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Bloomingdale’s Black Tags Curb $8.8 Billion Fraud Bill: Retail

Returning a party dress the day after a big soiree is getting harder to do.

Instead of just tagging merchandise before it’s purchased to prevent theft, the Bloomingdale’s department-store chain is keeping some garments tagged after they’re sold, too. The three-inch black plastic devices are in visible places, like the front bottom hemline, so they’re hard to hide when the garment is worn. Once shoppers remove the tags, which can’t be reattached, they can’t return the item.