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Tips on turning shoplifting into a business?

Submitted by Killua101 in Shoplifting

Im not new to shoplifting so dont tell me to start small lmfao. I want to know the details on shoplifting to sell online.

  1. What type of items should i steal?
  2. What store should i go to to obtain theses items?
  3. What sight should i sell it on?
  4. Should i use my real address while shipping?

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Lurkerz1 wrote

Your going to want to diversify here alot to lessen the "pattern" of items like if you only sell video games it wont take a store long to realize this dude always comes in and goes right to the video games and leaves. So same goes with the stores basically you just wanna go to any stores that sell the items I'm about to list but again hitting the bigger the range of stores give you more chance for success so the stores wont start recognizing you. Sell on Mercari.com all the way by far the best site for lifted goods,cause Amazon and Ebay actively work against stolen goods mercari however doesnt allow it but they dont have a team that seeks it out. I would use like a REAL address a block away but just be aware you cant buy anything with your selling account then and IF you get a notice of a return you'll have to be watching to snag it off the neighbors porch. Lastly what goods to sell this list is goods I have personal experience with and all items below besides rare instances will sell within 1-2days ONCE you establish good buyer feedback. Anything Nintendo Switch games/controllers is on FIRE one of the absolute fastest selling things,High end colognes/Perfumes,High end makeup mainly Urban Decay,Tarte,Too Faced,Smashbox,Stila and clinique...any system video games do okay but NEW release games are best example I got 8 Madden 18 copies the day it came out and sold them all under a hour for 50$ each, any media streaming devices think roku,firestick ect..Any smarthome devices like Nest,Ring August along with Switch stuff these are currently the best things to boost, Fuji instax mini cameras and film for it, Headphones BUT only super high end ones like beats,jaybird and Bose get a 60$ pair of skullcandys? Have fun sitting on them forever or selling them for 15$ new check on mercari if you dont believe me, high end purses/wallets but I'm talking only 300+ plus price range ones, watches but again at least 200+ price range. Anyways theres a good semi devirse list I promise will hold up to what I've said,now as far as pricing I list makeup and cologne/perfume products at roughly 35-40 retail....Smarthome and media devices 50%-65% depending on the exact item,and all video game/system items 50% UNLESS it's new release OR Nintendo Switch Joycons or good games then do like 60-70% Good Luck

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Killua101 wrote

How did you get 8 copies of Madden 18? What store did you go to and what was your process?

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Lurkerz1 wrote

Well I got them from Walmart and normally any decent games are behind the glass right? Well Madden came out at midnight so instead of constantly opening the glass to grab a copy my Walmart just put all the copies on a shelf in alpha boxes which I happen to have a alpha key! Therefore at like 3am that same night I grabbed like 8 copies "it was the hall of fame Edition ones as well" which are 80$ new instead of 60...and went into a blind spot took all the cases off put them in a backpack and bounced flipped them all within a few hours for 60 a copy so 60×8=480 profit simply off one product and like 3 hours of work and that's not to mention the 2 google home minis and 1 Fuji instax mini 9 camera I got that night as well.

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Drshoplifter wrote

You need to sell anything and everything. I saw some really good ideas on this thread that i didn't even think of myself. like the craigslist wanted section idea. Ebay is good to sell on, so is facebook. Dont sell on amazon, youll get caught. mercari is probably the best place tho.

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terrificbuilder wrote

Here's what I used to do that made this whole thing painfully easy.

Go to your local craigslist, go to the wanted section, find an ad for someone wanting something that you know you can lift, contact them saying you have said item and agree on a price, go steal said item, meet the person buying and then profit.

This is great because you're never, if rarely, ever stealing the same thing so there's no pattern to be placed on you. You don't have to wait around for buyers since you already have a buyer lined up before you even steal the item.

I used to clear a couple grand a week doing this.

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ThisIsLogicCalling wrote

Coming from strictly a business perspective it is a failed model from the start. You are here doing market reasearch for a plan and you are already at the achilles heal. If you put a plan in place you will form a detectable pattern. At any sort of scale that results in successful business for you there will be more attention from losses of the company. Do you see what I am getting at? The more successful you are the more likely you are to fail. Its a stupid business decision. Your plan will have flaws and the only way you are going to learn what they are is when you get caught.

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ElectroKool wrote (edited )

Damn this is true. But what if you split up your “business” across multiple shops like Mercari, Ebay, Amazon, Facebook, and even to friends.

I’m no expert by any means, but I’ve heard that people got a good following and loyal customers that they could regularly sell to.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but a quality over quantity mindset wouldn’t make you stick out as well. Like selling one high-end camera every now and then, but mixing low-end things to get you a stable income.

I’m not at that point yet but just putting my thoughts out there.

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RandomNoob wrote

Generally speaking, one shoplifting rule is not to be greedy. Don't act stupid and set up your plan carefully

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ThisIsLogicCalling wrote

The goal of business is to generate profit. Why are you starting a business with a model so limited? Your also exposing yourself to high risks with little reward. There are ways to mitigate these risks but why even invest your time with such limitations built into your model?

From a strictly business point of view its just an all around foolish endeavor. Put in some work on something more worthwhile and you can have your own shop one day where you can go in and take anything you want without such risk.

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LP420 wrote

What he's trying to tell you is that the deeper into this "business" you get the more chances you'll be busted and the business will be closed. Common sense says it's better to have a small but functioning business for long term rather than a big one that will land you in jail