Wardrobing is a form of return fraud. It is the practice of purchasing an item, using it, and then returning 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.

When shoppers purchase items with the intention of using them and then returning them, this is called "wardrobing."


Perhaps one of the most notorious examples of wardrobing comes from the film My Date With Drew, which was filmed entirely on a wardrobed video camera. The filmmaker purchased the camera from Circuit City, used it for 30 days to film his movie, and then returned the camera for a full refund.

See also


  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.
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