My Son’s Five Star Binder Was Replaced for FREE!

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Ever buy a new item and have it break almost immediately? It’s so frustrating!

I have a son who started junior high last year, and the one item he wanted to buy for back-to-school was a huge binder with the handle because he said that everybody in Junior High used a binder like this. So I took him to Target and we found a binder for around $20.

As you can see from these pictures below, it only lasted a few months and it slowly started falling apart. So when he brought it home one day and said it was no longer functional, I was super frustrated since it had been such an expensive investment and it only lasted a short period of time.

broken fivestar binder

I begrudgingly went to Amazon and ordered another one and when it arrived, I noticed that it had a tag that stated: “Lasts All Year – Guaranteed!”

So being the Hip2Saver I am, I immediately started searching online and came across the Five Star product warranty. It basically said that ACCO brands (the manufacturer) will replace any Five Star binder that is returned within one year from the date of purchase.

before and after fivestar binder

It was super easy for me to submit for this guarantee—I simply emailed with pictures of the damage and an online receipt that I had from Target. Within a week or so, I received a brand new Five Star binder in the mail (the new one is the blue one in these pictures).

I am SO happy with how simple the whole process was and the end result of having the broken binder replaced, with minimal effort no less!

WooHoo for awesome customer service and product guarantees!

While my experience, in this case, was specifically with Five Star, there are quite a few other companies that offer amazing customer service and product warranties.

Here are 4 more brands that have fantastic product guarantees:

1. Cat & Jack has a 1-year guarantee.

hand holding cat & jack socks

Target’s in-house children’s brand offers a 1-year guarantee on all their clothes. If something wears out, rips, or breaks, just bring the damaged item to the Guest Services desk with your receipt and exchange it for a replacement.

2. CamelBak guarantees all of their products for life!

3 small camelbak water bottles on wood surface

I had a CamelBak Eddy water bottle that I loved, but over time, the spigot wouldn’t stay locked down. Good thing CamelBak guarantees all their reservoirs, backpacks, bottles, and accessories for life!

They have a step-by-step webpage that helped me easily find a replacement cap for my bottle and shipped it to me quickly for free. Plus, their cute kids’ water bottles are spillproof.

3. ALDI’s Twice As Nice guarantee offers replacement AND refund.

aldi storefront

Not happy with something you bought at ALDI? Most of their products are covered by their Twice as Nice Guarantee. Bring back the product and receipt to get both a replacement and a refund!

4. Athleta will accept returns on products even if you’ve worn them.

athleta store mannequins

Not only can you try on Athleta activewear, but you can also try it out during your workout. Athleta’s unique “Give-It-A-Workout” guarantee lets you wear your new workout clothes while you’re exercising. If you’re not satisfied with how an item fits or performs, you can bring it back for a full refund!

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About the writer:

Bryn has spent the last 10 years writing about coupons, freebies, and Amazon deals. She is mortgage-free and holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Education. Connect with Bryn on LinkedIn

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