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Walmart Returns?

Submitted by CeeCee18 in Shoplifting (edited )

Has anyone tried returning an "empty box" to Walmart??? Does anyone know if Walmart opens sealed electronics?
I have a shrink wrapping setup and plan on buying an Apple product with cash and then weighing the box down with something, re-shrink wrapping it, and returning it. Has anyone tried this?

EDIT: So I did a test run to see if they would open the box on a high end sealed electronic and they did NOT open the box. Because I bought it 3 hours earlier, I paid with a debit card, and it was still sealed in shrink wrap they let me return with no issues and didn't even look it over.

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Thanksreddit wrote

They open sealed electronics over $50

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CeeCee18 wrote

Have you tried it? I’ve legitimately returned opened electronics over $50 and they didn’t even open the box.

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Thanksreddit wrote (edited )

Yeah. They opened a sealed chrome cast ultra and then damaged it out. Guess it depends i the associate and how busy it was

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CeeCee18 wrote (edited )

I’m going to do a test run today and let you all know how it goes. I’m going to buy a $600 electronic and legitimately return it to see if they open the shrink wrapped box. If they don’t I’ll try the empty box return tomorrow at a different location. If I get caught I’ll just play dumb and outraged, there would be no proof that I took it. And there have been several cases where people have received the wrong thing in the box at Walmart, anyways.

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slickwillie79 wrote

I have a better idea for you. Buy the apple product with cash, take the receipt to another walmart and take the apple off the shelf and act like your returning it. I did that with a drill recently... if it has a spider wrap take it off first of course. Obviously this wouldnt work with a computer but for items you can obtain without an associate this will work.

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videl wrote

I once saw someone return what was supposed to be a laptop power adapter without any issues. He went to the return desk, said "I just bought this and when I opened the box the wrong thing was inside" and they accepted the return without issue. Not sure if they checked the item's return history or not, but maybe this sort of "honesty" could be helpful.

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CeeCee18 wrote

This actually happened to me with a memory card I bought once. I opened it and nothing was inside. I was scared that they wouldn't believe me so I just returned it without saying anything and bought another one.

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Drshoplifter wrote

I would not try this.

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CeeCee18 wrote

Why not? Does it sound like a bad idea?

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Drshoplifter wrote

Yes. Trust me they’ll look in the box.

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CeeCee18 wrote

I just tested it out. I bought a $700 tablet at 6pm and returned it at 9:30 pm and they did not open the box or even ask me any questions. I told them that I needed a different color that I knew they didn't have in stock. I paid with a debit card though, which is why they let me return it after 9pm and without a manager present.
So I'm going to get e prepaid debit card when I do it for real, so it looks less suspicious.

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Drshoplifter wrote

They won’t look in the box every time.

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Drshoplifter wrote

Great way to get things that are locked behind counter. Seal it up so it looks unopened. That way if they look inside you can claim you had no idea and never even opened the box

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CeeCee18 wrote

This is exactly why I'm not too scared about getting caught. I have a shrink wrapping set-up so I can re-shrink wrap it so it looks like I never even opened it. So if they do open the box I can claim that I never opened it and there would be no proof that I did. Secondly, Walmart employees have a history of stealing from their own store so there'd be reasonable doubt.

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Drshoplifter wrote

Ya they definitely need proof to prosecute or even accuse u of stealing. AP will get in big trouble if they do so much as accuse you.

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RobbinHood92 wrote

Lol. I did this once.

Brought a 1TB hard drive. Then 2 weeks later brought a 4 TB har drive (all cash)

Then stuff the 1TB in 4TB box and return the 4TB.

Basically I got 4TB for the price of 1TB.

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CeeCee18 wrote

How much was it? And did they open the box?

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RobbinHood92 wrote

1TB was $55? 4TB was $120+ lol

Yeah. They did open it to see if there was a hard drive inside.

But on the corner in the back. Is where it tells the TB amount. But they didn’t look into that

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Thanksreddit wrote (edited )

My Walmart calls someone from electronic to check all returns but they check for cords. You might get away with it but some guy just got busted for stripping pcs and returning them. News story said it near 100k in loss. Golden rule: don't get greedy

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CeeCee18 wrote

I saw that news article. He got away with it for 18 months before he got caught, though. I just want to do it on one item.

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RobbinHood92 wrote

Yeah. That is crappy. If they’re going to strip. Might as well take and replace.

Like the best I can think you can take from PC. Is DDR4 which is like 80 for 8GB.

For me. I’ll strip them and replace them with like DDR2 or 3.

But honestly. I can see anything valuable in Walmart PC

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ifthreewerenine wrote

Yeah, but wouldn't LP possibly catch on pretty soon after the return was completed? I'd assume they'd check the cameras and you'd have to be wary lifting in that region from that point forward.