The Most Commonly Shoplifted Items

The Most Commonly Shoplifted Items

I read this interesting post on Yahoo Finance this morning. The post talked about organized shoplifting!

This is a big business in the United States where people sell products with a long-shelf life at flea markets like laundry soap, razors, shaving cream, deodorant, etc.

In the article did a survey of 125 loss-prevention executives in May and found the most commonly-shoplifted items. Chronic shoplifters try to steal high-margin items they can put up for online auction, sell to pawn shops or return for a full refund.

Here are the items retailers reported were most commonly targeted:

  • Cigarettes
  • Energy drinks
  • High-end liquor
  • Infant formula
  • Allergy medicine
  • Diabetic testing strips
  • Pain relievers
  • Weight loss pills
  • Electronic toothbrushes and replacement heads
  • Lotions and creams
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Kitchen Aid mixers

To show an example of what you can find on – check out this search result I had:




You may be wondering how much cartridges are regularly?

I just browsed on and I found the same Schick Hydro 3 Blade Refill 4 cartridges for $12.59

This is a savings of 28% over the regular price online.

It makes you wonder sometimes as to how some online merchants can offer margins so low?

Buyer beware!

Steven Zussino

Steven Zussino is the co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. He loves to help Canadians save money on groceries. He also runs the blog,