Shipping Container Overkill?


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Shipping Container Overkill?

Postby patbrandon1 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:59 am



Overkill? I ordered two 35 watt replacement bulbs for my motorcycle fog lights. I think the box they came in was a little bit too big. Maybe they were trying to fool me about what was in it, like people sometimes do for your birthday. But I actually had to laugh when I opened it and rifled through the big wad of packing paper to find the small little bulbs.
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Re: Shipping Container Overkill?

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:44 am

It's a fairly common problem - see this site: http://ecoble.com/2009/04/21/10-ridicul ... o-stop-it/

The worst waste I ever saw was a server software upgrade from HP or Dell, I don't remember which. It was a huge box, inside that box was a bunch of packing peanuts, and another box. Inside that box was yet another box, which contained a padded bubble envelope. Inside that was a paper envelope, and inside that was a SHEET OF PAPER with the software upgrade key code printed on it. And we received THREE of these things.

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Re: Shipping Container Overkill?

Postby themainviking » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:12 am

I see it all the time when I buy RAM or other like sized items from Newegg or Tigerdirect. They both pack in huge boxes with lots of brown paper wrap to keep the tiny package of RAM from rattling around. If it has to come cross border from New Jersey to Toronto before being sent on to me, it comes in that box, inside a bigger box. They cannot just readdress - they need to repack. They charge as little as $1.99 for shipping/handling, and that cost is taken up three times by paper and boxes. Pretty ridiculous in my opinion. At least they reserve the free shipping for larger items, :lol:
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Re: Shipping Container Overkill?

Postby wnickal » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:22 am

That is just wasteful! That is why our environment resources are suffering!

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Re: Shipping Container Overkill?

Postby tom84std » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:09 am

Maybe they were worried about a mishap?

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Re: Shipping Container Overkill?

Postby themainviking » Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:21 am

wnickal wrote:That is just wasteful! That is why our environment resources are suffering!


Got that right. Here where I live, we cannot put cardboard into the garbage - it absolutely MUST be recycled. It is a pain in the butt, but it is a good thing. I think delivery companies such as Purolator, UPS, FedEx and the Post Office could go a long way towards curtailing this waste by treating packages as if they owned them instead of like soccer practice items. Then the shippers could use normalized packaging. But when the delivery services go out of their way to see if they can destroy as many packages as possible, the corporations shipping them have to defend their products somehow. Just sayin'.
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Re: Shipping Container Overkill?

Postby reoband » Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:57 pm

don't they get more for shipping when they do that?

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Re: Shipping Container Overkill?

Postby redial » Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:43 pm

It costs more to ship an 'empty' box, because they cube the size, and then work out how much lead it would take. Then calculate the charges according to the lead weight. Even our postoffice is doing this, so there must be money in it for them.


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