Returns policy

These terms do not affect your statutory rights. You can contact your local authority Trading Standards or Citizens Advice Bureau for further information.

Returns – coronavirus (updated 24 November 2020)

The warehouse that handles our returns processing has been impacted by coronavirus, with the Returns Team having to self-isolate until 7 December.

Whilst your return will be received at the warehouse, we are unable to process the return and issue any replacements or refunds during this period.

We’re sorry for the delay and thank you for your patience whilst the warehouse and RNIB follow Government guidelines. We will action your return as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience. 

Cancelling or amending your order

Cancellations or amendments cannot be made between placing your order and receiving your parcel; this includes address changes and adding or removing lines.

You can cancel your purchase within 14 days from the day after you received the item. Once you’ve received your order and wish to return for a refund, please see the guidance under “Returning your product because it’s unsuitable”.

Manufacturer's warranty

Where a product comes with a manufacturer’s warranty, please do not complete the registration paperwork until you’re sure that you wish to keep the product. Return the unregistered item within 14 days of receipt if you do not wish to keep it.

For warranty claims, please follow the guidance and contact information on your warranty card.

If you’ve lost your warranty card, please contact our Helpline for assistance.

Returning your product because it's unsuitable

Your right to return within 14 days

If you’ve changed your mind about keeping your purchase, please inform us within 14 days from the day after you received the item(s).

Please return the item(s), at your own cost, within 14 days, and we’ll give you a refund. See Returns postage costs for further information.

We reserve the right to deduct an amount from the refund if you have diminished the value of goods by handling them beyond what is necessary to establish their nature, characteristics and function.

We’ll reimburse you with undue delay, and not later than 14 days after we receive the goods back from you.

Christmas extended returns

RNIB offer an extended returns policy over the festive season. If you purchase an item which is deemed unsuitable from RNIB between 1 November and up to midnight on 20 December 2020, you can request a refund up until 11 January 2021.  

Please check your item on receipt. If it is faulty, please return within 30 days.  

We have a few products that are exempt from this extended returns period:

DD05, DK193, HC129, HT193, HT193A, HT195, HT197, HT198, HT329, HT347, HT349, HT351, HT352, HT377, HT378, HT379, HT383, MAG100-104, MAG66, MAG68, MAG70, MAG71, MAG77, MAG93.

Please call us on 0303 123 9999 to obtain a returns number (also called an RMA). Please return the product in its original undamaged packaging (as new) and with all the components, within seven days of receiving the returns label.

Which products can't be returned as unsuitable?

Where a product has been made to measure, or personalised for you, we’re unable to refund or offer an exchange – unless it is faulty.

The following products won’t be eligible for exchange or refund (unless faulty or not as described): 

  • Products which you received over 14 days ago.
  • Products which have been opened or their protective seals removed and cannot be returned for hygiene reasons.
  • Products that contain your personal data or have been manufacturer-registered.
  • Computer software codes that have been redeemed or activated, or computer software that has been opened.
  • Products that have been combined with other goods after delivery so that they become inseparable.
  • Where a product has been personalised for you or made to your specific measurements (bespoke and made-to-order items).

Software for computers, mobile phones and smart devices that has been opened, redeemed or activated

This is only returnable if the software is faulty. Where available you should request a free demonstration copy of the software before purchasing, to ensure it is suitable for your needs.

Bespoke items, such as made-to-order canes and walking sticks, braille and DAISY books

These are made just for you and are non-returnable unless faulty.

Image capturing and recording products

We cannot accept these items back (unless faulty) if they contain material and content that you have saved to them. You must ensure the item is returned to factory settings and free of your personal data before returning it to us. If you are unable to restore the product, we may be able to do this for you at a cost of £35.

Returning your product because it has a fault

We reserve the right to have the product independently tested by a third party, prior to agreeing a suitable resolution.

If no fault is found the item will returned to you.

Where your item needs to be sent to our supplier for assessment and repair, this will increase the turn-around time to complete your return (this may take up to six weeks if components need to be ordered in specially to carry out the repair).

Faulty within 30 days

If your product develops a fault within 30 days of purchase, please contact our Helpline to arrange the return, and subject to confirming the fault, we can give you an exchange, repair or full refund, as per your preference.For online or telephone purchase we’ll refund the standard delivery charge provided you return the full order. If you’re only returning some of the items on your order, we will only refund the cost of those returned items.

Faulty from 31 days and up to six months

If your item becomes faulty after 30 days, please contact our Helpline to arrange the return. Upon receipt, we will assess the fault and if confirmed will repair or exchange. 

If we’re unable to repair or provide a suitable replacement, we'll give you a full refund.

Faulty after six months and within guarantee period

If your item becomes faulty after six months, please contact our Helpline to arrange the return, faults deemed to be the result of fair wear and tear or product misuse are excluded. Upon receipt, we will assess the fault and if confirmed we will repair the item before returning it to you. If the item is non-repairable, we will offer you a partial refund or discount on a replacement.

Guarantee period

We guarantee products are as described, free from faults and fit for purpose, for a minimum of 12 months, beginning on the date when you purchase the products from us. Some items have a longer guarantee period, or a manufacturer's warranty, which is indicated in the product description on the shop.

Return postage costs

All items are returned to us at your own risk. You are initially responsible for the cost of returning the item to us; we will reimburse postage costs upon confirmation of the fault and if the item is within warranty. To be reimbursed, you must provide us with proof of postage and costs incurred.

If required, we will organise a courier at your cost to collect the item from you. Any courier costs will be reimbursed upon confirmation of the fault and if the item is within warranty.

If it is a high value item, we recommend returning it to us by using one of Royal Mail's various delivery services or by courier, so that your parcel is insured against loss or damage. Please see Royal Mail's website for full details of their delivery services including costs and insurance value coverage. Royal Mail will only cover items sent Articles for the Blind up to a maximum value of £46. If your return is lost in post, you will need to contact the carrier and follow their claims procedure. 

We will not reimburse postage costs for unsuitable item returns.

How to return a product

Please contact our Helpline. They will provide you with a returns number, known as an RMA number, and will confirm where to send the item back to.  

Once you have received your RMA number, please ensure you return the item within seven days to ensure there are no delays processing your refund. 

  • Write the RMA number on the returns label (attached to your despatch note).
  • Securely attach the returns label to the outside of your parcel (do not attach it to the product or product packaging).
  • Include your name and address inside the parcel, in your preferred format to ensure we can identify the goods as coming from you.
  • Ensure the item is packaged securely for stable transit.

Not following these steps will cause delays in processing your refund. If we do not receive your product back within 30 days of your returns case being opened, we will close the case.

Damaged goods and packaging

On receipt of your goods, please ensure you open the packaging carefully and keep hold of it until you're sure that you are keeping the item. There is a returns label attached to your despatch note, please keep this safe. You will need to take good care of the item while it is in your possession.

Damaged packaging or goods

If the product is returned with user damage, or damage from insufficient packing for transit, we may be unable to give you a full refund or exchange and the product may be returned to you or a partial refund offered. 

Missing items

If the product is returned to us with components missing, we may be unable to refund or exchange, returning the product to you. Where the missing component can be replaced you will be charged the cost. Where the item can be sold as used or refurbished with missing parts, there will be a deduction from your refund based on the new retail value.

Damaged in the post – seven days

If you receive an item which you believe has been damaged in the post, please contact our Helpline within seven days of receipt of the item. Our Helpline will provide you with a returns number, known as an RMA number, and will confirm where to send the item back to.

On receipt of the item and confirmation of the postal damage, we will either refund or exchange. If the item is found not to be damaged, it will be returned to you.

How to contact RNIB Helpline

Phone: 0303 123 9999

Email: [email protected]

Post: RNIB Helpline, Floor 1 – Midgate House, Midgate, Peterborough, PE1 1TN

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