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.


“Another tree dies,” writes Tony ruefully. Look on the positive side: lots of free shipping supplies!

As people order more of our everyday goods online, this will happen more and more. It’s not good to have a case of toilet paper shifting around in its box, but the warehouse might be out of perfectly sized boxes and need to get your order out right away.

Nothing will ever reach the absurdity of the package of bubble wrap cushioned with bubble wrap, but we’re going to see a lot more boxes like this in the future. Time to start a nice box of shipping supplies in the basement, we suppose.

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  1. radioone says:

    You can’t have it both ways people.

    You can’t simultaneously complain about the superfluous packaging and yet love that it it arrived intact. For, if there were a mishap, the exclamation would be how stupid the shippers by not adding packing material…

    Buy stuff locally that you can get locally if you don’t like the idea of extra packing material. The energy you waste getting to and from your store will probably be offset by the greater efficiency of the store’s supply chain vs. Amazon or whoever.

  2. Xenotaku says:

    Not just free shipping material. That paper looks similar to what uses (they do /not/ have Stupid Shipping Gang problems, btw, and have amazing customer support), and those work very well for patterns for costumes or other craft projects.

  3. Cara says:

    It’s not just about protecting the contents. A box with loose contents, with items that can shift around, can make the box itself shift around and damage other boxes. The general advice is to fill any empty space in a package with packing peanuts, balled up paper, plastic bags, etc.