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20 Years Later, I Tested Out Tupperware’s Lifetime Warranty. Here’s How it Went.

Is Tupperware replacement available after 20 years? Do old Tupperware pieces have BPA in them? Check out below as I navigate whether or not Tupperware will stand by their Lifetime Tupperware Warranty.

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It occurred to me the other day − while trying to gauge whether an overused, label-less measuring spoon was a tablespoon or half a tablespoon − that all the Tupperware I collected in my teens has a Tupperware Lifetime Warranty on it.

I vaguely remember a Tupperware Consultant spouting this information out as I thumbed through their catalogue years ago, stuffing my face with homemade dips at one of the many household Tupperware parties I've attended.

But I must have made one too many of my grandmother's Strawberry Shortcakes because the blue labeling has worn off… leaving me to guess at the sizes (perhaps that's why recipes like Martha Tiramisu Cookies never turned out for me? Nah, but it's nice to blame something besides my own lack of baking skills).

A quick inventory of my cupboards, and I found three other Tupperware items that were worse for wear: a container that had a spider web-like shattering on one side, a small bowl whose plastic lip has broken off, and a measuring cup that's warped.

Sounds like it's time to experiment: exactly how limited is the Tupperware Lifetime Warranty?

Pssst: Can't get your items replaced through the warranty (i.e. the most cost-effective way)? Then check out this listing of Tupperware Replacement Lids. You can also find Tupperware replacement parts.

How Do I Replace Broken Tupperware? Start with the Tupperware Warranty (in plain English)

You'll likely remember, like I did, that there's a Tupperware guarantee. It's actually a Limited Lifetime Warranty (you'll see why below).

During my online chat with a representative, I found out the following information:

🍚Tupperware Replacement Policy

“Tupperware® brand products are warranted by Tupperware against chipping, cracking, breaking or peeling under normal non-commercial use for the lifetime of the product. If, due to unavailability, actual product replacement cannot be made, comparable product replacement will be made, or credit toward future purchases of Tupperware® brand products will be given. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. Warranty replacement items or parts will be subject to shipping and handling charges and applicable taxes.”

Other things you should know about Tupperware's warranty: 

  • What's NOT Covered: Items that have been melted (for example, from your dishwasher), stained items (drats — spaghetti stains Tupperware pretty good!), discoloration, cuts/scratches, impact damage, prints/pouches/straps/taps.
  • Item May Be Replaced with Something Else: If you're like me, then you've had your Tupperware pieces for a long time. Over the decades, they stop making certain pieces, or they modify them. So don't be surprised if you get something in new colors, or something that is not an exact match to your old item.
  • You Might Not get a Value-in-Kind: Because they likely don't sell the same thing you own, they let you know that if the replacement item costs less in value then yours, there will be no refund of the difference. Also, if it costs more, you might have to pay the difference to get it.

Pssst: Are you bummed your items don't qualify for replacement through warranty (i.e. the most cost-effective way)? Don't worry. You can still get replacements. Check out this listing of Replacement lids for Tupperware. You can also find Tupperware replacement parts.

 

Tupperware Replacement Lids – Where Can I Get My Tupperware Replaced?

You can look into getting your old Tupperware replaced through several different methods, including by calling them directly, by finding a local consultant to help, or by submitting a warranty request online.

Before doing any of these, you should have your part's model/mold number available.

And if nothing else works? Some people have reported having luck with these silicone stretch lids (BPA-free).

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Are Old Tupperware Containers BPA Free?

If you're like me, and you've had Tupperware pieces for decades, then you might be wondering whether or not those old pieces are BPA-free.

What is BPA? It's Bisphenol A, which is found in many plastic products (though not so much, anymore). Consumers have gotten smart about looking and demanding BPA-free plastics, and for good reason. Studies show that BPA is “linked to obesity in children and adults as well as to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, reproductive disorders, breast cancer, and more.”

Here's the thing: Tupperware has officially said that all their containers are BPA-free as of March 2010.

screenshot of Tupperware site that says "as of March 2010, items sold by Tupperware US & CA are BPA free"

What does that say to me? My opinion is, this means Tupperware pieces made before March 2010 may (and probably do – it was common practice to use BPA in plastics) have BPA in them.

Psst: an easy way to tell if your Tupperware container has BPA in it? Turn it over and look on the bottom. If there is a “7” inside the recycle symbol on the bottom (the triangle), then it likely contains BPA. BPA-free products will have a 1, 2, or 5 inside of that triangle.

That alone might make you want to replace your old Tupperware pieces, and if they're broken/peeled/etc. anyway, you could upgrade to a new, BPA-piece for just the cost of shipping and handling. However, if your old Tupperware doesn't have anything wrong with it that's covered under the warranty, then you can't get it replaced for free due to it possibly having BPA.

But don't worry. You can still get replacements and replacement parts. Check out this listing of Replacement lids for Tupperware. You can also find Tupperware replacement parts.

Tupperware's Lifetime Warranty – Old Tupperware Exchange

Now I want to share with you my own experience to give you an idea of how the process works.

Based on what the Tupperware warranty covers, here's the rundown of items I wanted replaced:

  • 1 Small, Microwavable Bowl with Tupperware Lid (chipped)
  • 1 Large, Microwavable Container with Tupperware Lid (cracked)
  • 1 Set of Measuring Cups (warped)
  • 1 Set of Measuring Spoons (peeling)

Tried Two Different Replacement Methods (By Mail, and By Phone)

I didn't feel like tracking down a consultant (honestly, I would feel bad asking some random consultant to replace my items if I wasn't going to purchase other ones from her/him), so decided to attempt replacements by both mail and by phone for comparison purposes.

During our online chat, the representative told me that I could either call 1 (800) 887-7379 (the Tupperware replacement phone number) and they will place a special order to send me the replacement with a $5.75 shipping and handling fee (this is a flat fee for the entire order, not per product replaced. Awesome!).

Psst: I didn't have to ship anything in, but the rep said to keep the items for 30 days because they could request to see them during that time.

Or, I could ship the item myself to their factory at the following address with me paying to ship them, but paying no shipping and handling fee for the new replacements:

Tupperware
248 Tupperware Rd.
Hemingway, SC 29554.

  • By Mail: I chose to ship the least expensive items to the warehouse, which were the small measuring spoons. I used an old envelope to mail them on February 20, 2016 for $2.54 (includes tracking) through USPS. Also, I included a letter with my name, phone number, email address, and mailing address.
  • By Phone: This left the measuring spoons, small bowl, and large container to handle over the phone. On February 29, 2016 I made the call. I had to let the person know each of the model numbers (thankfully located on the bottom of each piece of Tupperware). One item was not available, so they said to call back in a few days to see if it was available then (it was). Since they did not have it, they waived the shipping and handling fee on this order.

Note: The third option, which I chose not to take, is to find a consultant to give the items to. If you'd like to do this, go to www.Tupperware.com and on the left-hand sidebar is an option to “Find a Consultant“.

The Fresh-Leftovers Results

Just like the representative told me, the item I mailed took much longer to be replaced than the items I called in (42 looooooonnnng days. Good thing we had an alternate set of measuring spoons from my husband's bachelor pad days).

The items by phone arrived much more quickly, but not within the 9 days they had quoted me. Two boxes arrived on March 13, 2016, 13 days later. One of the containers came with the wrong-sized lid, so on March 14th I online chatted with them again. The rep resent the correct lid − no shipping charge to me − and that arrived 10 days later on March 24th.

Altogether, I ended up spending just $8.29 out of pocket for products that would have cost me $59.85 (of course I had paid for them at one point; but with my family's consulting discounts and 20 years' worth of inflation, I think I came out ahead).

Also, they never asked to see the items I was asking to have replaced…so I still have them as well. Score!

Time to conduct your own Tupperware Cupboard Audit? Here's a Few Tips

From going through the process, I've got a few tips for you:

  • Batch to Save on Shipping and Handling Costs: $5.75 shipping and handling fee is per order, not per product. So go through your cabinets and get everything that needs to be replaced done at once to get the most bang for your buck.
  • Ship Smaller Items Yourself to Save Money: If you have small items, then go ahead and ship them yourself as you'll likely save from having to pay the $5.75 shipping and handling fee.
  • Save Your Tracking Number: Get a tracking number from the USPS and save it in case the items are lost.
  • Score Free Shipping Altogether: Going to a Tupperware party already? Then don't forget to bring those items needing replaced. In Canada? Then the rep said you will need to find a consultant anyway in order to have your items replaced under the warranty.
  • Save Time: If you really need those items quickly, then call them in instead of using mail. The phone-call turnaround time is supposed to be within 9 days. The mailing option took them a total of 42 days to get me the replacement.
  • Know the Functionality You're Looking to Replace: They didn't have one of my items, but I was able to ask for something that had a lid and was microwavable − the two things I had identified as most important to me.

Looking for Tupperware Replacement Lids – India?

One more thing — are you from India, and you're looking to replace your Tupperware lids? I reached out to the company, and they said that it's about the same in all countries to get replacement Tupperware. You can contact your dealer to to get the replacement under warranty, or you can go to this Tupperware India contact page for help.

Overall, I was very satisfied with my transaction. And now I've got a few updated pieces of Tupperware in my cupboards!

So, how about it? Are you going to do a Tupperware audit? Let me know in the comments below what items you're getting replaced, and how the process goes for you!

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Amanda L. Grossman is a Certified Financial Education Instructor, Plutus Foundation Grant Recipient, and founder of Frugal Confessions. Over the last 10 years, her money work helping people with how to save money and how to manage money has been featured in Kiplinger, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Business Insider, LifeHacker, Woman's World, Woman's Day, ABC 13 Houston, Keybank, and more. Read more here.

Barbara H

Monday 13th of June 2022

I also would like others to know that you do not want to buy future Tupperware. Company is defunct. Waste of money.

I have been diligently trying to order replacement lids for my aged Modular Mates Tupperware since March 8, 2022. I see on their website they are selling Modular Mates containers.

When I ask to order cracked replacement lids the story is “upgrading system” and sometimes “must go through consultant”. Consultant replied to me by email🧑‍💻. Wanted pictures which I sent. Then she then simply ignored me, after follow ups on status. 800 number is worthless stating “unable to process”, this after long hold wait times. Online Customer service reply states warranties “on hold through March 27”. When I contacted again (several times over the weeks/months) received no further reply. Reading other customer comments on this site helped me see the way and know I’m not alone. Sad but true that I must toss my Tupperware with cracked lids that are piling up and taking up cupboard space. I am so frustrated.

Amanda, Thank you for providing this platform.

Amanda L Grossman

Friday 17th of June 2022

Gah - Barbara, I'm so sorry you're having such a hard time getting your items replaced under their lifetime warranty. Thank you for sharing your experience.

Sienna D.

Thursday 24th of March 2022

You may want to remove this article as it is true that Tupperware representatives claim that "Tupperware is revamping its warranty and cannot send out replacements". They claim their internal system was redone and now representatives do not have the capability to help with "warranty" issues. My FIRST call to them was June 2021 and I was told in July the warranty thing would be resolved. I called in July2021 and was told August. I called in Aug2021, Sep2021 (3x) Nov2021 and Dec2021. I just tried today 3/24/22 (3x) and was placed on hold each time for :30 min. So obviously they aren't even answering the phone. This is truly a cluster with this Company and the items under warranty that I can no longer use probably won't get resolved - nor will I replace them with Tupperware. What a sham.

Mia

Tuesday 29th of March 2022

@Sienna D., not sure if you still have them but FINALLY they are just now 3/22 doing them!!! If you call expect a long wait on phone lines if you place after dinner and work, I was on hold 2 hours east coast they are open til 9pm so that helped some.

Amanda L Grossman

Friday 25th of March 2022

Hi Sienna - I'm so sorry you're having a lot of trouble/are unable to get your products replaced under their warranty. Thank you very much for sharing your experience so that others can read about it.

Elaine Bailey

Tuesday 8th of February 2022

I have given cake containers and there lids bowls and storages containers and not one thing was replaced I gave them to party consultants I have more items and I won't get them back why bother Elaine bailey. [email protected]

Amanda L Grossman

Wednesday 9th of February 2022

I'm sorry to hear that - did the party consultants update you with why they were denied?

Casey O

Thursday 3rd of February 2022

Same issues as several comments. I was told to send in my list of parts. I delayed but finally did about 12 months ago. Then heard from them "we are updating our warranty process. We'll be in touch once that is done. That was about April 2021. 2 months later, same response. Rinse and repeat. I just waited on hold for 39 mins for someone to pick up. "Olivia" said it should be ready in a "few weeks." "If we haven't gotten back to you in a month, call us again."

I am looking for a social media place to blast them and possibly get a response. Any suggestions?

Amanda L Grossman

Saturday 5th of February 2022

Drats - Casey. I'm sorry you've been essentially given the runaround (whether they meant for that to happen, or not). I actually am not aware of their social media accounts. Did you happen to look for a local representative near you? You might be able to contact them and ask about replacing some pieces under warranty (although...I guess Tupperware still has yours right now).

Betty scott

Friday 21st of January 2022

I have a pitcher that is brown that is probably 40 years old and it has a Crack in the bottom. So of course it leaks.

Mia

Tuesday 29th of March 2022

@Betty scott, they will replace that I believe it's very limited to cracking, peeling pretty much, but 3=22 I called in and was on or in que for 2 hours!!! (I did call like 7pm eastern time) so I'm betting that's the worst due to people working getting dinner and then calling in