Can you really return seconds bought from shoe bank at a retail AE store?
You know if the retail store handle exchanges as well? I have a pair coming from the shoe bank that I'm expecting to be too big. It would be ideal if I can return the larger shoes to the retail store and order the smaller size right away (versus shipping large shoe back then waiting for small shoe to ship again).
I just returned seconds from Freeport to a retail store yesterday. They had no problem doing it. Maybe call your local store and ask them first?
I am pretty sure, though, that they can't handle exchanges for seconds. Seems like the shoe bank/outlets and retail stores are run separately. Of course, you could exchange for firsts at the store.
Also, the retail store will credit your card immediately. So you could call shoe bank right after and order your next pair.