OVER packing - geez use smaller boxes!

@saundyl (9690)
Canada
July 3, 2008 11:41am CST
At work we regularly get these huge boxes with one item SMALL in them. I always wonder why the companies ship items in such huge boxes...it obviously costs them more for shipping when its a larger box. Today we received a box about 2 feet wide by about 1.5 feet wide and stood 3 inches tall. The label said it was 4 pounds. Inside was TWO sticks of ram. and a bunch of packing. We had sent them back for warranty replacement and when we shipped them back our box was 6 inches by 2 inches by 2 inches with packing. Wheres the sense in using a box that big for something that small?
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@Barb42 (4217)
• United States
5 Jul 08
My husband orders lots of electronic and photography things from the Internet. The one thing that always puzzles him is the choice of boxes from the companies that are shipping. He has also gotten 2 sticks of memory in a big box! Makes me wonder if it's just a lazy packer who doesn't want to hunt a smaller box! I used to sell lots on Ebay and I kept the boxes to a minimum size. No use having to use so much packing material, just making the postage that much higher.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
6 Jul 08
It puzzles me as well. I know it costs more to mail a larger package...and the packing also costs money.,Eventually they're going to pass that cost on to the receiver who's gonna go WHY cant you use smaller boxes??
@Barb42 (4217)
• United States
6 Jul 08
When I was selling on Ebay, I would weigh my packages with the box and then set the postage. Sometimes I paid extra after setting it. And I never once asked for more. I wanted to please the customers and not charge them twice as much for postage as was needed, unlike some of the sellers. You will notice some will run a product for sell now at a LOW price, then put a hefty postage tag on there and I think it's wrong. I guess I'm just an honest 'jane'.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
7 Jul 08
I have noticed that. I know if i want to bid on something on ebay and the price for shipping isnt listed i contact the seller to check the price. Its good that you havent charged extra for the differences when you go in. People would really appreciate that if they knew!
@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
5 Jul 08
I think for things that are fragile and could easily break that is okay to use a bigger box,with a bunch of packing,so that way they do not get damaged in shipping ,but for things that do not break easily,I think it is stupid and lazy to use a box that is too big,because all it does it cost the company more money.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
6 Jul 08
I agree at times it makes sense but even then some places use boxes that are WAY too big for the item. We had other ram come in a box that would have fit a monitor. It was dig through alllllllll the peanuts and get to the ram and my comment was what? thats it? for that big box? I will admit i had fun with the peanuts!
• United States
6 Jul 08
It is kind of stupid when they use a box that is way way to big for the item,and it is ridiculous that they used a box big enough for a monitor to send the ram in, ,and I probably would have been like what the crap too lol but it is usually fun to play with the foam peanuts lol ,have a great day,good luck in your life,and Happy Posting my friend.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I bought a flash drive a few weeks ago, the box it came in was about 2 ft long a ft wide and a foot high. The packing weighted more then the flash drive. I could not find it in the packing, and was beginning to think I got an empty box. I understand what you are saying, but I also think smaller boxes are more likely to get lost in shipping.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
16 Jul 08
HMMM lost in shipping i wonder if i had used a larger box in January if the digital camera i mailed to my grandparents would have gotten there! (I was so glad i insured it even though i had to fight for 3 months to get the money for it) Food for thought for the next thing i mail!
@GardenGerty (98200)
• United States
3 Jul 08
Either they just want to make sure there is no damage in shipping, or they are just plain too lazy to look for appropriate sized boxes.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
3 Jul 08
the no damage part makes sense. But Even then some of the boxes they use they could pack so much more into it...what makes it worse is the one company ships us our items we order 1 or 2 pieces per box and it all arrives on the same day when it would have all fit very nicely into one box with room for packing to spare.