What is your returns policy?

Maplin is a new company trading under Digital-First Retail Ltd. We will not be accepting return requests or issuing refunds and exchanges for goods purchased prior to 1st October 2018 (either in-store or online purchases).

You have 30 days from the date your order was delivered or available for collection to return it for a refund. We don't accept returns for items after the above returns period.

If your item is faulty, defective, damaged or incorrect, you will be eligible for FREE returns.

If your item is not defective, damaged or incorrect, are not eligible for FREE returns - we’ll deduct the cost of the return from your refund.

  • For small & medium items returns from within the UK costs £3.99 per parcel.
  • For large items such as Scooters or Stage Lighting returns from within the UK costs £5.99 per parcel.
  • For items outside the UK mainland costs £12.99 per parcel.

If you request a return for an item during the above time frame but you're unable to return it to us for some reason, please get in touch – please note, any refund will be at our discretion.

*All returns are subject to the rules set out in our Returns Policy below. There are some products that have restrictions or may not be returnable once opened, used or activated. Our Returns Policy does not affect your statutory rights.

Returning an unwanted item

We understand that sometimes an item isn't right for you, and you would like to return it for a refund.

We ask that you take good care of the item while in your possession - this means that you can examine the item as you would in a shop, but please do not start using, assembling or inputting any personal data or software.

We will reduce the amount of the refund up to 50%, or reject & return the item to you if

  • The item or the packaging has been handled excessively
  • The item is no longer in its original condition does not meet our quality requirements;
    • any wear & tear, incomplete or damaged packaging
    • cosmetic defects
    • seals or cellophane removed such as security/void seals or plastic sleeves
  • The item is incomplete (not as sold, missing parts or accessories).
  • Personal data has been stored on the device
  • The item has tampered with such has repaired at an unauthorised shop

Return cost will be deducted from your refund.


Returning a faulty or defective item

If you believe there is a fault or defect with your item, it is important that you share as much information with us so that we can assess the item. All returns are tested by our technical team to verify the fault, error or defect reported before any refunds can be processed. 

If the item is found not faulty, defective or deemed as user damage, your return will be handled as Unwanted whereby the rules outlined in section Returning an unwanted item will automatically apply.


Returning an incorrect or damaged item

Sometimes we make mistakes, the wrong item is posted or the item arrives in poor condition or damaged. It is vital that you let us know within 48 hours of receiving it by sending us images of the item received, along with any other information requested by our team.

If the item is found to be correct or deemed as user damage your return will be handled as Unwanted whereby the rules outlined in section Returning an unwanted item will automatically apply or return rejected.


Hygiene and consumable items

Some items can’t be returned like headphones or ink once opened or used. It is important that you check the item description before you order or open the item and remove the original wrapping/seal. For hygiene reasons, certain items cannot be returned once the seals have been removed.


Digital storage, downloads, subscriptions and games

We’re unable to accept returns for games, digital storage (E.g. SSD, HDD, SD), downloads or subscriptions once activated, opened or used.


Contracted services

We're unable to refund contracted services such as installation where the service has been completed


After 30 days of receiving your items

We don't accept returns for items after the above returns period.

If your item develops a fault after 30 days of receiving it, you may be entitled to a repair, as long as it is within its warranty period. Please refer to the manufacturers' terms and conditions for more information.

It is vital that you have your order receipt and serial number (if applicable) when logging a manufacturer warranty claim. You can contact the manufacturer directly to register your warranty claim, alternatively, if you have any questions or need help, please contact us.

Returns Methods

Once approved by the team, we'll issue you with a returns label or QR code, you can either

Some items require special handling and can only be collected.

All returns must be sent back using the return label issued by the team unless stated otherwise by a customer service agent through the verified communications channels (email, social). Returns will be rejected if the issued return label is defaced, edited, amended in any way or form.

Returns are required to be sent back within 14 days of approval or your return may be rejected.


Once the item has been returned, assessed and verified, we'll process your refund. Refunds are typically processed within 2-5 working days from the date your return was delivered to us. In the event that there are any delays to this, you will be notified, in which case your return will be resolved within 14 days from the date delivered to us.

Refunds may take up to 10 days for the funds to appear in your account. Please note that if you return products that do not meet, or are outside our returns policy, we're unable to process a full refund.

Refunds are issued excluding the original delivery charge.

Once a returned item has been processed by our Returns Team, we can't send it back to you.


Please note returns that are not accompanied by an authorisation number will be rejected. Your returns authorisation number must be clearly displayed on the return packaging and we ask all reasonable care is taken to ensure the goods are suitably packaged.

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