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  • Amazon: 80lb Crossbow Pistol – Hunting – $19.99 (Reg. $59.99)
  • Shirt.Woot: Funny/cool movie snack shirt for $10
  • B&H Photo: Drobo DRO4DU10 4-bay, USB2.0 Robotic Storage Array for $350 (down from $500+)

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  • Mwave: OCZ Mini-Kart Micro-Sized 2GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Free AR
  • Buy.com: Save $100: Pentax Optio Z10 8MP Digital Camera $140 Shipped

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  1. Truthie says:

    While the Drobo price drop is a good deal, I don’t think it’s specific to B&H – the company introduced a new model and is clearing out the old model at a lower price. B&H is a good store though.

  2. savvy999 says:

    The USB drive is not free… still has $7 shipping… which is ridiculous given that the photo about it clearly shows it is the same size (and perhaps just as light) as a 42¢ stamp.

    Buy this, and it comes in a refrigerator box? Fodder for another article, perhaps?

  3. @savvy999: While true, I don’t work for UPS, and am only basing this on my dealings with them, UPS and FEDEX have minimum package sizes. You can only use the envelopes for shipping same day, next day, and 2 day. The lower end shipping, which costs you less, which more people want, and which the shipper gets a break on shipping require boxes. As for Amazon, if you look at your shipping label, you will notice a letter and number in the lower corner which will usually correspond to letters on the box. The computer picks what box or pack to ship the items in, and the person who packs it goes by this. This makes sense for a lot of reasons. One, it computerizes your box inventory, so you know how many boxes you have left and when to order more and the packer doesn’t have to keep track. Two, it probably lets UPS know how many boxes to expect for shipping and how many trucks to send. Three, it (mostly) ensures that your package is not packed w/o adequate protection. If you imagine how many packages Amazon ships from it warehouses everyday, yes, some will come woefully underfilled, but most are packed just right. It’s pretty much a bell curve.

    I think Consumerist needs to do an article on this. Contact the shipping dept of the major retailers or the major shippers, and find out what their minimum package sizes are. For one thing, it will eliminate people giving the “slow news day” post, but it will also explain why things are done this way. I highly doubt the CEO’s of the companies are sitting in offices overlooking the packing floor laughing diabolically when someone puts a microfiber cloth in a box that is 1000% bigger than the cloth.