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Wardrobing is a form of return fraud where an item is purchased, used, and then returned it to the store for a refund.[1][2] It is most often done with expensive clothing - hence the name - but the practice is also common with tools, electronics, and even computers. To prevent this practice, some stores make certain items, such as wedding dresses or Christmas decorations, unreturnable. Some observers classify wardrobing as a form of shoplifting.

Brian Herzlinger's independent 2004 film My Date With Drew was filmed entirely on a wardrobed video camera. Herzlinger purchased the camera from Circuit City, used it for 30 days to film his movie, before returning the camera for a full refund.


  1. ^ Kim, Eun Kyung. "Bloomingdale's new b-tags block used clothing returns". Today Money. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  2. ^ Buchanan, Daisy. "Wardrobing: why returning worn clothes is the latest fashion". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 April 2015.