I took advantage of a huge 40% off sale at JCPenney (which I combined with a 6% cash back rebate from Ebates, of course) to score a sweet deal on clothes for Lucy and me. But when my package arrived, instead of a $5 T-shirt, I received a $40 sweatshirt, pictured above. Pitfalls of online shopping.
Am I obligated to confess the windfall?
Everything else in the order was correct. Lucy got two new pajama bodysuits for $8 each, I got a pair of yoga pants for $12 (moths chewed holes in the butt cheek of my old ones) and I bought one v-neck T-shirt for $5 to wear under sweaters.
A second $5 T-shirt was supposed to be in the package, but instead I received the giant orange Nike sweatshirt you see above. It has two price tags, one for $40 and one for $50, so I assume the lower price is correct. I inspected the sticker on the sweatshirt package (each item came in its own baggie), and the sweatshirt was mislabeled as a T-shirt.
I could return the sweatshirt without the packing receipt (covering up the fact that I never paid for the sweatshirt in the first place) in exchange for store credit. However, because the sweatshirt package has a T-shirt label on it, the cashier may realize the store’s mistake. I’m not comfortable returning the sweatshirt out of the package, because then I really have no proof I didn’t just grab it off the rack.
My order totaled $46, including shipping, so if I keep the money, it will essentially make everything I paid for FREE.
Pretty tempting, wouldn’t ya say? Especially because it wasn’t my mistake.
Would you hand over the sweatshirt? Or pocket the $40?
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