Promethean unboxing… of DOOM
Years ago, before I went to university, I worked in a small retail store that specialised in small business services. A major part of the business was acting as a shipping agent, providing professional packing services to small businesses and consumers, and shipping them via premium couriers that the average Joe would not normally have easy access to.
The store owner, a Californian ex-pat who had married into the country, taught me some important rules about packaging:
- Never ship anything by Parcel Farce,
- ‘Fragile’ means ‘Throw Me Harder’ in baggage handler dialect, and, most importantly,
- The best shipping insurance is good packaging.
#3 on that list is why shipments from Dabs always come in a box that seems twice as big as it needs to be; the void space is to create a buffer zone between your goods and the thorough kicking the box will suffer at the hands of the carrier they are forced to use in order to satiate your lust for cheap P&P. It’s a rule that Promethean no doubt had in mind when they shipped me this box:
What could be inside?
At first it appears the box may actually be empty, but wait! There’s something down there…
Yes, there’s definitely a small bag taped to the bottom of the box. We certainly wouldn’t want it shaken about in that cavernous packaging, would we?
Seriously? Are you kidding me here, Promethean? This is nothing more than the bag of 100x spare Promethean pen nibs I ordered last week. They’re about as fragile as a fluffy cushion, and would probably have survived equally well in a paper envelope with a first class stamp on it. Did we really need to sacrifice half a damn tree for this?
This sort of stupidity is well documented in IT circles, with some of the most egregious examples being documented by The Register This, however, is an Angry Technician exclusive, dear readers. 10/10 for protecting the shipment, but I can only hope Promethean were re-using a box here, or the rainforest is totally screwed.