Thursday, January 04, 2007

Packaging excess courtesy of Best Buy

I ordered a Nintendo Wii from Best Buy Canada for one of my friends last week. This order finally arrived today.

As many people know, the Nintendo Wii box is pretty small, as it measures 37.5 x 10.5 x 24.5 cm (that's approximately 15 x 4.5 x 10 inches for those that don't understand metric).

The packaging that Best Buy used to ship the product to me was a box that was 63 x 43 x 32 cm (approx. 25 x 17 x 13 in) along with a lot of packing paper.

Was it really necessary to ship this product in such a ridiculously large box? Surely Best Buy has smaller, more appropriately sized boxes in which to ship orders. Such a large box would be more difficult and therefore more expensive for Best Buy to ship via Canada Post. Why couldn't they just put 5 Nintendo Wii systems in the box for me? They could have, as demonstrated by my quick and dirty Photoshop job.

Best Buy's shipping rate for this Nintendo Wii was $12.99. Perhaps Best Buy thought they were giving me additional value for my money. At this point, I think I would rather send them a bill for making me go through having to properly dispose of this waste.

Technorati Tags:
, ,


Anonymous said...

Don't worry about the waste so much, it looks like its all paper. 100% natural and biodegradable. And your post would sound a lot different if Best Buy hadn't used excessive packaging and you received a damaged, unusable Wii.

So don't worry, be happy :)

Jason said...

If Amazon can ship their Wii's in small boxes, why can't Best Buy? I would rather have a properly and appropriately packed shipments rather than be subjected to all this waste.

Just because *I* personally didn't have to pay extra for this waste doesn't mean that there wasn't a cost associated with it.