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ThatOneGuyWithTheFace wrote (edited )

You could do that, but it would be tedious and maybe make noise you don't want.

There's three options (afaik) for taking these.

  1. First is rare, but check to see if your store's AES towers are active and can pick up a signal from the soft tags (actually take the tag out to test this. You don't want to fail and be caught with merchandise). If not, then don't worry about removing them.

  2. If you see something like this ( unattended, you can use it to disable the soft tags. BUT BE CAREFUL, because they make a sound when they're used. It's not super loud, but it could attract someone to you.

  3. Just use a faraday/booster bag. It will block the signal completely. Easiest method as long as you can maintain your composer while carrying that thing around.


ThatOneGuyWithTheFace wrote

I've done this only for the specific reason that lifting at my usual spot is better at night, but that's when there's someone constantly at the door. So I take what I want at night and detach/open any tags or cases then stash it for the morning after when security is more lax.

Unless your situation is similar to this, I equally see no rhyme or reason for the method. You're giving them a chance to find your stash and (if they were supposed to be tagged, in boxes, wired, or in a case) probably look at the cameras before you come back.

Also, if they decide to investigate what happened to their inventory, they could have up to a month's worth of surveillance video. Those 2-3 days are just the one same act carried out in two unnecessary parts.


ThatOneGuyWithTheFace wrote

Forget about buying! Just do the lifter thing and snag one from Walmart! (Assuming the store leaves them at unattended registers)

WARNING!!: The detacher will have an RF thingamabob inside that will trigger the EAS gate. Take the detacher into the bathroom and pry it open to get rid of it.

That's how I got mine. ¯_(ツ)_/¯


ThatOneGuyWithTheFace wrote

Cameras aren't like in the cartoons. They're not gonna weave about and around obstacles to see you; and it's these obstacles that are your friends. If you can't see the camera, the camera can't see you.

When it comes to looking at where the cameras are, just try not to stare straight at them. Use your peripheral vision or tilt your head down but keep your eyes in the sky

After you have a good idea of where the cameras are, find a spot that none of them have a good sightline to and, if the spot is good for it, use it to stage or conceal your items.

Protip: Even if you see a camera from where you are, chances are that it can't see below your stomach. Crouch down and use that angle if you must.


ThatOneGuyWithTheFace wrote

Try to be a magician. Literally.

If you can easily conceal small stuff without anyone (or any camera) seeing you, then you're on the right track. (Ex. with a magnet in my pocket, I can pull it out in my fist, grab the top of a case with that hand, flip the lock while looking over the product, and then come back to just swipe it while I keep it out of sight.)

As far as confidence goes in confronting people, just try your best to think about other things and never suspect that everyone is out to get you. Try to make friends with anybody that talks to you (if they suspected anything, your calm and welcoming demeanor will easily erase that thought


ThatOneGuyWithTheFace wrote

Really just depends on how you resell.

In my case, I just go to where I know I'll get instant cash. Besides time and gas, there really is no cost to me.

Even if you sell online, as long as your sale is done in person, you can still avoid paying out of pocket fees.