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Every Fashion Student’s Nightmare: New ‘B Tags’ Make Clothing Return Fraud Nearly Impossible

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Eddie Jacob

I am sure we all have at least one friend who has bought clothing from a store, worn it, and then promptly returned it with the full intention of doing just that. Some say its clever, some say it is cheap, others think it should be illegal.

Well, without delving too much into the morality of the strategy, it is safe to say that certain establishments are starting to fight back.¬†Bloomingdale’s, for example, is now attaching self-dubbed ‘B-tags’ to dresses and other similar clothing items in the most visible spots.

If these tags are removed, it renders the item nonreturnable, thus leveling the playing field between the “clever” buyer and these goliath clothing venders.

These tags come in the wake of nationwide company policies being changed to address this apparently growing concern. The online branches of Bloomingdale’s are following suit, attaching the tags to all shipments above $150.

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It is intriguing that B-tags have mostly targeted dresses. A little sexist? Maybe, but sales officials said that, particularly in the dress categories this tactic, known as wardrobing, “cost the industry $8.8 billion last year” according to Daily Mail.

I personally do not see the problem with this change in policy. In fact, I encourage it. Wardrobing is definitely a form of return fraud, and if it is costing the stores that much, fire away.

Via Daily Mail, Photos via Bloomingdales 

Eddie Jacob

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