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Shoppers who reaped early discounts on must-have products are already returning them in droves for refund, store credit or exchange. In fact, stores are expected to ring up $453 billion in returns during the 2011 holidays. Stores tried hard this year to get shoppers to spend but in retrospect, many shoppers broke the budget too soon and are feeling the pinch. Return rates on average are 2% higher this year than last. [Tribune][Geoff Fox]