Seriously, Amazon, could you ship things in larger boxes?
When I was growing up we were not poor, but we weren't living in the suburbs. We did fine, the folks worked extra jobs and we had a $50 limit (total) for Christmas. That's $50 per child, total. Not a bad rule, actually. We appreciated everything we got.
My dad used to have fun with it by packing things in HUGE boxes. Like seriously huge. He'd pack an GI Joe Action Figure in a Dishwasher Appliance box that was bigger than us, then create a Russian Dolls situation with nested boxes. The house was full of boxes. I think the best one was when he put a kid's digital watch that played Space Invaders into a Refrigerator box. Wrapped in Christmas Paper and everything. Fabulous.
Now Amazon is continuing my Dad's tradition. I'd love to sign up for Amazon Prime, Amazon's pay-once, ship-all-the-time-for-free shipping program, but I won't.
Why? Guilt. Eco-guilt specifically. Over the size of the boxes that stuff comes in when you order from Amazon. The box-to-item ratio is out of control and then I'm left with the box.
I love Amazon, and I love being able to order Lido Cookies from Pepperidge Farms (they aren't carried in my town) at the same store I get DVDs, but when an HD-DVD of 300 comes in a box that my 2 year old is now building a fort out of, I think things are out of control.
What's the smallest thing in the largest box that you've received from Amazon?
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
Admittedly I usually batch things up – as there is no chance of any free delivery options. Disturbingly books are still 40-50% cheaper than from Australian retail outlets. And with the plummeting US dollar things can only get cheaper !
The final insult was the screw was inside an anti-static bag, with a electro-static shock warning sticker closing it.
Unfortunately, the Amazon Prime program appears to only be available for US addresses. Too bad, because I often end up paying just about as much on shipping / handling as I do on the contents of the purchase.
I signed up for Amazon Prime, though I wish it applied to items from other sellers as well. I figure with the amount of time/gas I save by shopping online, the extra recycled cardboard from an oversize box is probably still a net savings.
Most of the packages I receive from Amazon are in relatively appropriate sized boxes, but I have received the occasional oversized box. Nothing quite as large as the one in the picture, though. The funniest was when I ordered something really small and it came in a large packing box full of peanuts. It was almost an adventure trying to find the item in the box, kinda like "Which of these items isn't quite like the other?" on a grander scale.
It's great to see your son building a fort out of that box. Boxes make great toys in the hands of little creative people!
People often forget the other two R's (Reduce and Reuse). Personally, we save most boxes that come in the mail and then use them again later for organizing items in the storage, sending packages to relatives in other cities, etc.
I recently ordered a NAS and an miniSD card. Both shipped from the same Amazon facility, which happens to be in the same state, just east of me, but in two separate boxes--two same-sized boxes. The NAS was almost breaking the seams of the box, the SD card was bouncing around in the box with very little packaging to hold it in place. Heh.
Good luck on the fort^^.
What ticks me off more than the size of boxes used by companies are the number of folks who won't take the extra minute to break down their box and stick it in the recycling bin at the local collection center, so the bins tend to have boxes in them on a regular basis and end up in the landfill.
Kids sure do grow up fast, Scott. I remember when my boy was about that size. Enjoy the time with him!
- 2 boxes of fruit and vegetables packed as tightly as possible (often bruising the fruit)
- 1 plastic bag of frozen stuff
- 1 box of dry stuff (packed tight and very heavy)
- 1 box of refrigerated stuff including a few 8 oz. yogurts (again packed tight)
- 4 boxes containing one 8 oz. yogurt each
I understand that they're being packed by different regions of the warehouse until you get to the refrigerated stuff. They obviously are packing the refrigerated boxes at the same place because there are some yogurts in the refrigerated box, and then one per box after that.
The only explanation I've come up with is that they have some sort of box quota they have to fulfill.
I like the cardboard box fort idea. You can even buy cool "box rivets" that can be used to create huge cardboard creations.
And I just have to wonder, what would Mark Miller say about all this?
So you paper stuffin, envelope lickin, oversized box packin, popcorn lovin product packer! You sir, are dumber than me!
Well, maybe next time you can order several Lido cookies with your next DVD and you won't feel bad if they used the same box size.
So did you make your Amazon Prime decision *after* this DVD purchase or before? Otherwise, why are you still buying from them?
We should be more proactive about issues like this. Contact Amazon and let them *know* you're not happy with them being wasteful. I am sure enough complaints will make them do reconsider their box sizes. This also doesn't make sense economically. It pay more shipping costs with bigger boxes.
I've also had the pleasure of receiving numerous other packages which I've wondered what was in the box only to find out that it was something tiny.
Perhaps they have a minimum purchase deal with the packaging companies :)
However... yeah, it's kind of insane. Reminds me of that one girl's iPhone bill that came in a BOX.
The smallest item I've gotten in a large box was an SD card in a box over a cubic FOOT in size.
Should I cash it..?
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98.61% compression. That's like RARing an IIS log file.
However, I have to disagree with your stance on Amazon Prime -- why not sign up for Prime, and donate your savings to your favorite conservation fund?