How to Remove a Security Ink Tag.

Have you ever gone to the store, purchased an article of clothing, got home, only to find out that the security ink tag is still on the garment? Well, it’s happened to me on numerous occasions. Annoyed, I reluctantly dragged myself back to the store, receipt in hand and ask to have it removed. Sometimes it’s not that easy.

steal-signI had reservations about writing this post because I didn’t want to contribute to any criminal activities, but this YouTube video helped me and I wanted to pay it forward. So just a quick warning.       This post was written to assist innocent individuals (like myself) who need help removing a security ink tab from items purchased and NOT to facilitate thieves in  their crime.

Ok, (now that that’s off my chest,) what  happens when an out of town family member travels to the place where dreams come true (Disney World), buys your 6 year old princess the perfect and most befitting gown as a belated birthday present only for you to later discover that the security ink tag is still on the dress? We couldn’t just walk into Disney World and say “Oops you guys forgot to remove the tag.” We didn’t have a gift receipt to take to the local Disney store hoping that they could remove it. We DID have an excited 6 year old who was very anxious to try on her new gown.
The next best thing?…try to remove the tag ourselves…Yikes! We watched a few Youtube videos, found one with a tag just like ours and decided to give it try. Apparently, there are a million ways to remove them (who knew/), but this one was fairly simple.

All we needed was a knife, but we added the tape and garbage bag, not pictured.

1. We put tape over the ink compartments to minimize ink damage just in-case we messed up and the ink exploded. Also as an added precaution, my hubby placed the entire dress in a garbage bag.

2. We used the serrated knife to cut off the top of the non-ink side.

After cutting off the tip of the non-ink side, a spring and a metal disc. were exposed.

After cutting off the tip of the non-ink side, a spring and a metal disc. were exposed.

3. When we removed the tip, there was a spring and a metal disc inside which were easily removed and further exposed 4 tiny metal balls. We used the knife tip to remove (pluck out) the small round metal balls.

Once we removed two balls the other two literally fell out totally releasing the pin.

Once we removed two balls the other two literally fell out totally releasing the pin.

4. When the balls were removed, the top of the tab came off with no problem, leaving the ink compartments in tact. We were then able to safely remove the garment.

ink tab ink exposed editedIt took us about 15 minutes total and that was probably due to me stopping to take pictures every second. Some of the videos we watched demonstrated that once the ink gets on your clothing, it will not come out. Also that there is a bad smell associated with the ink. I wasn’t curious enough to experiment with bursting the ink compartments to test the odor.

The end result was one happy princess. She put on her gown and you would think that she was Princess Tiana herself. ( No your eyes aren’t going bad. Her face is a little blurry. I was playing around with princess edited blur face

The experience of removing the security ink tag myself was worth not having the hassle of figuring out where to have it properly removed. However, I hope I don’t have to do it again.

Have you ever purchased something where the store forgot to remove the tag? How did you resolve it? I’d love to hear from you.

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31 thoughts on “How to Remove a Security Ink Tag.

  1. Chris Carter

    Oh I am just so glad you figured out how to take that thing off! What a nightmare! Your sweet princess looks so so precious!!! (Even a bit blurry!! lol)

    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      When it comes to technology Chris, I’m still drinking milk…can’t handle the meat. So she stayed blurry. lol. I’m so glad it worked out. At least I know what to do if there’s a next time…I hope not.

  2. Joi

    I have had this happen numerous times, especially from one store in particular but I always forget to check before I leave. It’s so annoying to get ready for something and realize that that stupid ink tag is on there. I have never had it happen from an out of town purchase thought. That probably would have driven me to act as you all did and get on the computer and figure it out. I haven’t thought of removing it myself previously..always been to afraid to ruin the item. THanks for sharing this. I’m glad it worked out for you. I don’t think thieves are tuned into Defining Hope but if the post goes viral..your disclaimer was noted :)
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Haha Joi! I think my disclaimer was more for my sake, so I’d feel better about posting it. Thanks for that reminder (I literally LOL when I read that..almost choked). Back to the tag, it is so annoying. I never thought about actually removing it until now either. We even thought about cutting a hole in her dress to remove the tag. Glad it worked out too. Have a great week Joi.

  3. Eli@coachdaddy

    I think the store ought to give you a $5 gift card for every 10 miles you had to drive if you have to come back and have it removed.

    Oh, and it’s tough to perform this how-to while running from mall security. I mean, that’s what I’ve heard.
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      LOLOL!! I guess that rules out the thieves (not you of course) attempting this “how to” LOL. I totally agree with the gift card idea. Totally. (btw somehow your comment got in my spam folder, thus the late response)

  4. Michell

    WHO KNEW Hope…lol!!! That happened to my son when we went out of town…he ended up throwing the gym shorts away. One of earth’s greatest conundrums I guess…how you even got out of the store without the alarm going off, but can set the alarm off with ANYTHING metal when you enter that same store…go figure! So glad your little princess got to wear her dress, for if she hadn’t, that security tag would have been the least of your problems, lol! She’s adorable! Thanks for the info Hope…hope I’ll never have to use it(no pun intended). 😀 Have a wonderful week my friend!
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      LOL. Who Knew! I wonder the same thing… the alarm is supposed to go off before you leave the store. You are so right. My baby girl was going to put on her dress with or without that tag :) For her safety and our sanity, we had to remove it. Enjoy your week as well lady.

  5. Sherelle

    I’ve had those irritating tags left on my purchases too. It hasn’t happened a lot, but it is frustrating to have to go back to the store to have it removed…especially if you’ve already thrown the receipt away! Previous experience in retail has given me patience with this matter, as I know how easy it is to overlook these security tags with a rush of customers with many purchases. Your princess is gorgeous in her outfit!
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thanks Sherelle. I worked in retail for 30 days and I wasn’t on the cash I guess it can be easy to overlook, I’ll try to remember YOUR patience next time it happens to me.

  6. Mothering From Scratch

    {Melinda} Good for you! And your princess looks beautiful! I had that happen once. It was on a pair of shorts I bought and by the time I noticed it, the receipt was long gone. This tag was a little different. It wasn’t an ink tag. I think my husband was able to use a pair of pliers to get it off. We women can get very resourceful when it comes to clothing! :)
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thanks Melinda. We are resourceful when it comes to clothing. Good thing your wasn’t an ink tag, my hubby wanted to get the pliers out too. He didn’t realize our had ink in it. I had to stop him. lol

  7. Em K

    I’ve had this happen to me before, but luckily I wasn’t travelling so I just went back to the store to have it removed. glad to see you managed to get it off the princess dress successfully!
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  8. Brandi

    So glad you were able to remove the tag and keep your princess happy. I have run into this problem many times, but I usually catch it as I’m leaving the store as the alarm sounds. So embarrassing!!!

    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      hahaha…so embarrassing…but for whatever reason, sometimes the alarm doesn’t sound and you get home with the tag. I think I’d rather the alarm than having to drive back to have it removed.

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