Quickly Remove a Store Security Tag

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So my neighbor ordered some stuff online from a big chain dept store, and when it came it had a store security tag on it. She came to me and asked if I knew anything about removing it without activating the GPS module and releasing the dye pack and nerve gas. I told her I would see what I could do....two minutes later I returned unharmed with her garment in one hand and the evil device in the other fully intact. 



The purpose of this Instructable is for informational purposes only. Any use of this information for purposes other than removal of such device from a purchased garment is highly illegal and punishable by fines and jail time. 

Step 1: What You Need.

These mysterious devices are rather simple devices. While they can be mutilated off with a pair of snips, a screwdriver and a pair of pliers, they can be removed much easier with a high powered magnet. I used a hard drive magnet and a light touch.

The purpose of this Instructable is for informational purposes only. Any use of this information for purposes other than removal of such device from a purchased garment is highly illegal and punishable by fines and jail time.

Step 2: Set Up

Security tags differ in shape and have various configurations but all utilize the same locking mechanism. Its a simple spring & and clip. That security device remover is nothing more than an electro magnet. Place your magnet on the table and position the tag bottom side down.







The purpose of this Instructable is for informational purposes only. Any use of this information for purposes other than removal of such device from a purchased garment is highly illegal and punishable by fines and jail time.

Step 3: The Removal

When you place the base of the tag down on the magnet, you will hear it click. Manipulate the pin up and down and it will come out.
No muss no fuss and the tag is still fully intact. 





The purpose of this Instructable is for informational purposes only. Any use of this information for purposes other than removal of such device from a purchased garment is highly illegal and punishable by fines and jail time.

Step 4: Legal Ramifications

Shoplifting is illegal. You can go to jail and face heavy fines. This Instructable is for informational purposes only. It is also not funny to slip a tag on your friends coat when you go to the mall...well, maybe a little.

Lex



The purpose of this Instructable is for informational purposes only. Any use of this information for purposes other than removal of such device from a purchased garment is highly illegal and punishable by fines and jail time.

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lisacorbell

9 days ago on Step 4

I work for IT and have several of these magnets including the much larger ones but for some reason it hasn't worked on two occasions with two tags like this. Idk how it couldn't but they did loosen them up to be pried/pulled apart eventually.

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Lextonelisacorbell

Reply 8 days ago

I've found some heavily used tags to be a bit finicky (I think that's why they leave them on). If you hold the tag above the magnet (not on it) and move it around and through the field, you will hear and feel it click. Lightly wiggle the pin side to side. If you try to apply constant upward pressure or yank it hard, it just locks it up. Pulling too hard can bend the mechanism inside and make it even harder to get off.

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lisacorbellLextone

Reply 7 days ago

Well thank you Sir, I hadn't even thought of that. Patience is a virtue after all :)

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LextoneLita falidaL

Reply 2 months ago

It should. Any strong magnet will do. Give it a shot and see.

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KennethS132

1 year ago

Bingo! I've waded through a zillion goofy "procedures" calling for freezers and Dremel tools and forks. Place strong magnet near back, easily remove pin. Done.
THANK YOU!

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instructew

2 years ago

I don't have a hard drive magnet. Was wondering what is the pull force of the magnet you used?

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KennethS132instructew

Reply 1 year ago

Refrigerator magnets and the like won't do it. I had a crazy strong but small rare earth magnet left over from a science experiment. It made the mechanism click when within maybe half a centimeter. Mine looked exactly like the picture sunrise22 posted.
HTH

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Lextoneinstructew

Reply 2 years ago

Its a pretty strong neodymium magnet. I don't know the actual pull or gauss of it.

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LREN18

1 year ago

Most of the security tags come off with magnets like you showed. A few require a hook like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078TPM5RD

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BruceK26

2 years ago

seriously? I have a magnet strong enough that it has a pacemaker warning and is strong enough to lift my floor jack off the floor. I see no one who this has worked for but you. I learned how to get out handcuffs quicker.

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r33verBruceK26

Reply 1 year ago

Just because it didn't work for you, or because the magnet you used was TOO powerful (yes, that's possible in this instance), doesn't mean in any way, shape or form that it doesn't work... It's funny, because if you actually work in a place that has the tool to remove hem, or have access to one, or order one online, you will IMMEDIATELY find it to be a powerful magnet. It's not rocket science, although... Stuff like this (magnets) is like magic to simple folk... Maybe go somewhere else and try to discredit things that are legitimate. So unfortunate. :-(

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Lextoner33ver

Reply 1 year ago

The perils of authoring on a public forum.

Happy holidays!

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LextoneBruceK26

Reply 2 years ago

You created an account to leave one post on this Instructable? You sir are a troll.

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BruceK26Lextone

Reply 2 years ago

No not necessarily; it was the first time I had to look something up I couldn't figure out for myself, you however are arrogant! not one comment said your system worked for them they all said it was a good idea

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DanielL544

2 years ago

A good tecnique. The one I ended up using for lack of a good magnet was a 3.5 inch half serrated knife

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sunrise22

2 years ago

Thanks to Lextone for this instructable. This technique worked for me. I too used a neodymium magnet from an old hard drive. Some perseverance is required - it took me about 90 seconds of trying before the pin slid out.
As Lextone says, you will know that your magnet is strong enough if you hear the mechanism clicking as you move the magnet around the end away from the pin. To perform this test, place the pin next to your ear. Move the magnet around about a quarter inch away from the other end (i.e., the base of the tag). If you do not hear any clicks then you need to find a stronger magnet.
Many of the tags I have come across have a rounded base as in the attached picture.

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Lextonesunrise22

Reply 2 years ago

Glad you found the Instructable helpful. It does take a little patience and a strong magnet. Thanks for sharing your insight :)

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Maxzf

2 years ago

I have serious rare earth mags. What is the max time I should have work it before I'll know if it's one that will work at all?