Amazon Maintains Equilibrium, Sends Out Comically Under-Packaged Boxes Too

Amazon Maintains Equilibrium, Sends Out Comically Under-Packaged Boxes Too

We are glad to see that, in an effort to keep things consistent across their global retail operation, Amazon is also comically under-packaging some boxes. Reader EG’s box of light bulbs bumped their way to his house, and he is not pleased.  [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]

Reader Fairly Certain That Men Are In Charge Of Shipping Bras At Kohl’s

Reader Fairly Certain That Men Are In Charge Of Shipping Bras At Kohl’s

Amy was disappointed with the condition that her bras arrived in from Kohl’s. Men, she insists, are in charge of packing the store’s lingerie. Or–let’s be inclusive here–people who have never needed to wear an article of clothing that has underwires. Or a molded cup. Not even all women understand the care with which delicately-constructed undergarments need to be handled. [More]

Amazon Is Very Concerned Someone Will Get Hurt Lifting This 4.65-Lb Box

Please, be careful.

Consumerist reader Charles might have thought Amazon had thrown in some barbells or maybe a spare anvil it had lying around the old warehouse when he received the above package. But that’s not what he’d ordered, and it wasn’t what was in the box. [More]

Apple’s Stupid Shipping Gang Sends 93 iPads To Same Recipient In Separate Boxes

Apple’s Stupid Shipping Gang Sends 93 iPads To Same Recipient In Separate Boxes

Everyone at Phil’s office is mad at Apple’s shipping department right now. Well, Phil’s fingers are, their Fedex guy is, and whoever takes out their trash is. That’s because when his company bought 93 engraved iPads, Apple channeled the Stupid Shipping Gang and packaged up each one in a separate box. [More]

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Former Sears Employee Attempts To Explain The Shipping Gang’s Apparent Distaste For Boxes

There are some retail processes and procedures that no matter how often we write about them, we just can’t wrap our heads around the logic behind them. If there even is any, of course. That’s why we were happy to hear again from our friend, a former Sears employee who just so happened to work in order fulfillment for the company. He wrote in to shed some light on why the company would ever ship something without a box. [More]

Hey, it's in box already. Who needs another one?

Sears Apparently Saving On Shipping Costs By Sending My Item Without A Box

Here at Consumerist HQ we’ve seen more than our fair share of items that have been ridiculously over-packaged, which while it’s a wasteful, silly exercise in shipping, it’s probably preferred to receiving a battered item. Consumerist reader Hui has a bone to pick with Sears’ shipping gang, as the company just can’t seem to find a simple box to send his items in. [More]

All byyyy myyyyself...

I’m Just So Relieved My Chalk Pen Arrived Safely Encased In This Huge Bed Of Air

Sometimes we think Amazon’s band of size-blind, extra packing material enthusiasts are sleeping on the job, neglecting to amuse us with their funny ideas about shipping things in ginormous boxes with too much packing material. But then they pop up and surprise us and we remember why we started paying attention to them in the first place. [More]

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Ex-Stupid Shipping Gangster Explains Why Your Purchases Are So Poorly Packaged

Reader T. would like everyone to know that the members of the notorious Stupid Shipping Gang aren’t necessarily stupid. There could be a perfectly valid reason why your bubble wrap is wrapped in bubble wrap, a small clock comes in a box large enough to store your fiancée, and every ten-foot power cord requires its own wooden pallet. They’re just working with what they have, within the rules they’re provided, and trying to get your item to you in one piece. On their end of the transaction, these decisions aren’t so stupid. What seems wasteful to us consumers may actually save the company money.
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This package is safe.

Soap.com Sends Me Flour, Oats, Hot Sauce, Air

Anoop sent us a photo of his very first Soap.com order, labeling it “the most egregious overpacking [that he's] seen.” We’ve seen worse, but it’s still pretty bad. [More]

The gift card arrived safely.

Best Buy Makes Sure Gift Card Arrives Safely, Sends It Packed In Air Cushions

Kevin took advantage of a totally amazing Best Buy deal where he could buy a $100 iTunes gift card for only $80. The card came in the regular old mail instead of being virtual, though, and Kevin assumed that it would arrive in some sort of envelope. What with it being a small, flat object and all. But no! Instead, Best Buy sent it along in a cardboard box filled with air pillows. [More]

No, this seems like a great idea.

The Body Shop Ships Glass Candle Holder Loose In Box, Makes Up For It With Fabulous Customer Service

The lovely scented candle that Todd ordered from The Body Shop arrived on time and all, but smashed. It came in a glass holder, and no one working at the warehouse seemed to know that when you ship an item made of glass, you should put some kind of packing materials around it so it doesn’t end up pulverized into little shards that cut Todd’s hand. For example. Trying to get through to their customer service, though, added figurative insult to his literal injury. [More]

Plenty of room here.

Of Course This Ginormous Box Was Necessary To Ship A Package Of Staples

Based on some of the outlandishly large boxes stuffed with layers of paper or an overabundance of inflated plastic packing material, we’ve got to surmise that certain retailers just don’t know about padded envelopes. They must be unaware of such shipping material, otherwise there’s no logical explanation for sending a $1.35 box of staples in such a ridiculously huge box. [More]

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Did Amazon Need To Pack My Order Of Bubble Wrap In Bubble Wrap?

When you place an order for a material that is itself used as packing material, you might be surprised to see that your order comes surrounding by other packing material. But there may be a method to this madness after all. [More]

Amazon Keeps Sending Me Dinged-Up Graphic Novels

Amazon Keeps Sending Me Dinged-Up Graphic Novels

Yes, buying used books can save a lot of money, but Spencer went to the trouble and expense to buy a new copy of the trade paperback he wanted from Amazon. A Star Wars graphic novel, thank you very much. Only Amazon was unable to send any books to him in mint condition, or without getting banged up in the box or puny padded envelope. [More]