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Old Jun 28th, 2010, 06:35 PM   #1
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Excessive packaging

Ever order a mouse from Dell and have it arrive in a box big enough to house a monitor? This site would be amusing if it weren't so disturbing:

HP excessive packaging world record put to the test ? The Register
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Old Jun 28th, 2010, 08:02 PM   #2
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Ever order a mouse from Dell and have it arrive in a box big enough to house a monitor? This site would be amusing if it weren't so disturbing:

HP excessive packaging world record put to the test ? The Register
Too funny. I got something like that from Sun. It was solaris on CD and it came in a box big enough for a mac pro.
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Old Jun 29th, 2010, 11:34 PM   #3
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Let's try and keep it on topic shall we?

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Not as bad as others, I ordered a two USB keys from a wholesaler in Vancouver who overnighted a box large enough to hold 5 or 6 very large textbooks with a ton of padding. Definitely didn't understand the rationale by the shipper.
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Sometimes it is done right

Long time ago when the earth was green, I ordered a magneto-optical drive out of Texas. It came in in what looked like a largish box. I figured jeez, another box filled with shipping peanuts.

I opened it up and there was a sling or cradle built into the box. As you opened the box, the drive was lifted up to remove it and as you closed the box, the drive went to the middle of the box and was totally wrapped in it's sling and was about 2 inches from touching any surface.

I thought it was the neatest thing and I have never seen it used since.
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I opened it up and there was a sling or cradle built into the box. As you opened the box, the drive was lifted up to remove it and as you closed the box, the drive went to the middle of the box and was totally wrapped in it's sling and was about 2 inches from touching any surface.

I thought it was the neatest thing and I have never seen it used since.
I wonder how well that sling actually worked for protection. While it would protect it from actual physical impacts, it could conceivably transfer the forces into the rigidly held drive. If the slings were made of some kind of elastic this would help. I found that from testing these type of devices as part of class exercise that the sling method is actually less effective then many other methods.

I remember receiving a windows cd in a box about the size meant for size 12 shoes from tigerdirect. I find Apple does a really good job for packaging.
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Old Jun 30th, 2010, 09:43 AM   #6
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Amazon.ca is bad for this as well. When I order a replacement ink (one cartridge) it comes in a box big enough to put a football in! Crazy waste.
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I wonder how well that sling actually worked for protection. While it would protect it from actual physical impacts, it could conceivably transfer the forces into the rigidly held drive. If the slings were made of some kind of elastic this would help. I found that from testing these type of devices as part of class exercise that the sling method is actually less effective then many other methods.
I can't say for sure, but the sling was plastic film so it did have some elasticity. I showed the package to a friend of mine who had worked in mines and he indicated that this was very similar to the way in which they transported dynamite.
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hey all Apple used to be really bad for this too, and for all I know still could be. I used to work for an Apple retailer and we used got two big pallets of boxes from Apple once on each pallet was AppleCare we thought it was an error as you could have put hundreds of those small AppleCare boxes on one pallet and we got two of them, well when you opened the first small box from the first pallet there was ONE AppleCare box in the bigger box. The funny thing was that the box that the AppleCare's were in would designed to fit 10 AppleCare boxes in.

Anyway we made a big stink about it to Apple but not sure if they ever fixed it or not.
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hey all Apple used to be really bad for this too, and for all I know still could be. I used to work for an Apple retailer and we used got two big pallets of boxes from Apple once on each pallet was AppleCare we thought it was an error as you could have put hundreds of those small AppleCare boxes on one pallet and we got two of them, well when you opened the first small box from the first pallet there was ONE AppleCare box in the bigger box. The funny thing was that the box that the AppleCare's were in would designed to fit 10 AppleCare boxes in.

Anyway we made a big stink about it to Apple but not sure if they ever fixed it or not.
Certainly on the retail side of things Apple's packaging isn't excessive. Everything I have ever bought from them... which is a lot, has only ever had just enough packaging to keep the product safe from bump and grinds () while in transit.
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Certainly on the retail side of things Apple's packaging isn't excessive. Everything I have ever bought from them... which is a lot, has only ever had just enough packaging to keep the product safe from bump and grinds () while in transit.
yes I totally agree but unfortunately the problem is that is not how they are shipped to retail stores, when you get them off the truck they don't look like how they are in the Apple Stores
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