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Pixelated 06-02-2018 12:16 AM

Speaking of over-packaging ...
 
Here in Canada you can buy milk in plastic bags. You get 3 plastic bags of milk put together in one enclosing plastic bag.

I've had quite a few people buying one of those enclosing bags ... and request a shopping bag to put it in.

So you have milk in plastic bags, and those plastic bags in a plastic bag, and that plastic bag in a plastic bag ...

And in many places, plastic bags are not recyclable.

C'mon, people ... unless you have arthritis or something similar, just carry the damn enclosing plastic bag to your car. :rolleyes:

I emphasized they're buying one enclosing bag because I've also had other people buy the maximum allowed (four the enclosing plastic bags) and turn down the offer of a store shopping bag.

dalesys 06-02-2018 12:39 AM

Have you seen how the military packages a 1/4 watt 5% resistor? (about the size of medium ant with 1.5" wires on each end)

It's damn near bigger than a breadbox... for each one! (think pack of cigarettes)

Minflick 06-02-2018 02:47 PM

Medical supplies of almost any variety, be it pills or a tool, ALL of them come shipped in one of two formats - put in a ridiculously oversized box and all the empty space filled with air bubble stuff, or wedged into a box that somebody thinks is larger than it is, and all the other space filled with other things we are buying, some of which will be deformed because somebody can't judge space available vs. space taken.

dalesys 06-02-2018 03:28 PM

Quote:

Quoth Minflick (Post 1366604)
... some of which will be deformed because somebody can't judge space available vs. space taken.

Trash Compactor Appreciation Week.
Good for more than disposal!

Rosco the Iroc 06-02-2018 03:38 PM

Quote:

Quoth dalesys (Post 1366579)
Have you seen how the military packages a 1/4 watt 5% resistor? (about the size of medium ant with 1.5" wires on each end)

It's damn near bigger than a breadbox... for each one! (think pack of cigarettes)

:wave: YEP!

Got a 5"x5" circuit card in a 2'x2' wood crate once.

notalwaysright 06-02-2018 05:57 PM

Haha, sometimes at my work when machines or parts get delivered it comes in a giant wooden box. I always want to go open it, because in the movies it would be like, an Egyptian relic or something. Apparently people fight over who gets to keep the crate because of how sturdy they are.

And as always, if people want a bag here, it will be paper and it will cost $.05.

Dreamstalker 06-02-2018 10:01 PM

I adopted a 16" x 16" wood crate (nice sturdy pine with brass hardware, I think it originally held the giant wine display bottles) from work, and that same day mom happened to get a yarn shipment. I carefully opened her package, placed the single ball of yarn in its packing in the dead center of the crate with much surplus bubble wrap, wrapped the entire crate with brown paper and reapplied the shipping label so that it looked like the original box.

I think I had to get myself to work (in the snow) for a week after that, but it was worth it.

drunkenwildmage 06-05-2018 02:19 PM

My dad's told me a story of one of the major international car manufacturers (think BIG '3') who would use a full shipping container to ship 1 bolt overseas.

Dreamstalker 06-07-2018 10:14 PM

One of our vendors ships potato chips in their branded case (with packing peanuts between the chip bags)...that itself is in an even bigger box with more packing peanuts. Typically those--no more than 4--come on their very own pallet as well.

Needless to say the peanuts get everywhere...J can always tell to the minute when that shipment showed up as whoever drew the short straw to unpack it is trailing foam peanuts through the store for a good hour. Not only do they stick to us, but any other products in the immediate vicinity.

Pixelated 06-08-2018 02:16 AM

And more on this subject: my brother's birthday is coming up (in 4 days, to be exact, so the gifts will not get there on time ... nothing new, LOL).

I had ordered a tie for him from his university. It showed up in a nice little gift box ... which in turn was tucked into a FedEx box that is ALMOST the size of the average TV tray (you remember those, right?)

I have half a mind to wrap the tie, put it back in the FedEx box, and send it off like that ... however, I pretty much destroyed the box trying to get the smaller box out of it. :rolleyes:


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