Amazon packaging a bit excessive!

  Zurdo 20:25 11 Nov 2009

My daughter received today a cardboard parcel from Amazon measuring about 16" X 13" X 7". Inside was bubble wrap etc. and another parcel about 12" X 9" X 4". Inside this was a bubble wrapped click here which measures about 5" X 3". Thanks for taking so much care Amazon but think of the planet a bit more please. Oh and it was free delivery!

  wiz-king 21:10 11 Nov 2009

Because of the large number of packages sent out from the warehouse they probably use only a few sizes of boxs (but lots of them) and make the volume up with bubblewrap. They may also require suppliers to supply in 'std' size boxes.

  BT 08:17 12 Nov 2009

As wiz king says its often a case of standard size boxes. I often order stuff from Westafalia
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and the size of the boxes rarely bears any relationship to the size of the items inside. They don't use much in the way of bubblewrap however, they tend to use crumpled recycled(?) paper as packaging.

  interzone55 08:52 12 Nov 2009

If the products come from Amazon's main warehouse the wrappings are cut to size & folded around the package.

If they come from one of the smaller warehouses, or a third party, then as others said, they will only have a few sizes of boxes.

In all cases the common sense rule applies - as Amazon are paying for it, they will always choose the smallest possible box. Obviously bigger boxes cost more, but also couriers charge by both size & weight, so the delivery charge will be unnecessarily inflated if they use a too large box.

For more musings about excessive packaging click here

  simonjary 11:43 12 Nov 2009

Amazon is trying to sort out the problem with packaging.

Read more here:
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