Unlimited Lock Cylinder Shims

Buy new stuff and get free lock shims!

Almost everything purchased from a physical store these days has a magnetic anti theft device attached, or more often recently, inside the packaging where it is harder to remove while in-store!  Regardless of type, color, or placement, there is always at least one thin metal strip free floating inside each.

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Recovering the shims

Tilt the security device on it's end, then tap it on the table a few times to shake any free floating bits to the bottom of the container.  They are rarely clear on the back but it made for nice pictures!

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I use scissors to cut open the container, but try to get as close to the top as possible; static can prevent the strips from moving even when shaken.