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How do I remove a security tag from clothes?

Asked by MCBeat (164points) October 11th, 2010

I just bought an RVCA jacket at Sun Diego and arrived home to find the security sensor tag still snugly attached to the jacket that the lady forgot to take off. It’s right on the seam of where the jacket meets the hood, I tried prying it off but there’s no way it’s nudging, and I don’t want to tear the jacket. I don’t have the receipt on me and already ripped off the paper tag so I don’t necessarily have the option of going back in the store and having them remove it for me. Lame.
I heard of a couple options from some friends, that I can buy a magnet or apparently there’s a certain kind of hook that will remove the sensor. However, I have no idea what kind of magnet I need to get, how big it should be, or WHERE I can get it. Can you guys help? Or where can I get this ‘infamous hook’??

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mrlaconic's avatar

As someone who has tried this before I will just say be careful because some of those things are loaded with ink to stain your hands / the item in case it is not properly removed.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I would call the store first and explain the situation to them to see what they can do to help you. Depending on the exact type of tag, it may or may not be possible to do yourself.

MCBeat's avatar

Okay I’m researching online I might need a N45 grade magnet… anyone have any idea where I can get ahold of that without having to buy it online? I live in San Diego.

faye's avatar

I agree with calling the store and I’d say, beg for help. My daughters never keep receipts, I have receipts for everything!!

Blueroses's avatar

It happens sometimes. I bought a great leather jacket on a road trip, the alarm went off and they waved me through, knowing I had paid. It wasn’t until 2 weeks later I unpacked and found the security tag under the arm. Who keeps receipts when you know you love the purchase?
I called the store and their great customer service rep called the closest retailer to my house (completely different stores), explained the situation and asked them to remove the tag.
No big deal. They had no proof of purchase via phone but accepted that mistakes happen, fixed the problem and retained a customer.

mcbealer's avatar

If you paid with a credit/debit card, most stores are able to look up the purchase easily enough if you no longer have the receipt.

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