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Incredibly bad battery life

I have a set of GMR325 and new alkaline batteries run out in about an hour of standby. They die in a few days of the radios being OFF.
I received the radios as a gift or they would be going back to the store.
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I think there is a problem send them back to store to replace under warranty

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