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Amazon Packaging #5286052 12/05/19 02:21 PM
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I ordered a pair of insulated jeans from Amazon, and they arrived today in a HUGE box, big enough to hold a large microwave oven. And as is often the case with Amazon, the packaging tape was barely adhering to the cardboard. Doesn't Amazon train their packagers?

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Packagers at Amazon fulfillment centers have to pack X number of boxes per hour- typically a pace that pushes the limit of human abilities. I'm guessing if they grab the wrong sized box, they just send it instead of wasting precious seconds grabbing a more appropriate size.


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You would think they would have this down to a science by now. Op is a brave man buying jeans on line without trying on. But maybe you are an easy to fit guy smile

Then there is Mcdonalds waste in packaging. I need 4 McNuggets in a cardboard recloseable box.
I meed med fries for almost 3 dollars in a cardboard sleeve.

We have learned nothing or more correctly forgot everything about trash waste from 40 years ago.

I guess its just a IDK U.S.A. brat race.

saddening for me.


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I heard sometimes they’ll use a particular size box, even if it is too big so it fits better on the truck. That being said... I once ordered a 6” Starrett scale. It came in a box filled that was like 18x12x8 and filled with those bagged air things LOL


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I am surprised that Amazon hasn't figured out how to have some sort of reusable packaging. Something like a Rubbermaid container where they come by and pick them up or you can drop them off at a Amazon Locker location.


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I have received many small items shipped in over sized boxes from Amazon. I always wonder, what in the world were they thinking.


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Amazon has an algorithm on how to pack a truck, so the box sizes can be unnecessarily large.


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Originally Posted by Bud
I have received many small items shipped in over sized boxes from Amazon. I always wonder, what in the world were they thinking.


At least you got a box...They shipped my Xbox one this past week in no box...they just slapped the mailing label on the console.

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Originally Posted by bdcardinal
I am surprised that Amazon hasn't figured out how to have some sort of reusable packaging. Something like a Rubbermaid container where they come by and pick them up or you can drop them off at a Amazon Locker location.



I think they either have that or are trialing it. The amount of cardboard boxes Amazon uses is staggering. Reusable plastic bins would work.

They also promote Amazon day so you can order and have it all come on one day instead of several. You pick the day.

With porch pirates proliferating, this makes sense if your deliver day is your day off for example.


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Ive bought things that were barely bigger than a pack of gum or deck of cards and they shipped it in a 11x14 envelope.Bit over kill. Had things come in a box that was way bigger than it should have been.


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FWIW if you collect 1/64 NASCAR diecast, the N3 box holds I think 75 if you stand them up. I have a few of them full of cars.


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Originally Posted by A_A_G

At least you got a box...They shipped my Xbox one this past week in no box...they just slapped the mailing label on the console.


Same here! Ordered a set of Eero WiFi AP/routers on BF and they just slapped a shipping label on the retail packaging. Figured they got slammed over the Black Friday weekend.


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Originally Posted by UG_Passat
Amazon has an algorithm on how to pack a truck, so the box sizes can be unnecessarily large.

Never heard that before but I wouldn't be surprised. I suspect it applies more to their warehouses that will feed packages to your closer warehouse for final delivery, i.e. an item I order is in stock in Columbus OH and will go by their semi-trailer to my local feeder center. When they load that semi-trailer, they will want to optimize it as much as possible.

On another note, ever notice that Amazon's boxes have 2-digit codes on them ? I was under the impression that their software looks at the items ordered and suggests what box the packer person should use (if that size is available).

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If we knew what Amazon pays for a cardboard box or to ship a package it would be obvious how they can do this.



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my rotella gas truck 2x5qt jugs arrived in a 2ft x 18" box with 6 of those air squares in it.. they were all flat and the jugs were bouncing around.. no tape on the lids either.

pretty fail.


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