There are many crafty methods thieves use when stealing clothing in stores. You probably know the typical methods such as concealing in a bag or under their own clothing, but are you aware of some of the not so standard methods that are being used today? One trick some people use is called wardrobing, and it’s a little more difficult to prevent than a typical shoplifting incident. It’s tricky because the people actually purchase the merchandise. Some people may argue that it technically isn’t stealing, but it does cause a loss to the retailer. It’s kind of like getting a free clothing rental, but making it where the business can’t resell the clothes.
If you don’t know what wardrobing is, it is when someone buys an item, wears the item, and then returns it for a refund. This usually occurs with expensive clothing, and it’s not always about the price. As with regular shoplifting, some people actually have the money to purchase what they are taking. They know when they purchase the item that they are going to wear it once or twice, and then get their money back. An example of this is if someone needs a suit for a job interview or for an event, but they can’t or don’t want to pay for it. Not everyone does this just for special occasions, some people do this on a regular basis.
Although it is not the same as the shoplifting you see every day, it does cause a loss. Even though the merchandise is brought back to the store, it is worn and used. Trying on clothing for a minute to see how it fits is one thing, but actually walking around and wearing it is another. How many people do you know that would want to buy something that someone else had already worn for a day or two? Damage could also have been done to the clothing, which makes it unsellable. Who knows what they did while they were wearing the clothes, and you don’t want to pass that guessing game on to your customers.
So how do you stop this from happening in your store? Standard clothing security tags will not be effective in this situation because they are designed to deter or stop theft from occurring in the store. This is a different situation, and calls for other methods to prevent the loss. Some companies have now began fighting back by taking measures to ensure it doesn’t happen at their stores. One method they are using is to place special wardrobing tags on their merchandise. These tags are strategically attached to the clothing in order to ensure they cannot be hidden.
If the customer removes the tags to wear the clothing, the return will be denied if attempted. The tags still allow the customers to purchase the items and bring them home to try on, or even give as a gift. If they do not fit, and the tag is still attached, the return will be accepted. Applying the wardrobing tags to the clothing will discourage customers from trying to get the clothing without paying for it, because no one wants a big tag hanging off of their clothes when they are dressed to impress.
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