An online shopper was shocked when a small item she ordered from Amazon was delivered in a box so huge she could fit inside it.
The 4-foot by 2-foot cardboard box contained a small boom pole—one used to hold a microphone. The pole was hidden inside the box, covered by 30 feet of paper.
The RØDE Micro Lightweight Boompole lengthens to over 6 feet but is just two feet long unextended. It also comes wrapped in plastic packaging.
“I just couldn’t believe the amount that came with it,” said the buyer, Jade Nightscales, 26.
“The boom pole is so small—it was a bit of a needle in a haystack type job.”
She said she would handle the packaging in an eco-friendly manner.
“It seems strange that they’d use this much wrapping but I’ll get it recycled for sure,” she said.
Being 5 feet 1 inches tall, the market researcher of Bristol, United Kingdom, decided to have some fun with the box.
“I had to go one step further and climb inside because I knew I would fit,” she said.
An Amazon spokesperson provided the following statement on the matter:
“We continue to pursue multi-year waste reduction initiatives—e-commerce ready packaging and Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging—to promote easy-to-open, 100% recyclable packaging and to ship products in their own packages without additional shipping boxes.
“Such efforts also seek to eliminate hard plastic ‘clamshell’ cases and the plastic-coated wire ties commonly used in toy packaging.
“These initiatives have grown to include more than 1.2 million products over time and have eliminated more than 36,000 tons of excess packaging just in 2015.”