2.4 Ounces Of Paint Thinner Came In 10-Gallon Boxes

A.J. writes about her parents ordering some touch-up paint for their range. They wanted three bottles, but the company sent them four. The excess didn’t stop there, as you can see from these gargantuan boxes the paint bottles arrived in. Oh, for this much leg room on a flight.

She writes:

This was the most insane use of overpackaging I’ve seen in a very long time. The four bottles (were) packed together in one of the individual baggies (which held only one bottle). They could have easily put these into a FedEx padded envelope and had them arrive safely.

We’re starting to wonder whether shippers are using the biggest boxes they can find in an effort to top one another in our Stupid Shipping Gang saga.

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  1. chaesar says:

    unless the OP was charged for this, I’m not sure it’s a big deal

    at all

    • georgi55 says:

      YEAH let’s just waste as much as resources possible!! WOOT.

      • chaesar says:

        I’m almost done with my scavenger hunt list, there’s just one thing left. All I need is “Exaggerated response from a Consumerist commenter.”

        Thanks! Now I’m done.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      It’s not about being charged, though I’m sure that would warrant a consumerist post, but it’s about companies being inefficient while raising prices, aiming the shrink ray, cutting back on coupons and other benefits, and all the while trying to tell people that they have to do it because they’re seeing higher costs and a tightening economy.

      • Randell says:

        Inefficiency would be to have multiple size boxes for different items they do not sell a lot. If they purchase one box size for all items that is likely more cost effective than buying a smaller box for an occasional order.
        Here is the real question, Did they get what they ordered at the price quoted? Seems they got MORE. Get over it already

    • burgeab says:

      What if they ordered a refrigerator, it would show up in a box bigger than their house.

    • The Marionette says:

      It never is a big deal but they make it into one. “omg they sent me a bigger box than i needed” and tan…..errmm….. consumerist being the way it is will post it anyways.

  2. rookie says:

    we don’t need no stinkin trees!!!

    In all seriousness, folks, there will be times when a shipping department will actually run out of the correct size boxes needed to expedite a customers desires.
    Does this company have a record of short-sightedness?
    Does the head of shipping need help with inventory?
    Is the…

    never mind…

    • Griking says:

      I agree.

      If we order a product from a company and they’re out of small boxes they can either ship the product to us in a larger box or make us with until they get more small boxes in. Either way they’re in a lose lose situation because the customers are going to complain.

    • JoeDawson says:

      RUN OUT??? Geeze, i am responsible for ordering such things for my company, and while I admit this is much larger scale, when i get down to 25% or so remaining, I order enough to get us up to 100% so as to not run out.

      Its easy… Maybe i should be in charge.

  3. Optimistic Prime says:

    Paint thinner is a dangerous good, and as such must be packaged with special consideration. The OP would be really pissed it the paint thinner leaked in transit and ruined something of his. The extra packaging provides cushioning and prevents accidental release and is required per IATA (international air law).

    • Optimistic Prime says:

      Forgot to add… If it did come in a padded pack, the FAA would be called in and the shipper would get a nice little fine. You wouldn’t get your package for months.

    • perruptor says:

      And touch-up paint is not paint thinner, although it may have a small bit of paint thinner in it. The Consumerist headline is wrong.

      • Optimistic Prime says:

        Paint can still be classified as a dangerous good. It could be flammable or caustic, so the same applies. The only exception is latex/ water-based paints. Though those will cause havoc if spilled during transit.

  4. syndprod says:

    A.J. here, submitter of the photo… just to clarify, it is touch up PAINT, not paint THINNER, for those concerned about shipping hazardous materials. This stuff is like little bottles of White-Out. (Maybe the powers that be will change the post title? Plz?)

    • Jamie All Over says:

      look at the bottles though… I believe it’s classified the same as paint thinner. I know the ones we sell at Home Depot have all sorts of warnings and skulls on them.

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      pffft. good luck on getting the incorrect title changed.
      If you really need it changed, shoot an email to Phil. Might help.

  5. MrD90 says:

    So what did they order touch-up paint or paint thinner? Seriously doesn’t anyone at consumerist proofread their stories before they post them? This is 2nd time this week that I’ve seen where someone doesn’t know what they are talking about.

  6. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    The four bottles (were) packed together in one of the individual baggies (which held only one bottle).

    So ALL the bottles were all packed into one bag which only held one bottle? Is this one of those bags from Ultraviolet that uses a pocket dimension to store many things in no space?

    • RadarOReally has got the Post-Vacation Blues says:

      I need on of those to make more room in my fridge!

    • Propaniac says:

      My guess is that what A.J. actually meant/wrote was that it was possible to place all four of the bottles in one bag, but the company shipped each in its own separate bag, each of which was apparently in its own separate humongous box.

  7. Endless Mike says:

    As mentioned above, it’s classified as a dangerous good, however, it’s in small enough a quantity that it can be shipped as ORM-D. As such, it needs a “strong outer packaging” to be shipped, which a padden envelope does not qualify as. That said, this is still way overboard.

  8. burgeab says:

    Three bottles? , that range must be in pretty rough shape.