Stupid Shipping Gang Thinks Every Dog Treat Needs Separate Box

Dog treats shipped in separate boxes large enough to put a dog inside. A wallpaper border crammed on the edge of a box that could fit five more rolls. And a laundry rack shipped to a FedEx store in a box large enough for its purchaser to climb inside. These are the tales of the Stupid Shipping Gang.

Victor and his boxes of dog treats and animal parts from Petco kick things off:


We ordered two 36″ bully sticks (beef tendon chews) and three small bags of
treats for our dog from Petco. For some reason, this order resulted in
three separate shipments from them, in enormous boxes. I’ve taken a picture
of the two boxes with the bully sticks which are especially ridiculous. The
boxes are on top with the bully sticks in each, and the packing for each box
below. This does NOT include the third enormous box with the treats in it
because there wasn’t room in the frame. EVERYTHING could have fit in the
one large box on the left. Who is in charge of shipping at Petco and why
are they still employed?

This crazy shipping would make sense if the items came from different distribution centers, but it’s hard to believe that two of the same item had to come from different centers. Isn’t it?

Benjamin received a free roll of wallpaper border along with the box of free crumpled brown paper that he ordered.


This almost makes sense, since dented rolls of wallpaper are annoying. Shouldn’t the border be wrapped inside the paper, though, and not crammed on the side?

Meg’s example of stupid shipping is less extreme, but does include a picture of a cat. The item probably would have arrived safely wrapped in some extra plastic wrap, but Walmart sent it in a box large enough to climb into. She writes:


I recently ordered a folding, pop up drying rack from Wal Mart. I used the free Site-to-Store shipping option, which happily includes shipping to a FedEx office location (I live on Capitol Hill in DC, no where near a Wal Mart store). I got to the FedEx store, and there was an enormous box awaiting me. I thought I ordered the wrong thing/was shipped someone else’s order. The package wasn’t very heavy, but it was nearly as tall as I (5’5), twice my width, and on a windy January day it acted like a big, cardboard sail. Whee! I finally got home, and found my drying rack with 2 crumbled pieces of brown packing paper, and the shipping manifest. What on earth? Attached is the picture of the box, in relation to the drying rack, in relation to my cat, Neko. A little effort on the Site-to-Store to FedEx, Wally World.

It’s unfortunate that Meg doesn’t appreciate that Walmart sent her a free sled with her drying rack. We have a lot more snow here in upstate New York. I guess I need a new drying rack.


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  1. akronharry says:

    Was anything damaged?

  2. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    I don’t understand that first case. The OP ordered three bags of dog treats from Petco and also got a roll of wallpaper border? Where the heck did that come from?

  3. DovS says:

    I’m starting to think that some of the people working for Amazon’s shipping department have been deliberately using too much packaging in a competition to see whose stupid shipping can get shown on Consumerist.

    • dangerp says:

      Maybe, but this article is talking about shipments from petco, , and walmart. Amazon guys didn’t stand a chance.

  4. segfault, registered cat offender says:

    Th lst n s sy: Pt th ct n th bx, mrk t “rtrn t sndr,” nd th ct wll cs t b prblm.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      You’re turning into a caricature of a person. Pretty sad.

  5. hoi-polloi says:

    Meg’s other option would have been opening her very large box at the FedEx store, confirming it was her order, then kindly asking them to keep the packaging as she made her way home with the manifest and drying rack.

    The packing job on the roll of wallpaper was crap, but the only glaring issue here is the three separate shipments from Petco. At some point, a company has to decide it has enough variety in its stock of boxes.

  6. DeltaTee says:

    Was the football trophy you ordered damaged during shipping due to more than adequate packaging? (Hint: You can’t have it both ways.)

  7. laughingisfree says:

    just fold up the boxes and recycle them. be glad that nothing was damaged.

  8. jason in boston says:

    Nothing damaged? Then I don’t see the problem.

    Sometimes it is faster and cheaper just to use current stock vs trying to hunt down a perfect sized box.

    • skapig says:

      Exactly. Plus the likelihood of a carrier “misplacing” a package drops as the size of the package increases.

  9. Slave For Turtles says:

    My cats are good with this — they love boxes, and they love wadded up paper packing material. Bring it on!

  10. evnmorlo says:

    My dog used to like playing with cardboard boxes, so consider them a bonus toy.

  11. Wysguy says:

    maybe the box packers used to work for Sprint (notorious for stuffing 1 small item in a H U G E box)

  12. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Give the paper to me; I use it at work all the time.

    I got a baking stone for Christmas from my bf (awesome it is) and it was in its own flat box, inside a great big flat Amazon box twice its size. I guess they didn’t have a box the same size.

    Also, I wish they’d post my picture of the Staples boxes, with boxes inside them. What was in the inside boxes? Padded envelopes. That was hilarious. “WE MUST PROTECT THEM!”

  13. DogToy says:

    Those aren’t tendons, Victor.

  14. HokieVet says:

    Bully sticks (aka pizzle sticks) are not beef tendons. They are bull/steer penises. Yes, they are that long, and yes, they are that skinny when dried. It’s a terrific use of a byproduct of beef production.

  15. PupJet says:

    Odd, that 2nd bullystick looks too big to actually fit in the box, so I call shenanigans on that one

  16. stevied says:

    So what is the problem?

    Did something get broken? Nope.

    Did the “large” box cost more to ship? Nope.

    No harm, no foul, time to move on.

  17. samandiriel says:

    I used to do IT for a shipping center, and learned a lot about it. Here’s my take.

    (1) Why you get a wacky sized box: Usually it means that the shippers are out of one or more box sizes but still have to ship to meet deadlines, or they only have a few standard sizes and your purchase doesn’t fit well in anything except the hugest one. So you get whatever the size of box they can fit it in best.

    (2) How you could get two boxes with identical items from the same warehouse on the same day: Multiple boxes often go out because many places will ship your items with what they have in stock to get them to you ASAP – Amazon, for example (they list this policy in various places on the website and even during the checkout process). They want you to be happy with their service, so you get as much of your order as soon as possible. In order to be fair, sometimes shippers will ship out just some of identical items you’ve ordered to make sure as many customers as possible get at least one of the low-inventory items. After you’ve had your order packaged up, it could be that a shipper then discovers where they’ve misplaced a bunch of stock, or the stock comes in via delivery truck. They are NOT going to go back and search through all those boxes, unpack and re-ship just the ones that had the stock come in. In fact, depending on pick up times your first box may already be on it’s way. So they just send out another box.

    (3) People who say ‘no harm, no foul’ about the extra packaging are missing the point. It’s not about being anal about getting the right sized box, it’s about the huge waste of paper, packing and carbon to ship out an oversized box. For people who care about the environment, it’s like finding a snake’s head in your mac-n-cheese.