A former Nike employee has revealed a little known trick which means you’ll be able to get your hands on a brand new pair of trainers for free.
The ex-Nike worker, who appears to be from the US, said that all you have to do to get yourself a brand new pair of trainers from the store is swap a current pair you own within a year of purchase, this is assuming they are “defective”.
The woman, who is now working as a hairdresser, posted the trick onto TikTok. In the clip, she explained: “Defective is considered any normal wear and tear on shoes.”
To make it clearer, the woman held a pair of worn Nike shoes to the camera and revealed that “defects” can be anything from a faded or worn Nike tick to the front of the trainer beginning to peel off.
She said that you can also get your hands on a pair of brand new trainers for free if you found that the laces on your current pair are broken.
She noted: “Any of these are considered defective. So what they’re going to do is return them for you under defective, give you a gift card and you’ll be able to buy a new pair.”
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Shoppers absolutely loved the former worker’s little known trick and said that they were excited at the thought of getting a brand new pair of trainers for free.
Despite many thanking her for the tip, others remained skeptical until one woman popped up and said she had tried it and had managed to score her son a new pair of trainers.
The mum wrote: “You go online and fill out the form. You just look at the tag inside the shoe to see the dates. I just did my son’s shoes.”
She added that she had tried it out the previous month and that her son had received a $200 gift voucher which he could spend online.
Yet some still argued about the time in which this hack works, with some saying that they were pretty this only worked within the first 30 days of purchase.
Although it isn’t known whether or not this policy is in place for Nike stores in the UK, it does state in the return policy that “defective or faulty products can be returned with a valid proof of purchase within two years of the order delivery or store purchase date.”
On the website, it states: “If your item is defective or faulty and it’s been less than 30 days since your purchase, simply choose one of the options above to return the item. If it’s been more than 30 days since your purchase, please contact us to return the item.”
And continues: “Defective or faulty products can be returned with a valid proof of purchase within two years of the order delivery or store purchase date. Some Nike products have specific written guarantees and/or warranties. Please refer to the product label, tag or warranty card for specific returns guidelines.”
So although there’s the chance you could receive a gift voucher to put towards a new pair of Nike trainers, this isn’t always the case. However, it’s still definitely worth having a try.