Originally Posted by acap650
If you join REI you can use one of their tents on your trip and return it when you're done. They take everything back for a full refund.
Unethical at best.
REI does have a great exchange policy, though, and if you have a local store keep your eyes open for a 'scratch and dent' sale where they sell the items that have been returned. You can get some great deals on barely used gear there. They list the reason for return on the price tag, and some of the reasons make you certain some people are shameless - I have seen more than one pair of boots, for example, with almost worn out soles returned as "did not fit".