Ultra-Ink Tags, and clothing stores.
These little bastards are annoying as shit. For most of the time, the disinterested salesperson forgets to take one off, and, 3 hours later, when you're 60 miles away from the mall and home, you find it:
Shit, you think. now I have to go allll the way back, take my receipt which i threw out on the way to the car, and argue with the dumbass. This was my case yesterday morning. But, since i repair iPods and small objects in my spare time, i thought...
Not so fast.
These tags, far from being invincible, are quite easy to remove if you have a steady hand, some patience, and a few tools. Now, of *course*, i used this on stuff I had already bought.... but... this just might cause some local stores to see profit dips.
*Hacksaw or small hobby saw (smaller the easier)
*Torch, stove, some way to heat the X-acto blade to red-hot
*Needlenose Pliers (Pad the jaws with some felt or something.
Alright. So. Here's the deal. On the top of the tag, it says, Tampering May Cause Injury and Release Ink, or something similar. sortof like No User Servicable Parts Inside -- it invites me to open it up. How do we do this though? after three tags, i've perfected the process as follows:
1) Using a hacksaw, cut out a rectangle on the top of the main part -- pretty much the words. DON'T CUT TOO DEEP! you'll shatter the two ink vials inside.
2) Use the needlenose pliers to CAREFULLY remove the rectangle you cut out, and then proceed to demolish the rest of the top bubble on the top part. eventually, you should have it completely off, and all that will be left is a flattish part with two vials of ink, blue and yellow, under a plastic tab.
3) Heat up that X-acto Knife and use it to cut the clear plastic tabby holding the ink vials in place. Make two cuts, one on either side of the center pin.
4) Use your X-acto knife to CAREFULLY pry out the two pieces of the tab, being sure to lever against plastic, and not the vials.
5) Then, use your Xacto knife and some wadded tape if need be to get the vials out. Or, just turn it upside-down and whack. the vials will probably break, but it won't go on the shirt at least.
6) Then get the wire cutters, and cut the now exposed peg (it used to be going through that clear plastic thing you cut up)
7) take off the shirt, you're done!
IF YOU BREAK THE VIALS!
turn it over immediatly so the ink falls *away* from the shirt (Turn the writing part so its facing the ground)
If you get ink on the thing, use mineral spirits and water immediatly, and most of it will come out.