Amazon Packaging

The ample padding around this bag of fragile pecans leaves nothing to be desired:

Amazon - well-packed pecans

Amazon – well-packed pecans

They’re firmly held in place on all sides, well protected from injury, and survived their shipping ordeal unscathed: not a bruise or break to be found. Well done!

That’s not always the case. A padded envelope recently arrived with an obvious wound:

Amazon - envelope perforations

Amazon – envelope perforations

Which came from its completely unprotected contents:

Amazon - unprotected PCB pins

Amazon – unprotected PCB pins

Fortunately, the fragile glass front plate of that OLED managed to put itself flat against a small box inside the otherwise empty bag. it wasn’t broken, but due only to good fortune.

“Static sensitive parts enclosed”, indeed …


  1. #1 by Jose I Romero on 2017-06-17 - 20:23

    I once made the mistake of buying a computer fan together with a replacement alternator for my wife’s car. Sure enough they just put both in the same box, with just a strip of bagged air as padding. Needless to say the heavy alternator totally pulverized the fan as the box got jostled in the mail….

    • #2 by Ed on 2017-06-18 - 17:54

      The default seems to be “drop into as few boxes as possible”; there’s sometimes a checkbox for that. Worse, they’ll sometimes combine orders placed on the same day, so I think ordering incompatible items a day or two apart may be the only way out.

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