Megalomaniac

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Megalomaniac wrote

Barcodes themselves do not trigger alarms. Occasionally there's rfid barcode stickers that can be placed over the mfg's barcode but could can just peel them off most of the time.

Some MTG boosters DO have security tags. They're not on every pack, and they're (almost?) always on the outer cardboard pack. In my experience they are never in the foil packet themselves though. Can't comment on the bigger boxes. If you can't get rid of the cardboard then some people use scales to weight various TCG/CCG booster packs to better their odds for rarer cards, and the security tag will obviously add more weight so.. bring a scale and just don't pick them up. https://youtu.be/oitwgUPSr7k?t=74

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Megalomaniac wrote

Done this about three times this year with no problems. Couple smaller priced items and the last one was the first big one of around $250ish. That was in September. Figured will do it one more time this year either around Black Friday/Cyber Monday or closer to Christmas for obvious reasons.

Probably limit it to once a quarter (and maybe even less) depending how much the items in question are and how frequently you make purchases in general.

Though yeah, when you're able the refund/return thing is the better option.

Doesn't always have to be the exact same thing either - just say they sent the wrong item. Buy/acquire the cheaper model or Brand in store then swap it with the version you order. THAT probably want to do less often as well though.

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For some reason it appears they're shipping all three games in three individual packages and arriving on three separate days. So only going to try this with one of them. Will update in a few days.

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Megalomaniac wrote (edited )

Googled the phone number and came up with this:

https://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/do-i-need-to-pay-these-people-or-is-it-a-scam----8-2515249.html

tl;dr

This guy & guys like them sends out thousands of these types of letters on behalf of Target, Walmart, etc. hoping to get paid by people who don't question it blindly.

Most lawyers/defense attorneys recommend ignoring them.

Might threaten to sue, but more than likely they're not because out of the jurisdiction.

"It's not a scam, but the general consensus among criminal defense attorneys is to recommend that you IGNORE the civil demands. Don't even acknowledge receiving them in the mail. They'll eventually quit sending you letters."

((This shit makes me want to shoplift even more now.))

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Megalomaniac wrote

Had a re-useable shopping bag for some groceries (frozen/refrigerated foods mostly)/the catfood, the lego thing wouldn't fit in a bag so just had it sitting at the bottom of the cart as I placed bags on top of it while checking out (if I did it again would probably put a large bag of dry cat food/litter on top of it), and the hair care products fit in two pockets.

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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.

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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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Megalomaniac wrote

Not seeing a link other than the image link which no longer works, but basically this is the same thing yeah? Think it's strong enough? And on any dual-use magnet/demagnet just to be extra safe could one cut it in half to seperate?

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Megalomaniac wrote

It really depends on the situation of the individual.

If there's zero "need" to shoplift then stop now (or extremely soon) if you're getting tired, afraid of getting sloppy, or just don't want to push your luck too hard. Especially if you have loved ones/dependents. That "one more haul" can easily be the last one. Even a pro can have one off day - all it takes is one a*hole customer to walk by at the wrong time and nark. Gameover. If it was me, I'd get one last thing I truly want above all else that's within my skillset & comfort level and claim it as a trophy.

If there's a "need" then immediately upon meeting it. Pay off debt, rent, whatever said need is and replace the income with an actual job. Maybe just a smidge over to have an emergency savings started. Kinda where I'm at. The second I can live without feeling like I'm drowning in soul crushing debt is the second I'm done. (So $4-6kish, but part of that's supplemented by legit income of course.)

If there's zero people that depend on the person, and they just don't give a damn then never stop. Seriously, some jails are better than being free. No debt, no bills, no unnecessary junk cluttering your life, guaranteed food & shelter, etc. Especially great if you're homeless or if being homeless is a better alternative to one's current situation. Not going to lie, there was one point in my life where I would have happily stayed in jail instead of having to deal with everyday bs.

Of course if one has none depending on them, this may very well be a part of who they are for better or worse. Maybe it's a rush, maybe it's fun, maybe they just want/need stuff & thangs, etc. and that's okay whatever the reason. As long as they know the risk and fully accept the consequences then go for it as long as they want. "Whatever makes one happy so long as it doesn't hurt anyone else."

Heck, sometimes I'll lift a bunch of necessities (soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, protein bars, etc.) around Christmas and summer and donate them to those in need. Fulfills my "need" to lift and does good for the world. Whether they choose to or not Walmart/other big entity can do some good for the world. 🖕

Just my perspective.