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Exchanging a book that was browsed thru

Question:

I bought my wife a present, a cookbook. She did not make any of the dishes from the book, but she did browse thru it thoroughly.
She now wants that I exchange it for a different book.

Am I Halachically allowed, or is it considered geneivah?

Answer:

Thank you for your question.

The answer to your question depends on what the return policy of the store is. Essentially you your wife did use the cookbook by reading it. Additionally, the owner of the seforim store that sold you the book didn’t sell you anything defective. Therefore, if he is alright with your returning it under these conditions, that is fine, but if he doesn’t allow returns under such conditions that is his right.

Best wishes

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