Source tagging is when the security device (the strips and stickers that set off the tower alarms in stores) is put inside the box of the product before it is shipped out to the store. There are many products that are not source tagged, therefore you can walk out with these products without worring about setting off an alarm. Since you now have the product in its original packaging, you can sell it for more money. I'd like to start a thread where everyone can post electronic and higher priced items that they know for sure are not source tagged.
One way to check is to buy the product and carefully tear through the packaging at home and search for any security devices.
A better way to check is to buy the product in the electronics section of a store. The employee will scan it and deactivate it. Now go back to the shelf where you found the product and switch the deactivated one for a different one. Now when you walk out of the store the alarm will be set off if the product was source tagged, but if the alarm doesn't go off, you will know that the product is not source tagged.
Some products that I know are not source tagged are:
-Sony PlayStation 3 controllers
-Sony PlayStation 3 games
-PlayStation 3 accessories (I know games and cotrollers are not source tagged so I am assuming that most other accessories are not as well)
-Apple products (I know for a fact that ipods and time capsules are not source tagged so I will assume that their other products are not as well)
My fucking $200 Fujifilm S1500FD camera from Walmart had a normal "DR" sensormatic tag in the battery slot (it takes 4 AA's). Almost got the batteries stuck with that in there; wasn't seeing that coming.
Maglites (even the aaa version) have them proudly sticking in the blister pack. They are on the back.
Nearly all cell phones like gophones etc don't have them.
walmart is sloppy with their tag deactivation, at least the ones I shop at. They could care less to deactivate it half the time and the person at the exit just wants to see a reciept sometimes. Question: people claim loss prevention is at the exits, how come it's always old farts or a guy in a wheel chair? doesn't seem to be much of a fight to leave the store...
Actually because I was returning a camera that I got earlier for this one, the customer service forgot to deactivate my Fuji and as I was walking out the door, the lady (like 70) wanted a receipt. Looked at reciept, asked for camera, took my camera (box) and walked thru the sensors. Went off. She got this huge ass Sensormatic wand out and it beeped when she waved it over.
She let me have it, I walked out.
I could have had tags all over me/stolen items in my pants and just that camera was checked.
I have had a problem in a C&A store... I took under my jacket a sweater that I have checked many times for hard or soft tags and didn't found any. But when I passed the gates... Surprize! I was stopped.
i know that all lego sets dont set off the towers. and for me an easier way to find out is to buy 1 take it to the car, walk back in, grab another, and walk out other doors.. if it beeps who gives a shit if you have a receipt your golden. i got 6 extra games last night even though the towers went off.