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Hot Topic: Should stores ban large knapsacks and duffel bags to combat shoplifting?

Plus, you weigh in on eliminating the sales tax for secondhand items.
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To combat shoplifting, Giant Food stores in Washington, DC, are banning closed bags like knapsacks and duffels larger than 14” x 14” x 6” (but permitting reusable shopping totes).

You tell us: Should stores ban large knapsacks and duffel bags to combat shoplifting? Cast your vote here.

Circling back: Last time, we told you some retail executives were calling for secondhand items to be exempt from sales tax. Their reasoning? They think the tax constitutes double taxation since the items were taxed when sold as new and that removing the tax would encourage the environmental benefit of buying used items rather than new ones.

So we asked if you thought the sales tax on secondhand items should be eliminated…and you most certainly did. More than 9 out of 10 of you (90.9%) said the tax should be eliminated, while just 6.2% thought the sales tax on secondhand items should remain and 2.9% didn’t know or weren’t sure.

Retail news that keeps industry pros in the know

Retail Brew delivers the latest retail industry news and insights surrounding marketing, DTC, and e-commerce to keep leaders and decision-makers up to date.