Amazon patents quiet online return process

December 27, 2010 9:37:33 AM PST
Next Christmas you may be able to intercept those loud ties, nose hair clippers and other gifts before they ever get to your home.

Online retailer has now patented a process that will allow people to quietly return gifts from the website, before they ever receive them. Under the plan recipients would get an e-mail from Amazon telling them a gift is on the way.

You can reject a single gift, or choose to reject any gift from a particular person. Critics call the idea impolite and uncouth. Amazon says it would reduce the wasted time and other problems that come with returning unwanted gifts.

The new system could be ready by next Christmas.