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I've shoplifted $26,120 worth at 190 stores since Jan 2018. Here's my dilemma...

Submitted by IncorruptableResolve in Shoplifting (edited )

All of it has been for personal use. Clothing, shoes, TV's, computer, game systems, car parts, tools, household appliances, ammunition and other items.

How do I get into selling my items? If you had to make an extra $5,000k between now and January 1st, how would you do it? What would you lift and how would you sell it? I could work overtime at my day job but it would cover maybe half the amount I need. What would you lift and how would you sell it? I've been lifting for the last 10 years but it has always been for personal gain. I keep track of every lift including dollar amount, store location, date/time, disguises worn, city, etc. I never hit the same store twice within a 6 month period.

I can do walkouts but prefer not to. I have all sorts of tools for tag detachment such as neodymium cube magnets, hooks detachers and golf detachers. I have tailor made clothing specifically for lifting and a license plate flipping mechanism on all 3 of my cars and on my motorcycle. I can pick almost any lock but my tools are specialized for the circular locks on the glass cases you would find at Walmart or Target/REI.

So lets brainstorm my fellow criminals! $5,000 in the next 3 months. How would you do it? How should I?

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sudo wrote

$5,000 in three months is a lot. I think your best bet is to lift a few expensive items, rather than a lot of cheap ones. The reason being that you won't have to make as many lifting trips, and they're more likely to sell. LP will be watching them more closely, but it sounds like you can handle that. So, your criteria are moderately expensive items (around the $100 range, no cheaper than $20) that are in high demand.

There is one word to remember here: electronics. These are your best bet as far as things that will sell quickly. If you put up an unopened 3DS for sale on eBay at a bargain price, it'll be sold in a matter of days. Whereas, if you did the same thing for, say, a lawn water sprinkler, it would take months, or maybe even years before it sold (if anyone buys it at all). Here's a laundry list of items that fit the bill: video games, video game consoles (portable ones would be easier to conceal), laptops, computer hardware (like hard drives, solid state drives, CPUs, and GPUs), high-volume flash drives and SD cards, tablets, and e-readers, to name a few.

You could try some other big-ticket items like power tools and such, but they won't sell as easily, and you need the money in three months' time.

Now, regarding where to sell:

  • eBay: Probably the most lucrative option. The disadvantage of this is it would be linked to your real bank account (and therefore your real identity), so if someone found out that the items were boosted and reported you, you could be caught pretty easily. If you do use it, try not to sell too much of the same thing too often, so as not to look suspicious.

  • Craigslist (or other websites with a similar function): Do this if you want cash, or if you don't feel comfortable hooking up your bank account information to an illegal venture. The downside here is that you have to meet people in real life, so you could be walking into a sting operation by your local police department.

  • OpenBazaar: This is the safest way to sell things online. You can be completely anonymous, and all of your payments will come in Bitcoin. The downside to this one is that not that many people use it, Bitcoin transactions are bad for the environment (because each one uses an atrocious amount of electricity), and you'd have to convert your Bitcoins into real money, and the people/institutions that do this usually take a percentage of the money you're converting as a fee.

  • Yard sale: I'd only do this as a last resort. People don't come to these to buy electronics, they usually come to buy miscellaneous household items (and at rock-bottom prices). Ironically, you'd also have to worry about people stealing merchandise from you.


$5,000 is pretty steep, but not impossible, if you follow these guidelines. Given what you've said in your post, I think you can make it work. Good luck.

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youbuyingweselling wrote

i made 10,000 last year well within a month. 5,000 is not steep, lol.

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youbuyingweselling wrote (edited )

first ebay and then building a relationship with the buyers and taking business off ebay and just being my own fence. i was doing a lot of international shipping in bulk for people, so id send like 5-10 of the same jacket or item in the different sizes. the problem with selling stolen stuff online is that you are not going to get full price for it no matter what anyone tells you. your looking at 50-60 percent off retail at best. so you really got to hustle. i pay attention to what is selling and you start to notice trends. there are plenty of niche items but me personally, i dont like holding on to merch.

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youbuyingweselling wrote

tbh dude, it shouldnt be that hard for you to make your goal by that time. especially if you have been opening cases. you obvs know what you are doing, just increase it, ditch the lists and pay attention to buyer trends and what is selling. childrens toys are also a huge one and you can sometimes get close to retail on the resale depending on the item.

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youbuyingweselling wrote

i would never sell at a yard sale. i use ebay and always have. the end goal is to build a personal relationship with a buyer and to take the transaction away from ebay and into private exchange which has happened more than once. there are ways to circumvent my information from not being shown and essentially using a fake account. i do not worry about this.

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Thanksreddit wrote

Wait what have you taken from cases?

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Lurkerz1 wrote

Sell on mercari.com and as far as sustainable items sell Fuji instax cameras and film, high-end makeup do your research as to what's best "I'm a straight Male and make decent $ on just makeup,midrange perfumes and colognes sell decent, Portable hard drives and SSD that like Walmart has go fast and copic sketch markers sell quick too. I'm sure theres more I'm forgetting but I'm over 400 sales on mercari now and all these items if listed for like 40-60% retail will always sell in a day worst case 2 days. My best advice is do your own market research until you know the exact price for any item to move fast, variety is key as well that way you can spread out the stores you hit.

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youbuyingweselling wrote

everything you named will sell for at least 50-60% of retail if not more. these are all higher end items and not the suggestions of makeup and art and crafts items (however i did make like 3000 off copics) you just have to do it with greater intensity and get some distance in between your trips. you will be committing organized retail crime, so i would suggest be cautious with any lists or other evidence that you have stolen before. that is even if you worry about that. im not a lawyer. you gonna have to burn stores in order to make money simple as that.

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Thanksreddit wrote

How and where did you get the watches? Were they breitlings or eco drives?

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Thanksreddit wrote

Lol, you need to lookup my posts more dilligently. Im trying to get me some watches and the locks are always on the other side of the counter. How'd you get in and get them out and do where? I'm not robbing a mom and pop jewelry store

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gofuckurself69 wrote

I would be careful posting this if I were you, fbi agents might be watching these forums, you never know xD

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ezoz wrote

Do you have any tips/tricks or a favorite method of lifting rather than just concealing? Any concealing tips other than blind spots?

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FatBubba wrote

Ditch that list of yours, as that will be used against you IF caught later on.

But maybe create a fake fb profile, and sell on there?

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ezoz wrote

What is your favorite lifting method for something that doesn't require any equipment?

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Whatchagonnado wrote (edited )

Stop stealing shit you want and start stealing shit that retains its highest value.

Edit: you stole a microwave.