on 19-04-2017 11:01 PM
I know Amazon have been slated for their use of excessive packaging, but now an eBay seller has beaten anything I have ever seen before.
The item I ordered is in its original box which measures 20 x 10 x 7 inches.
It was packed with all this scrap cardboard and, not forgetting, a nice layer of shredded paper in a box measuring 30 x 18 x 14.5 inches.
One way of getting rid of their rubbish, I suppose. Not impressed.
on 19-04-2017 11:53 PM
This is Seller Central. Many of us on here would love to have all that cardboard delivered to us as a bonus with an order instead of having to go out and trawl the alleyways on recycling night. You might get more sympathy on Buyer Central.
20-04-2017 10:04 AM - edited 20-04-2017 10:05 AM
Looks like the aftermath of my Christmas prezzie last year.
All I found was an After Eight mint
Though I did reuse the packaging
on 20-04-2017 12:30 PM
20-04-2017 12:51 PM - edited 20-04-2017 12:51 PM
I recently had a small non delicate item arrive in an over sized box with the contents of the sellers cross cut shredder as a packing, thought to myself that is one way of getting rid of your shredded paper.......................
on 20-04-2017 2:42 PM
Thanks for all the interesting comments.
I will try and answer all the points in one go.
I’m sorry I posted on the wrong board, I wasn’t after sympathy, I certainly wouldn’t come here if I was, neither was it my intention to criticise sellers or set buyers against sellers.
The cardboard may have looked alright in the photo, but really it wasn’t. It was all off-cuts and some of it wasn’t very clean.
Whether any of you would have been too excited to receive it let alone pay £5 for it, I don’t know.
I do save and re-use most of the packaging I receive. I make and re-size boxes up and down for double boxing items etc., but none of that was fit for recycling except at the cardboard tip.
As for the item being well packed; it may have had a lot of cardboard in there but the item itself was right at the bottom of the big box on a bit of shredded paper and the pieces of cardboard had just been chucked on top of it.
If the outer box had been lined properly with the cardboard and with the item in the middle it probably wouldn’t have looked so bad.
I guess I was just a bit disappointed after paying £50 to receive the item packed in that way.
Anyway worse things happen at sea and I’ve moved on now.
Kudos to those who lightened the mood.
on 20-04-2017 3:32 PM
All nicely flat-packed - perfect for hiding behind the couch until needed! Some of my packaging is my bedroom! I am surprised buyers and sellers don't have nightmares about packaging! I even found some I forgot about behind the Welsh dresser - uncovered when we had to replace our 20 year old carpet. The underfelt offcuts was great protection for the fragile bits I sold.
on 20-04-2017 3:40 PM
Hi you just have to look on the bright side. I once received a glass item wrapped in used packaging - the seller had re-used their fish supper wrapping - even had a couple of squished chips attached. There was some sauce but couldn't make out if it was brown or ketchup. But it was all recycled - my fragile glass item arrived in fine fettle and the chips went into the food bucket and the wrapping into the paper recycling.
I am always amazed at some sellers - but that's what makes it interesting on here. One parcel was like 'Pass the Parcel' we had at our parties when we were kids - but I was disappointed the seller hadn't put some sweeties between the layers like my folks did - there was always a riotous scramble to grab them.
on 20-04-2017 3:43 PM
In general, I would say that looks like a bit of overkill, but knowing how badly all couriers treat the packages in their care, if more packaging protects the item from getting to you damaged, then OK!
on 20-04-2017 3:52 PM
That's I great idea - the problem is our dog did a "number one" on our carpet when he was a puppy. I don't think we will be able to use it for packing without spraying some fabreeze in the box before sealing it.