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Megalomaniac wrote

Two ways. Probably the easiest: get another barcode from something (maybe like a Hot Wheels toy car) and cover the barcode when scanning. The Hot Wheels/whatever will ring up while the demagnetizer will deactivate the source tag inside.

I'll probably get some of those $1ish fabric squares, cut off the tag (big enough to cover most barcodes), and stick over the original within a safe zone.

I usually get the squares in advance, use an exacto knife to cut however much above the barcode I want, then peel it off the fabric and stick it on like a gift card/expired credit card/laminated library card/etc. Typically I can unpeel it off the card easily enough, put it on the merch, then peel it off at home & put it back on the library card/whatever. Generally get 3-4ish uses before it starts losing stickiness, but depending how large you cut it can get anywhere from 2-4 codes on each side of the card. Replace as needed.

Alternatively (not as easy imo) cover the barcode of the item you want (maybe black it out with a thick permanent marker? or just use your hand), hold the replacement barcode near the original, scan & make sure you hear the sound, throw in bag/cart.

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ifthreewerenine wrote

And be sure not to stick the item on the scale, I assume.

Do places with self check outs like this watch cameras? How long would it take them to figure out this had been done? I'd be worried about being spotted when the screen says $5 and I'm holding a keyboard or something...

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Megalomaniac wrote

Yeah, don't place it on the scale. Do it at a busy time when their attention is split. If you're super paranoid maybe do it on grocery day/when you have a lot of other times, and then have that item scanned in the middle of everything. Let it get lost within the list. And obv. don't do it if they're standing near you/hovering.

I'm not sure how self-checkout cameras are, to be honest. There's only been one in which I've had any issues with. But those automated and just mainly watched hand motions, speed of scanning, etc. and recorded you, said "please wait for assistance" and summed a rep, then played back the "suspicious" video. Machine asks if the item needs to be rescanned by customer or not. Apparently they get triggered a lot by normal shoppers though.

Also think that may be only at high theft stores though. So far anyways. Just know your store and you should be fine. Trust your instinct. If it's a new store/you suspect it might be high theft location, lowkey watch others and see how sensitive the machines/cameras are.