You can usually tell when you’ve missed the mark. The tight smile.

The fake glee. The overly gushy “thank you” that really means “I hope this sucker came with a gift receipt.” One in three people will return a gift this holiday season, according to B-Stock Solutions, a company that liquidates excess inventory, overstock and customer returns from major retailers and manufacturers.

In the first three months of 2016, the company had 61 percent more items than usual to sell, a glut of post-Christmas returns, writes comparison shopping website DealNews. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access.

“You want to delight your friends and family, not burden them with more stuff to either get rid of or return.” Lindsay Sakraida, director of content marketing for DealNews, told the Staten Island Advance. Every year about $260 billion worth of stuff bought from retailers gets returned — 25 percent of which is returned after Christmas, according to industry estimates cited by the New York Post.

One of the “don’t” gifts Time magazine warned against in its last-minute shopping gift guide: expensive, flashy things. “It may feel like a faux pas to pick a holiday gift from the clearance section, but research suggests it’s the item — not the price tag — that matters most,” noted Time, citing the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Read more from kansascity.com…

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