-down, select Cancelled and save

Please note: When setting an order to Cancelled, the refunded amount is not displayed within the Refunded (£) field. This is because the system automatically takes the amount paid out of the sales figures at this point. If you wish to make a note of the refunded amount on the order, please use the Admin Comments field, which can be accessed by clicking the green pencil icon at the top right.

To cancel an order that has been placed and has been shipped, please follow Method 1 in the 'Returning The Whole Order' procedure below.

Returning The Whole Order

Method 1
To return an order where the customer returns every item, and you want to refund the shipping fees too, please follow these steps. This method is used when the order has been sent out but the customer has chosen to cancel the order. Following this method ensures the correct information is stored for future accounting reference.

  1. In the Orders > Order Manager section, click on the order you wish to cancel
  2. In the Refunded field next to each product, enter the number of products returned for every product line.
    Returned product lines
  3. In the Refunded (£) field at the top right, enter the total monetary value of the order, inclusive of the shipping cost, and save.
    Refunded Amount Including Shipping

Please note: Returning an order prompts an email to be automatically sent to the customer. If you do not want this to happen, untick the checkbox next to the Save icon before saving.

Method 2
To return an order where the customer returns every item, but you do not want to refund the shipping fees, please follow these steps. This is the most common method of refunding a returned order.

  1. In the Orders > Order Manager section, click on the order you wish to return
  2. In the Refunded field next to each product, enter the number of products returned for every product line.
    Returned product lines
  3. Click save and the monetary value of the returned products will automatically appear in the Refunded (£) field, exclusive of the shipping costs.

Please note: Returning an order prompts an email to be automatically sent to the customer. If you do not want this to happen, untick the checkbox next to the Save icon before saving.

Returning Part of The Order

When a customer only returns part of an order, then generally you will only ever refund them the cost of the products returned. To do this, please follow these steps:

  1. In the Orders > Order Manager section, click on the order you wish to return
  2. In the Refunded field next to each product, enter the number of products returned for the relevant product lines only.
    Refunded part of order
  3. Click save and the monetary value of the returned products will automatically appear in the Refunded (£) field, exclusive of the shipping costs.

Please note: Returning an order prompts an email to be automatically sent to the customer. If you do not want this to happen, untick the checkbox next to the Save icon before saving.

 

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