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From living rooms to landfills, some holiday shopping returns take a 'very sad path'

It's peak season for returns, which are setting a new record. Some end up back on shelves or get resold to other merchants, and some wind up in landfills or sail overseas.

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From living rooms to landfills, some holiday shopping returns take a 'very sad path'

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