Saturday, September 02, 2006

From the Annals of Excessive Packaging

Fosco has a thrilling opera season ahead of him, already having bought tickets to not just one but two (Tan Dun! Placido Domingo! Zhang Yimou! Ha Jin!) operas. Serendipitously, Fosco found a lovely pair of 19C French mother-of-pearl opera glasses on eBay.

The glasses are about 3x5x2, and you can see them in this picture:

They arrived today, wrapped in

  • a sealed plastic envelope, packed with
  • styrofoam peanuts, inside a
  • small cardboard box, inside a
  • sealed plastic envelope, inside another
  • sealed plastic envelope, inside a
  • larger cardboard box, paked with
  • styrofoam peanuts, inside a
  • larger cardboard box.
You can see the packaging below:

As happy as Fosco is to have received his lovely opera glasses intact, he does wonder if there was a better way

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