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Look at this picture:
SD card next to shipping box

You know what's wrong with it? See the little blue item on the left? That's the 1GB SD card I ordered. See that big brown box next to it? That's the box it just arrived in, packed full of packing peanuts.

W. T. F. ?!

There is a few hundred times as much material in the box and packing as in the card. And it comes it a plastic protective case. They could've sent it in an envelope safely.

I'm just dumbfounded, and kind of sad.

I am: sad sad
Current Media: Tori Amos: Past The Mission (Single) - Winter

chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: April 29th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
How about how Apple still insists I'll be getting my Tiger OS order today yet there are no more scheduled deliveries to my workplace before we close at 5:30 pm. :)
buran From: buran Date: April 29th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I was supposed to get it today. Without explanation they delayed shipping til May 3.

I installed it off a friend's DVD and mine will sit on the shelf til I need to reinstall someday.

As for the wasteful box ... Amazon? They did that when I bought the SD card for my pocket have-all-the-time camera.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 29th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
simonb From: simonb Date: April 29th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
That is quite sad; I'm guessing that to top it all off the packing peanuts are probably not biodegrable over a reasonable timeframe either. At least SGI had the right idea here :)

It does make unpacking goods a bit like playing lucky dip tho.
buran From: buran Date: April 29th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
They're recyclable, usually. I have two grocery bags full of them (for a legitimately large box, though) I plan to dump in the recycle bin next week (this week it was full of soda cans).
From: dirkcjelli Date: April 29th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Fire makes everything recycleable
simonb From: simonb Date: April 29th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Unfortunately they aren't easily recyclable in the UK :(

All we get to put in our curbside recycle box (something of a rarity in the UK in of itself) is paper, glass and metals. We also have a large green bin for compostable waste - they actually let us put cardboard in that now!
buran From: buran Date: April 30th, 2005 12:54 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Talk to your local government. It's probably a locally-managed thing (it is here) and if enough people ask for the recycling program to be expanded, they might do it. Also see if there isn't a recycling center that will accept them.
simonb From: simonb Date: April 30th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
giggle we have enough problems finding places which will recycle plastics, let alone non-biodegradable packing peanuts.

The UK is quite backward when it comes to recycling - Cambridge is considered to be quite advanced for the UK in having fortnightly curb side collections of just metals, glass, paper and green waste!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 30th, 2005 02:42 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

No, They Are....

The packing 'nuts that I've seen dissolve in water, and I only see 'em in the boxes from the local web/mail-order pharmacy. All the orders I've had from Amazon are either in a cardboard sleave, vac-packed & snot-glued in the box or wedged-in loose with those airpillow packing material.
CD Japan works on the paper & bubblewrap envelope principle. While Apple.com.au just shipped the retail box in a express post shatcle, mind you that was just an iPod USB power brick not a mini-Mac, or Airport.

Packing it seems is in the eye of the corp.policy.

simonb From: simonb Date: April 30th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: No, They Are....

I think it depends on where you are in the world; whilst you do sometimes see the packing peanuts which are biodegradable (AFAIR they are based on potato starch), they are not that common within the UK IME.

I've seen suppliers use thick shreaded cardboard, shredded company newsletters, air pockets, heavy duty cardboard with strong foam (usually rackmount servers), etc.
From: autarchia Date: May 1st, 2005 01:15 am (UTC) (Direct Link)


We used to get boxes with the water soluble peanuts. Apparently they're made out of some kind of plant material because the cats like to snack on them. Unfortunately since they are more expensive than the plastic ones, hardly anyone uses them.
tweedlekeys From: tweedlekeys Date: April 29th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well, save it all for your impending move (*crosses fingers for you*) and then recycle what you can and give the peanuts to any packing company that will take them.

I wonder if they do this often (only buying one box size at a huge discount) or just ran out of their normal shipping stuff for that size and they couldn't hold it due to shipping promises or it wasn't worth their time/housing/interest earned to go out for an emergency run or hold it and wait for their packaging order.
malone From: malone Date: April 29th, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Remind me to get you a new pair of sunglasses Fruit Loop.

zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 29th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Why? :-)

I LOVE those glasses! They're Maui Jim's, polarized glass - real glass, and not plastic like Ray Ban Wayfarer IIs (which I had before, and these are kind of based on).

I bought my first pair back in 1996 or so in Reno, NV. I was on a business trip with two sales guys and we stopped into some small sunglass shack. It was the off-season so prices were slashed. These were something like $300-400 normally, I can't rememebr what I paid, but it was a lot less.

I wore that pair until I dropped them in 1999 or so. I knicked the lens on a stone. So I called up Maui Jim and they agreed to repair them. They'd discontinued them completely, but they found some display samples and sent me one of those. And sold me a second pair for $100 - total for everything. (And the reps were VERY cool and helpful through it all.)

So I have the pair you see there on my desk and a backup pair, because I'd be crushed if I broke these and couldn't replace them. :-)

I like how they look, and they're really comfortable - and they're very good at cutting glare, etc. And I have very deep-set eyes, so most of the trendy 'small' lens glasses SUCK - the light that comes around the edges goes right into my eyes.
malone From: malone Date: April 29th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Wow! Your starting to write all babbly like I do! Someone save this man! ;)

Anywho Fruit Loop ... the photo here looks like you have tape holding the two sides together - is this a glare?

zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 29th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, must be glare. They're still in good shape.
malone From: malone Date: April 29th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
"I'm sorry, I've talked about your beaches"

From: dirkcjelli Date: April 29th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

(I'm not kidding)

In the eutopia of Europe... that packaging would be the shipper/manufacturer's property/responsibility.