Remove a Security Tag From an Article of Clothing

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Introduction: Remove a Security Tag From an Article of Clothing

I'm really not surprised a store forgot to do this, but in the end I was left to dealt with this.

When my Mom brought home her new pair of gloves, which she paid for not stole, she went to use them and found that the security tag (non-ink one) was still attached.

The following is a simple and very useful instructable to free your clothing articles.

Step 1: The Enemy and the Weapons

Here you have it. The super tight miniature pin that locks this device in place.

You won't need much if you have the proper tools.
- Ice pick or sharp skinny object (a pocket knife will work fine here)
- A pair of horse nippers. I highly recommend keeping a pair of these around at all times. They are basically a huge pair of toenail clippers, but super sharp. (heavy duty wire cutters will also work here, but might be a little harder to work with).
- A skinny flat-head screwdriver.

Step 2: Remove the Node

Start by taking your clippers of any kind and snipping the node off the back of the security tag. This might take a couple attempts, but removing as much as possible here will help you later.

Step 3: Remove the Foil

After snipping the plastic back, you'll find the culprit pointing through, a tiny spike of metal. Around it you'll also find a shinny piece of paper. Take any sharp object and scrap to remove this. You need direct access to what's beneath it.

Step 4: The Final Step - Leverage

There's only one last thing to do.

Take your skinny flat-head screwdriver and pry up just one side of the security tag. This is made of some high strength steel, like spring steel, and will take more effort then it looks.

You don't need to budge it much before the pin slides right out of the tag.

That's it!

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    Did this one have an ink pack? I assume not... Please be careful when attempting this on ink filled unit. As the store does not have to return the item, if you attempted to remove the security pack/tag. LoL ink packs are sooo funny when they blow/leak out onto expensive things.... ;)

     wait...... wats an ink pack????

    a security tag that sprays ink unless removed at the store (search for it in the let's make box

    Thanks for this, I had no clue how to remove it without damaging the item. We went through a self-checkout and the tag didn't beep on the way out, and the checker was only interested in counting the items in the cart to compare what was in the receipt. I could have wasted a 28-mile round trip because of the stupid tag.

    I bet if you return the item and make a huge fuss, they will give them to you at no cost. With the price of Fuel these days, having to drive back to a store to have a security device removed could cost more than the item did. Tell them, it's their mistake, why should you pay for the trip back.. Just my opinion. Of course if it's a $100 item they may not. A discount would be ok...

    I had them do this to me, but it was a DVD.. I went crazy removing the security device.. I ended up cutting it off with a dremel tool.
    I recently built a TV remote control kit, and for some reason every time I enter, or exit a store, it sets off their Security Alarms. I'm guessing the bare circuit board is mistaken for a security tag... Anyhow, I finally had to stick my project inside a small electronics part baggie. The Anti-static nature of the baggie blocks the alarm from going off. Now I can go into stores with impunity and turn off All their TV's using my made remote. It's harmless, after a few minutes they turn back on since they are in Retail Display Mode. It's just funny to watch people when the entire wall of TV's turns off... I'm the Diet Coke of Evil.. All the Flavor, but only 1 calorie.. Ha ha.

    Thank you SO much for posting this - I am in Australia and our tags are slightly different. I went shopping today and came home with my goods - all paid for and legit, went to try on the pants again for length and there is the damn tag. We live in the bush and town is 2 hours away so going back any time soon just for that was not an option - Helloooo Google; found your post - 2 minutes later job done- too damn easy - Thanks Mate it worked exactly as you said it would !!!

    It drives me nuts when I get home and the clerk forgot to take off the tag! Thanks for the handy instructable!

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting this -- someone donated a nice bag to our fundraiser but it had the ink tag still on it!! I just got it off with a little effort, as you said -- AWESOME!

    Thanks again!