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Why do so many companies put their products in almost solid thick clear plastic boxes?!?!

Czar

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I just bought 6 usb to serial connectors and they all come in these anoying glued together and sealed plastic boxes. Whyyyy! almost impossible to open
 

NogginBoink

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Blister packaging is inexpensive, theft and tamper resistant, and allows the product to be seen on the shelves.

It is also universally hated by consumers. :)
 

dmcowen674

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Originally posted by: Czar
Topic Title: Why do so many companies put their products in almost solid thick clear plastic boxes?!?!

I just bought 6 usb to serial connectors and they all come in these anoying glued together and sealed plastic boxes. Whyyyy! almost impossible to open
More subsidizing of the Oil Barons.


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Czar

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I think I can say I have one box about 1/4 open now, and I have 5 more to go at least.. damnnit
 

Czar

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hahaha I'm working on a death trap

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blister_pack
Some more secure blister packs for theft-prone items like consumer electronics omit the card backing and consist of two vacuum-formed PVC sheets meshed together at the edges, with the informative card inside. These can be very hard to open by hand, so a pair of scissors or even a sharp knife is often required to open them. Opening such packages without proper care is an injury-prone procedure, and surgeons report that serious hand injuries (including tendon and nerve damage) regularly occur because of this packaging.[1]
 

akubi

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i hate them too, but once you get a part of the hard edge cut open, the middle part rips apart without much trouble.
 

Amused

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Originally posted by: dmcowen674
Originally posted by: Czar
Topic Title: Why do so many companies put their products in almost solid thick clear plastic boxes?!?!

I just bought 6 usb to serial connectors and they all come in these anoying glued together and sealed plastic boxes. Whyyyy! almost impossible to open
More subsidizing of the Oil Barons.


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Dave - keep P&N out of OT

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:laugh:

Anyhow, just when I think Dave has reached the pinnacle of stupidity... he climbs a little higher.
 

jtvang125

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I hate'em too. Plus how are you suppose to return a defective item if you totally had to destroy the encasing to open the thing?
 

BillGates

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Originally posted by: jtvang125
I hate'em too. Plus how are you suppose to return a defective item if you totally had to destroy the encasing to open the thing?
^
 

djheater

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Originally posted by: NogginBoink
Blister packaging is inexpensive, theft and tamper resistant, and allows the product to be seen on the shelves.

It is also universally hated by consumers. :)
Well put.
 

Jeff7

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I just get out my Dremel with a good cutting wheel to deal with the packages that are too tough for knives or scissors to deal with safely.
I have been cut once trying to open one such package. Funny thing is, it was without a knife or scissors - I was cut by the sharp plastic edges. Go figure.
Dremel FTW.
 

Feldenak

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Originally posted by: dmcowen674
Originally posted by: Czar
Topic Title: Why do so many companies put their products in almost solid thick clear plastic boxes?!?!

I just bought 6 usb to serial connectors and they all come in these anoying glued together and sealed plastic boxes. Whyyyy! almost impossible to open
More subsidizing of the Oil Barons.


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Dave - keep P&N out of OT

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Ya know...just when you think you've seen the epitome of stupid, Dave comes along and raises the bar.
 

ElFenix

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i just use a sharp knife, inserted between the sheets.
 

sswingle

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Originally posted by: dmcowen674
Originally posted by: Czar
Topic Title: Why do so many companies put their products in almost solid thick clear plastic boxes?!?!

I just bought 6 usb to serial connectors and they all come in these anoying glued together and sealed plastic boxes. Whyyyy! almost impossible to open
More subsidizing of the Oil Barons.


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Dave - keep P&N out of OT

Anandtech Moderator

Dont buy anything, ever, because somewhere along the way, oil was probably used.
 

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