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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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.
It 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 picmonkey.com)
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.