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Drshoplifter wrote

They will have the very thin tags on books. A lot of times behind the barcode

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Thanks. I need to learn more about how these work where I live, and what stores take what precautions. It's amazing that you all in the US have such detailed info about it.

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tasmaniansyrup wrote

Bring a shoulder bag--like a tote, professional-looking work bag or something larger than a purse that one could slip books into while browsing without looking like they're trying to do anything shady. Try not to be seen in person or on camera doing this, but if someone does see you it's just look like you are stashing your shopping for ease of carrying. Take the bag into the bathroom and check the books you want for rfid tags. If someone is actually enforcing the "no merchandise in the bathroom" rule, this probably isn't the best bookstore to steal from anyway.

If you're worried it will look obvious that you picked out books & then left without buying anything, you could also bring some textbooks/notebooks in with you and spend some time in the bookstore cafe reading or doing work. This gives time for anyone who's watching the shoppers for sus activity to lose interest in you. But use your intuition on what approach is safest.

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Shadymystery1 wrote

I agree with the tote maybe even a laptop case that's empty. Depending on the size of the bookstore you can get away with a lot... I have

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Thanksreddit wrote

Flip through the pages for rfid tags.

Personally I stole a kindle voyager from bestbuy. Kindles are not source tagged

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

I'm not so interested in kindles as I am actual books I can read and ideally make up part of a free library eventually. Though I suppose I could steal kindles and put them in the library too...

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a7824 wrote

You want to make your own free library? That's sick. Will it be a radical library?

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Yes, and yes :) It's one of my long-term plans. Lots of people don't have much access to radical books around here, I'm pretty sure the library would do great. I'd want to find a way to replace books about as fast as they get stolen though so it's potentially a lot of work :)