My first Pit thread.
I just opened a new DVD. I removed a layer of plastic wrap. And then I had to contend with three (count them) three plastic “Theft Deterrent” adhesive strips that sealed the three edges of the DVD box. As seems to happen about a third of the time, removing one of those strips started to also pull away the permanent plastic cover of the DVD. Copyright piracy is not a way of life that has any appeal to me, but now I wonder how the distributors think that this will reward customers who purchase legally. I would suggest that these would be more appropriately entitled “Purchase Deterrent” strips.
Being a homeowner, I have been known to shop at the big box home improvement stores. It’s twenty damn feet from the cash register to the exit, but I still have to show my receipt to prove that I didn’t have that 2x4 stuffed down my pants when I paid.
I have a membership with Costco. Same deal with showing a receipt at the door. Considering that I have to show a paid membership card to get in, I guess that distrust is just one of the perqs that goes with my annual fee.
I know that loss prevention is a real concern with retailers, but do these practices really do anything more than provoke honest people?