Loading...
Simply Chic Simply Chic Blog Home

Bloomingdales cracking down on returning worn clothing

The store adds new tags to clothes to prevent 'wardrobing.'

By Kim Anne Sep 19, 2013 4:12PM

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/APIf you’re planning on wearing that newly-purchased dress to a party tonight and then returning it the next day, you’re out of luck. Stores such as Bloomingdales are cracking down on the common practice of customers buying an item, wearing it once and then returning it. 

Bloomingdales BtagAccording to Bloomberg, Bloomies has implemented a new tagging system on clothing that makes it impossible to wear the clothes and then take them back. The new tags are three-inch visible black plastic devices that are left on and displayed on the outside of an outfit, even after the consumer purchases the item and leaves the store. Once they decide to wear the item, they must remove a tag from the item—the tag cannot be reattached, making it impossible for a consumer to wear a dress out that night, then try to return it the next day. 

“It is a delicate balance of loss prevention and good customer service, and the relationship has to be handled with appropriate finesse,” Rich Mellor, vice president of loss prevention at the NRF, told Bloomberg. The new tags are being implemented to avoid the common practice of return fraud known as “wardrobing,” an issue that the National Retail Federation estimates cost the industry $8.8 billion last year.

Tell us: What do you think of this new practice?

Subscribe to Simply Chic | Friend us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Find us on Pinterest

More Simply Chic...
Beat the TSA with vending-machine beauty products
The 80-year-old models that are rocking it
The 8 most controversial Urban Outfitters products

Photo: Kevork Djansezian/AP

1012Comments
Jan 6, 2014 7:11AM
avatar
You can still return worn panties.
Jan 3, 2014 4:01AM
avatar
     THESE ARE PEOPLE TRYING TO BE SOMEONE THEIR NOT.
Jan 2, 2014 3:16PM
avatar
about time, now what about electronics scammers who do the same thing for parties
Dec 30, 2013 12:29PM
Dec 26, 2013 10:54PM
avatar
It's about time. I'm sick of these people with money, now we know why they have it, wear expensive gowns and return them.
Dec 26, 2013 1:12PM
avatar
I  think it's about time. Buying an item knowing you will wear it once and return it is theft, fraud, whatever you want to call it, it's wrong and the retailers have the right to protect their honest customers and their merchandise.
Dec 25, 2013 6:13PM
avatar
A person has the right to change their mind , even after they take the tags off of it. For example , my mother will purchase 3 or 4 dresses ,take all the tags off of them to try them with shoes and purses to match at home . Then I have seen her put them back into the hangers and decide her jewelry is not quite right either for them. She goes back to the dress department and returns all of them. Bloomingdales will  ultimately lose more customers in this age bracket  unfortunately. This age bracket has much more to spend for charity events etc. than we do. She has done nothing wrong , right ?
Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

beauty tips and style advice

  • Randy Holmes\Getty Images // Magazine

    The 16 best haircuts of all time

    That elusive, perfect-every-day haircut can be yours. Don't be skeptical, now; these sweet, shorter styles are as easy to pull off as they are flattering. So chop chop!

  • g1

    20 brand-new wedding dresses that will make your heart sing

    The wedding dresses on the spring 2015 runways were beautiful, breezy, and fresh—just like a breath of warm spring air. No matter where or when you’ll say your vows (or how big or small your budget is), your dream wedding dress is just a few clicks away.

  • Getty Images
  • g1

    Finally: Your body’s best jeans

    There are no bad bodies, just bad jeans! Consider your denim problem areas solved (thanks to our 50-pair editor try-on).

  • Monica Schipper\FilmMagic

    6 steps to perfectly thick eyelashes

    Mascara wands are getting fatter, but that may not help your lashes. There's a better way to gain weight.

  • 1

    8 wardrobe staples to buy now that will only get better with age

    Three summers ago, I bought a pair of soft, white-calfskin Chanel loafers. I spent months trying to keep them pristine, but it wasn’t long before a July thunderstorm left them and me soaked. I began steeling myself for what I thought was inevitable: a solemn drop in the trash. But once the loafers dried, I found the shoes’ stained stitching—now storm-cloud gray—was lovely and a few new wrinkles in the leather were charming, like smile lines for shoes. I started to wear them freely—taking on puddles and tossing them onto the sand at the beach—and before long, they transformed. The roughened toe-tops reminded me of a welcoming, worn armchair, and a wet-and-hot summer had molded the material perfectly to my feet.

  • Makeup

    Wake up makeup: The 6 essentials you need to get up and go

    When the clock’s ticking, digging though every compact in your bathroom is an exercise in frustration. What you need is one simple bag with a selection of products that help you pull yourself together as quickly as possible, at home or on the road. In it:

  • a1

    All-American beauty

    You know the freshly scrubbed, athletic look that defines American beauty? Turns out it’s been centuries in the making.

  • Courtesy Sachajuan Stockholm

    17 products hairstylists hoard

    According to Hollywood's top hairstylists, celebrity clients get sticky fingers when it comes to these no-fail products.

  • Spanx jeans (Photo: Spanx)

    Spanx adds jeans to its range

    The American company that helped to popularize the shapewear trend has moved into the world of denim with a new jeans collection.

  • guess

    The must-know dos and don’ts of wedding guest attire

    What to wear and what to avoid the next time you attend a wedding.

  • hair

    5 hair mistakes to stop making before your wedding day

    Want the most gorgeous hair of your life for your wedding day? Of course you do. Hairstylist Jen Atkin shares the top mistakes brides make that are getting in the way of that picture-perfect bridal hairstyle

follow us
follow us follow us on facebook follow us on pinterest follow us on twitter
buzzing now on msn living
Loading...
about our blog contributors
Loading...
style videos
editor's picks
Loading...