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Archive for November 2nd, 2013

Why Proper Packaging Is A Good Thing

When I ordered this carton of paper, I specified “pick up at store” because I knew this would happen:

Ruptured paper carton

Ruptured paper carton

A carton weighs so much that everybody, myself included, grabs it by the straps and slings it around. Unlike them, I put it down gently, because it’s my paper… but now it’s too late.

Inside the carton, the impact shattered the paper wrapper on every one of the ten reams:

Split paper reams

Split paper reams

In the last carton I bought (admittedly, quite some time ago), Staples used plastic wrappers that gave each ream a bit more protection against abuse and the elements, but that’s been cheapnified out of existence.

I also ordered a ream of fancy heavyweight paper that pushed the order over the “Free Shipping!” threshold; I missed the fact that they auto-checked “Free Delivery!” for the whole order. Of course, that ream shipped separately and it’s now delayed by a week or two…

I could take it back, but the paper from that bottom-corner ream seems to be no more than somewhat bent, so I’ll live with it.

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