bwqrdsaf

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bwqrdsaf wrote

1: if the alarm beeps, just keep walking. Pretend you never heard it. Best if you have a phone to make it look like you're engaged in a very deep conversation and didn't hear anything.
2: if you are stopped, don't hit anyone. This will make things much worse. Drop stuff then run. Most stores in US are hands off and will give up if you run.
3: if you drive your own car, park far away so the camera can't pick up plate. Better yet, park elsewhere and use public bus.

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bwqrdsaf wrote

Candy bars and LEGO sets at about 5 years old. Small stuff that fits in my pocket. I didn't get any of big ticket item until I was about 15 years old when I came across a badly secured portable TV. It was $250 IIRC back in the day when 2" LCD TV were new stuff and expensive as fuck.

Reply to comment by /u/DamnScalper in RFID vs AM? by /u/lift_fever

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bwqrdsaf wrote

RFID can't be changed (only deactivated) but generally scanner only looks for the bar code which are black and white stripes about 1" by 1" (2.5cm by 2.5cm) with 10, 12, or 13 numbers below it. Changing that will fool scanner but don't get too greedy like that one couple who used 29 cents notebook UPC on dozens of $25 baby formula cans.

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bwqrdsaf wrote

Generally if you don't hear a zapping sound and the alarm doesn't go off, the item you got are either not tagged at all or was a store return and previously deactivated. Those disposable tags are one time use and can't be reactivated. The exception are the permanent tags in spiderwrap and alpha cases, they can't be deactivated.

If you don't hear a zap but the alarm went off, the cashier may have not done it right or the deactivator was not working.

Reply to comment by /u/lift_fever in RFID vs AM? by /u/lift_fever

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bwqrdsaf wrote

If the sticker tag is flat and somewhat large like about 1" around, it's probably RF. Target and Toys R Us for example uses this. If it's narrow and thick (about 1/4" wide and 1/8" thick), it's likely AM.

RFID is different and is rarely used in shoplifter prevention in USA AFAIK. Each RFID tag contains unique serial number meant to be used for inventory tracking at warehouses and factories. Stores that uses RFID for security use would have scanner at each checkout to scan the whole basket or cart and ring up total in seconds so you could simply walk through, use smart phone to pay, and leave.