These are the 24 most shoplifted items

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These are the 24 most shoplifted items
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Retailers are already fighting for their very lives with the ongoing saga of store closures and entire chains going out of business.

But that’s hasn’t elicited any sympathy from the criminals! They continue to plague the beleaguered industry with what’s commonly called ‘shrinkage’ — aka shoplifting.

The 2016 National Retail Security Survey notes that shoplifting costs the overall U.S. retail economy about $45 billion annually. 

Of course, it isn’t just retailers that pay the price for shoplifting. We all do in the form of price hikes and strict return policies.

Read more: These 9 retailers are closing nearly 1,000 stores in 2017

Here’s what criminals are stealing the most from stores

Grocery

Cigarettes
Energy drinks
High-end liquor
Infant formula

Health and beauty

Teeth whitening strips
Pregnancy tests
Razors
Contact lenses
Cosmetics

Over-the-counter medicine

Allergy medicine
Diabetic testing strips
Pain relievers
Weight loss pills

Clothing

Denim pants
Designer clothing/handbags

Home

High-end vacuums
High-end appliances
Mixers
Children’s electronic toys
Laundry detergent

Electronics

GPS devices
Laptops/tablets
Cameras/recorders
Cell phones

The price we all pay for shoplifting

If you’ve ever had difficulty doing a legitimate return to a store, you’ve felt the effects of shoplifters.

Retailers have to practically treat you as a criminal when you go to return something — especially if you don’t have the receipt — because it’s so common for real criminals to try to return stolen merchandise for cash!

They’re just trying to protect themselves against organized crimes rings that make a living fencing stolen goods.

More and more stores now have those gift receipts if you ask. So be sure to ask for them to help make returns easier.

Some retailers including Walmart maintain databases by driver’s license that track how many returns you make over time. If they see you’ve done too many returns, they may shut you down next time you try returning something without a physical receipt. Even if it is a legit purchase!

There are a number of apps that will catalog receipts for you on your phone. All you do is take a picture of the receipt and these apps will catalog by date and store. That way you do have a proof of purchase always handy.

Read more: Here’s what happens to malls after department stores close

Clark’s take on Macy’s and Sears closings

Source: Clark’s take on Macy’s and Sears closings by Clark on Rumble

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Theo Thimou About the author:
Theo is director of content for clark.com. He has co-written 2 books with Clark Howard, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times.
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