When times are tough, the temptation of a five-finger discount can push consumers to shoplift — and it’s not like people are taking just flashy duds or pretty jewelry. Baby formula, pregnancy tests, vacuums and kitchen mixers — many of the most common items are expensive and are therefore being shoplifted, according to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation.
It’s not just people stealing things for personal use, but shoplifters go for products they can sell for near-retail price, notes ABC News. A few new products to the list this year include KitchenAid mixers, educational toys and games, GPS units and laundry detergent.
So what are the most common items snatched? Some might surprise you, some might not (everyone needs to brush their teeth, after all):
Diabetic testing strips
Weight loss pills
Electric toothbrushes & replacement heads
Lotions and creams
LCD monitors & televisions