Returning merchandise after Christmas is everyone's least-favorite chore.
But now the US Postal Service is making it more convenient for the millions who shopped online this year.
Many Web retailers are participating in a program called Returns@ease.
When a customer needs to return an item, he contacts the retailer via the Web. The participating merchant provides an online, postage-paid label that the customer prints out from his home computer and affixes to the package for return.
The package can then be given to a mail carrier, dropped in a collection box, or taken to a post office, expediting the return.
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