Just a thought, but if haberdasheries actually existed anymore and hired sales associates who knew t-shirts from tuxes and paid them what their knowledge was worth, then this sort of thing would not happen. Instead, we live in a world where labels are everything, as anyone who has sold anything on eBay well knows. And so it is not surprising that no one cares when it is reported. The only thing that is worth it to the store is the label, and since that was returned, there is no harm done. And most customers wouldn't care, either. All they want is that label. So, in a weird way, I have a grudging admiration for the thief. He is beating the retailers at their own game.
There is an utterly amazing old-school Mackinaw coat, classic black-and-red buffalo plaid, at the local Salvation Army that I would buy in a heartbeat if it fit me. Not only that, it has a down liner and is in true NWOT condition. I have never seen anything like that with a down liner, and they only want $26. So why don't I buy it? A, because it's a tad snug, and B, because it is made by Eddie Bauer. Now, anyone who has dealt with old-school Eddie Bauer (Nat, are you listening?) knows what I'm talking about when I say there was once upon a time no one who did down better than EB. It's a way-better coat than anything you could get from Filson today. But is also impossible to flip because it has the EB label. It would be unethical if I were to tear out the EB label and sew in a Filson label and flip it for $75 on a BIN, but I would actually be doing the buyer a favor. I wouldn't be surprised if it goes through the cycle and ends up at 59 cents. At that point, I'll buy it.