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At Chicago Music Exchange, our Customer Service Team is here to make sure your experience is a great one— no matter what the issue, we strive for excellence in the resolution. As passionate musicians and music lovers ourselves, it’s our goal to provide high quality support when and where you need it!
Looking to get a return processed? Scroll to the bottom of this page and get the info you need!
We’re all musicians here at Chicago Music Exchange and we want you to love the gear you get from us. We understand that sometimes you get a piece of gear that doesn’t work out for you. That’s why we offer an easy return policy to take the stress out of purchasing from us.
If you decide you'd like to return an item, please contact your Sales Rep, fill out the Return Request form to the left, or give us a call. We'll get back to you during business hours with easy instructions on how to get your product back to us safely and efficiently. If you placed your order on Amazon or eBay, we advise issuing the return request from your account in the platform - our Customer Service team will process a refund upon receipt of the item(s). Please note: exchanges or store credit are not available for these order methods.
Most new items may be returned within 30 days of delivery and most vintage & used items may be returned within 3 days of delivery for a full refund, exchange, or store credit. We simply ask that items are returned in their original condition and include all accessories, documentation, and packaging.
Please ensure that the item is packed safely for the return shipment. If provided a return authorization number, please write it legibly on the shipping box. Buyers are responsible for all return shipping costs (we advise insuring return shipments valued above $500) unless the return is due to receiving a defective, damaged, or incorrectly shipped item.
If your item qualified for Free Shipping, the carrier charge will be deducted from your refund. We reserve the right to charge a restocking fee based on the return condition. If a return is requested outside of the return period, it must be approved by CME and may only qualify for exchange or store credit. If you bought an item using Affirm financing, we offer full refunds for purchases. For logistical reasons, we are unable to offer returns on any transaction involving a trade, both in store and online.
Some products are not returnable due to the consumable nature of the product, copyright reasons, or sanitary reasons. Some of the items include, but not limited to: guitar & bass strings, amplifier tubes, previously installed instrument pickups or speakers, drum heads, drum sticks, cleaning products, software, books, microphones, harmonicas, earplugs, earbuds, headphones, as well as any other products designed to come in contact with the mouth or ears.
We strive to process all refunds within 48 hours of the return been received at our location. Credit card refunds typically take 2-4 business days to post to your account, but could vary based upon your bank's processing times.
All policies outlined are subject to change, and will be updated accordingly. CME strives to make sure all customers are happy with their experience.
If you have any questions, we’re always here for you. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (773) 525-7773
Unfortunately at this time there is no way to split payment methods on our website.
We use Synchrony financing as our partner online, by phone, and in-store! Check out the details on the Financing page »
On many of our items we do offer a 30 day layaway with 20% down. Simply chat us on the product you’re looking at or give us a call at 773-525-7773 for more information.
In June of 2018, there was a Supreme Court decision made called South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc, which instated that online retailers are now required to collect sales tax in certain States where economic thresholds are met. The decision to collect and remit sales tax was by no means our own, however, we must abide by the law.
If you'd like to learn more, you can click this link below for more detailed information on the Supreme Court ruling.
Yes we will provide CITES export permits to accompany the shipment. We will provide you an electronic copy of the export permit once our CITES agent has issued it (usually 1-2 weeks after payment is processed). Please check with your local Customs or CITES agency before purchasing to verify what your country requires for importation. Many countries that require import CITES permits, require that the import permits be obtained prior to shipment. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or need us to delay your shipment.
VAT Tax/Duties vary from region to region. Unfortunately, we are not able to calculate that in advance. Please contact your local Customs agency for more information.