"For every dollar in sales, a retailer's net profit is between a cent to five cents. With returns, for every dollar in returned merchandise, it costs a retailer between 15 cents to 30 cents to handle it."

Burt Flickinger, retail expert and managing director of retail consultancy Strategic Resource Group, commenting to CNN Business for its recent report, “Just Keep Your Returns: Stores Weigh Paying You Not to Bring Back Unwanted Items”