Under-Packaging Items For Shipping Just As Stupid As Over-Packaging Them

Under-Packaging Items For Shipping Just As Stupid As Over-Packaging Them

John needed a lot of blank DVDs to start a project, so he ordered some up from OfficeMax. He regrets that decision now. While his package came addressed to the correct name, the DVDs arrived smashed up after bouncing around loose in the box. John actually longs for the comical overpackaging that Amazon’s Stupid Shipping Gang is known for. [More]

Shoplet Rules The Stupid Shipping Gang Forever, Sends Me Coupon In Box Of Air Pillows

Shoplet Rules The Stupid Shipping Gang Forever, Sends Me Coupon In Box Of Air Pillows

Ed ordered three big (by “big” we mean four feet by six feet) dry erase boards from Amazon.com. They came from a vendor called Shoplet. Everything seemed fine with the transaction until a mysterious box arrived on his doorstep alongside the boards. The box was tiny, unlike the boards. What was inside? Mounting hardware? Extra erasers? Free markers? No. He opened the box and was horrified at what he found inside. [More]

Mean ol' Stupid Shipping Gang.

Target’s Stupid Shipping Gang Subjects Tweezers To Extreme Solitude In Mostly Empty Box

It’s a cruel, cold world out there. If you’re a lucky pair of tweezers, you don’t have to go through that alone. If you’re unlucky enough to be sent away to your new home by Target’s Stupid Shipping Gang, you’re Consumerist reader Nix’s sad, lonely tweezers. [More]

Is This 2,550-LB Wide-Belt Sander Now The Heaviest Thing That Ships For Free On Amazon?

Is This 2,550-LB Wide-Belt Sander Now The Heaviest Thing That Ships For Free On Amazon?

UPDATE: No, it appears the sander has already been beaten by a few other contenders. Let’s just say lathes are really, really heavy.

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Amazon’s Stupid Shipping Gang Has Really Outdone Itself With This One

Amazon’s Stupid Shipping Gang Has Really Outdone Itself With This One

UPDATE: Sigh, the mystery has already been solved and has thus been rendered unmysterious. But we’ll make you scroll through our original musings first, of course. [More]

Stupid Shipping Gang Protects My Toilet Paper With Even More Wads Of Paper

Stupid Shipping Gang Protects My Toilet Paper With Even More Wads Of Paper

Amazon really cares whether your packages arrive safely, no matter what they are. How much do they care? Reader Tony reports that when he ordered toilet paper from Amazon, it arrived in a huge box stuffed with brown paper. [More]

Costco Sends Us Bale Of Cardboard, Includes Free Furniture Pieces

Costco Sends Us Bale Of Cardboard, Includes Free Furniture Pieces

Amy was familiar with the work of the Stupid Shipping Gang, but didn’t expect to see them in her own office. No, not in the shipping department: at Costco, the vendor that sent them some soundproof panels for the office. [More]

Walmart.com Ships 50 Small Boxes Of Crayons In 50 Large Cardboard Boxes

Walmart.com Ships 50 Small Boxes Of Crayons In 50 Large Cardboard Boxes

Members of the Stupid Shipping Gang have invaded Walmart.com, where an order of 50 boxes of Crayola crayons shipped not in one or two larger cardboard boxes, but each in its own cardboard box. [More]

Stupid Shipping Gang Keeping Plastic Air Pillow Industry Afloat

Stupid Shipping Gang Keeping Plastic Air Pillow Industry Afloat

Plastic bag air pillows are useful for keeping breakable items from bouncing around in a too-large box. We have to wonder, though, whether there are too many pillows out there in the world because of the hard work of the Stupid Shipping Gang. It could be that terrible boxing is responsible for artificially boosting sales of air pillows. [More]

Smart UPS Driver Balances Out Amazon’s Stupid Shipping Gang

Smart UPS Driver Balances Out Amazon’s Stupid Shipping Gang

Justin’s recent Amazon experience was his first encounter with the retailer’s Stupid Shipping Gang, Truth in Labeling Department. In that department, they take items that are already in a sturdy enough box and then slap a shipping label on it to send to the customer. This is practical and environmentally friendly…for the crook who just happens to walk by and need a worksite radio. [More]

Even Stores’ Own Employees Aren’t Safe From The Stupid Shipping Gang

Even Stores’ Own Employees Aren’t Safe From The Stupid Shipping Gang

If you think about it, it makes sense that retail employees have their own share of encounters with the Stupid Shipping Gang. They open and unpack a lot more boxes than we civilians ever do. Maybe stupid shipping just no longer fazes them. [More]

Stupid Shipping Gang Takes Over Newegg, Sends Cables In Huge Boxes

Stupid Shipping Gang Takes Over Newegg, Sends Cables In Huge Boxes

Matthew writes that he ordered one HDMI cable from Newegg, and got a box large enough to fit at least a dozen more. You could throw in a laptop computer without too much trouble, too, even though he only set his 15″ Macbook on top of the box to give us a sense of scale. [More]

Stupid Shipping Gang Seals Dog Food Bag With Stickers, Hopes You Won’t Notice

Stupid Shipping Gang Seals Dog Food Bag With Stickers, Hopes You Won’t Notice


Unlike most efforts of the Stupid Shipping Gang, Cheryl’s bag of dog food that came from Amazon wasn’t comically over- or under-packaged. It was comically over-stickered. At some point, the top of the bag split, and someone sealed it off with “TEAM LIFT” stickers, thinking…the customer wouldn’t notice? Yeah, we don’t know. [More]

Amazon Sends Pre-Smushed LEGO Set In Intact Box

Amazon Sends Pre-Smushed LEGO Set In Intact Box

Marc’s son likes to build LEGO worlds with his grandfather, who got him a super amazing Batman Arkham Asylum set for his birthday this week. It seems that the Stupid Shipping Gang got hold of the box, but not in a way that we might expect. Somehow, the box that the set came in had been stomped on, but the box that it shipped in was intact. [More]

I’m So Relieved That These Plastic Salt & Pepper Shakers Arrived Safely, Swiftly

You guys okay in there?

Consumerist reader Roy knows his stuff — there’s no messing around when it comes to scoring deals and as such, he keeps his peepers peel for the juiciest ones the Internet has to offer. In his pursuit of one item, he had to buy one other, tiny thing to make his deal dreams come true. The good news is, it arrived safely, and lickety split. The silly thing is, they arrived in the above packaging. Apparently Amazon doesn’t have the corner on the Stupid Shipping Gang. [More]

Macy’s Includes Free Mug In My Box Of Air Pillows

Macy’s Includes Free Mug In My Box Of Air Pillows

The over-packaging Stupid Shipping Gangsters don’t just work for Amazon. They’re everywhere. Reader Matt encountered the Gang when he made a purchase from Macy’s. He bought a pair of shoes and added a mug to make the free shipping limit. He received a box large enough to hold everything that he had purchased, and assumed that it did. It did not. It held only a mug and a great wealth of air pillows. [More]

Amazon Packs Your Snacks Extra Safely In A Box Ten Times Too Big

Amazon Packs Your Snacks Extra Safely In A Box Ten Times Too Big

Alex says that when a giant box from Amazon arrived on his doorstep, he was puzzled. There was a huge, huge box, but all he had ordered were some Munchies brand peanuts that were on sale. (Having Prime makes you do that kind of thing.) That couldn’t possibly be all that was in the box: there was enough space in there for hundreds of packets of peanuts. He had only ordered 32. So what was in the box? [More]

Amazon’s Stupid Shipping Gang Thinks Two Pieces Of Paper Will Protect My Speaker

Those pieces of paper are just protecting each other.

Consumerist reader Howard must’ve breathed a hugesigh of relief upon opening a box from Amazon containing his new center speaker. Some thoughtful, kind person had tossed in not one, but two thin sheets of paper, as protection against all the calamities that can befall packages. [More]