We’re sure that Staples has a very, very good reason for packing a single box of white-out in a massive box full of air pillows. Perhaps that product was in a different warehouse than the rest of the order going to Ian’s company. Perhaps they were out of small boxes or padded envelopes, and speed in shipping is more important than sanity in packaging. Or perhaps Staples employees fear the stink of correction fluid, and wanted to make sure everyone stayed very safe from it. Whatever the real reason: it’s ridiculous.
This fuzzy math that Laurie found at Office Max seems like your everyday pricing error– a stupid sign posted by bored and underpaid worker who doesn’t bother to question authority. But look deeper. That sign says “As advertised.” That means that Office Max put out a circular or other advertisement bragging that they’re selling correction tape for one cent more than they normally do. Grab your coat, honey! We can’t possibly miss this once-in-a-lifetime sale!