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(The Consumerist)   Dear Consumerist: My hands tremble as I write to tell you a bottle of White-Out came in its own box separate from other office supplies I ordered. Please let your readers know I'm shaken to my core, but will somehow find the strength to live   (consumerist.com) divider line 175
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2012-08-21 12:22:41 PM  
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2012-08-21 12:32:47 PM  
That means you recieved more cardboard to build your fort where the real world with its real problems can't find you. Quit yer biatchin'.
 
2012-08-21 12:39:01 PM  
"Hey, we're out of White-Out."
"Yeah, I know. Just ship the rest of our order and let the Baltimore warehouse know they'll need to cover down to complete the order."

...meanwhile, in Baltimore...

"Hey, these idiots ordered ONE bottle of White-Out."
"So? Lots of our customers only order one case."
"Not one case. One bottle."
"WTF?"
"Do we even have any boxes that small?"
"No, because we assume nobody is that farking stupid."
 
2012-08-21 12:39:11 PM  
I'd sue just because they didn't send me bubble wrap so I could have happy fun time.
 
2012-08-21 12:39:22 PM  
That sounds like a question they should probably address to Staples, but I suppose they'd get more attention through the Consumerist.
 
2012-08-21 12:47:46 PM  
Ten bucks says that when they placed their order, there was a section or prompt that said "Some items may ship at other times separate from the main order due to *insert boring as shiat warehouse logistics reason*"
 
2012-08-21 12:50:36 PM  

Aarontology: Ten bucks says that when they placed their order, there was a section or prompt that said "Some items may ship at other times separate from the main order due to *insert boring as shiat warehouse logistics reason*"


Twenty bucks says they got an insert in their other package that says the exact same thing.
 
2012-08-21 01:09:23 PM  
Thirty bucks says "It's hard to get me at an ATM."
 
2012-08-21 01:12:10 PM  
Forty bucks says they were too farking lazy to just buy the goddamned white out at farking Walmart while they were out for lunch.
 
2012-08-21 01:30:51 PM  

Spad31: Forty bucks says they were too farking lazy to just buy the goddamned white out at farking Walmart while they were out for lunch.


Fifty bucks says he should just drink the white out.
 
2012-08-21 01:32:04 PM  
The white-out was probably a filler item to qualify for free shipping.

I've seen many small items shipped in large boxes. IBM, for one, enjoys shipping this way.
 
2012-08-21 01:40:29 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: Spad31: Forty bucks says they were too farking lazy to just buy the goddamned white out at farking Walmart while they were out for lunch.

Fifty bucks says he should just drink the white out.


Sixty bucks says that still won't help you avoid a DUI
 
2012-08-21 01:44:42 PM  
At my previous job, office supplies were ordered from Corporate Express...items that could have been shipped in one small box always arrived in several large boxes.
 
2012-08-21 01:47:21 PM  
Seventy bucks says "you can buy a new video game with me."
 
2012-08-21 01:47:52 PM  
This is not that uncommon:

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2012-08-21 01:50:07 PM  
Fifty bucks he picks his nose

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2012-08-21 01:50:43 PM  
In related news, most online retailers work like that. I ordered a world map from Amazon...just a wall map, nothing special - it came in a four foot box filled with those plastic inflated air bags.

A map.

Do these people never hear of mailing tubes? Apparently not.
 
2012-08-21 01:51:54 PM  
Similar to my post above some computer company sent out a copy of a warranty similar to the way that power cord shipped. GIS is not finding it at the moment.
 
2012-08-21 02:16:49 PM  

gopher321: In related news, most online retailers work like that. I ordered a world map from Amazon...just a wall map, nothing special - it came in a four foot box filled with those plastic inflated air bags.

A map.

Do these people never hear of mailing tubes? Apparently not.


I used to work at a mail order warehouse and we wouldn't ship in tubes because it messed up the stacking in the trucks. This was way back in the 80's, but they had a computer that would print out how each truck was to be stacked. Amazon probably does the same thing.
 
2012-08-21 02:25:30 PM  

eas81: This is not that uncommon:


True. I ordered a pair of earrings and this is how they arrived:

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Of course, I didn't write to The Consumerist about the pain.
 
2012-08-21 02:31:01 PM  

Sgt Otter: "Hey, we're out of White-Out."
"Yeah, I know. Just ship the rest of our order and let the Baltimore warehouse know they'll need to cover down to complete the order."

...meanwhile, in Baltimore...

"Hey, these idiots ordered ONE bottle of White-Out."
"So? Lots of our customers only order one case."
"Not one case. One bottle."
"WTF?"
"Do we even have any boxes that small?"
"No, because we assume nobody is that farking stupid."


See the head on this nail? Yeah, you hit that, you hit that good.
 
2012-08-21 02:31:14 PM  
Of all the things that could possibly happen, this is THE. WORST. POSSIBLE. THING.
 
2012-08-21 02:31:14 PM  
I got a pen like that once. One pen. I almost couldn't find it in the box, but the echoes from my search efforts finally allowed me to pinpoint its location.
 
2012-08-21 02:32:01 PM  
Somewhere, a shipping lackey is getting his kicks sending over packaged products.

Awesome.
 
2012-08-21 02:32:18 PM  
They were just segregating. It got a separate (but equal) box.
 
2012-08-21 02:34:12 PM  
Ffff it happens all the time, I had OfficeMax send me a box of pens in a separate way-too-big box once. It probably shipped from a different warehouse from the rest of the order.
 
2012-08-21 02:34:54 PM  
Maybe these big companies should stop losing money by not sending out 99 cent bottles of correction fluid at all. If it can't ship with your full order, you don't get it. Get off lazy ass down to the store and buy it there, or order a couple of boxes worth like any real office would.

And who uses this stuff anymore anyhow?
 
2012-08-21 02:35:02 PM  
The Internet in a box (start at 3:10)
 
2012-08-21 02:35:04 PM  
White-Out is a waste anyway. According to our corporate policy mistakes are forbidden.
 
2012-08-21 02:35:13 PM  
Fark, seriously... how much to get rid Consumerist links? Put a figure on it. It used to be funny, then entertaining in that rage-filled way... now it is just a constant reminder of how vapid most inhabitants of our society are.
 
2012-08-21 02:35:46 PM  
They probably had to go on an archeological dig to find White Out.
 
2012-08-21 02:35:56 PM  

gopher321: I'd sue just because they didn't send me bubble wrap so I could have happy fun time.


There is fun to be had with the big plastic bags of air. Sneak up behind a skittish co-worker, place bag on floor, and stomp. Just don't pick anybody with a bum ticker - you don't want to go down for manslaughter.
 
2012-08-21 02:36:10 PM  
If it was a cartridge of printer ink it would be understanable.

/See, printer ink is ridiculously expensive for what you get, and jokes are often made on FARK about that.
 
2012-08-21 02:36:30 PM  
The woman who ordered the whiteout was probably even more pissed when she tried to correct her facebook page with it.
 
2012-08-21 02:36:42 PM  
I think a gubberment vester gation is in order!
 
2012-08-21 02:37:07 PM  

eas81: This is not that uncommon:


Another good example from HP.
 
2012-08-21 02:37:41 PM  
Goddamned crying Yuppies.
 
2012-08-21 02:37:44 PM  

WarszawaScream: Ffff it happens all the time, I had OfficeMax send me a box of pens in a separate way-too-big box once. It probably shipped from a different warehouse from the rest of the order.


I was very concerned for a second that you had a penis shipped to you. I think I need a new glasses prescription.
 
2012-08-21 02:37:50 PM  
I've received crap like this all the time.... and I've never thought of actually sending it to a website. I just show it to the coworkers, we roll our eyes and we move on. Are they seriously that distressed over the lonely white-out??
 
2012-08-21 02:37:52 PM  
Did you know that Michael Nesmith's (of the Monkees) mom invented White Out? She is probably getting a kick out of this thread.
 
2012-08-21 02:38:20 PM  
Maybe it was placed in a separate box in case it leaked and got all over everything?
 
2012-08-21 02:38:47 PM  

karmaceutical: Fark, seriously... how much to get rid Consumerist links? Put a figure on it. It used to be funny, then entertaining in that rage-filled way... now it is just a constant reminder of how vapid most inhabitants of our society are.


The Consumerist has indeed reached a new low with this one.
 
2012-08-21 02:38:57 PM  
The really fun ones are shipments of chemicals. The amount of packing material is completely independent of how hazardous the chemical actually is.

CSB
I received a shipment of an organic base, which while mildly hazardous is nothing to get excited over, that came in 3 boxes, 2 metal cans, and with enough bags and blankets to outfit a modest antarctic expedition. Meanwhile, a shipment of sodium azide (the stuff they used to detonate airbags wtih) was just tossed into a box with some Styrofoam peanuts.
/CSB
 
2012-08-21 02:39:08 PM  
The more important question is, who still uses white-out?
 
2012-08-21 02:39:43 PM  

kiwimoogle84: WarszawaScream: Ffff it happens all the time, I had OfficeMax send me a box of pens in a separate way-too-big box once. It probably shipped from a different warehouse from the rest of the order.

I was very concerned for a second that you had a penis shipped to you. I think I need a new glasses prescription.


A box of penis, actually. Penises? Penii?
 
2012-08-21 02:39:46 PM  

QueenMamaBee: Are they seriously that distressed over the lonely white-out??


I'd be more distressed by the waste.
 
2012-08-21 02:39:58 PM  

kiwimoogle84: WarszawaScream: Ffff it happens all the time, I had OfficeMax send me a box of pens in a separate way-too-big box once. It probably shipped from a different warehouse from the rest of the order.

I was very concerned for a second that you had a penis shipped to you. I think I need a new glasses prescription.


Yea. You don't get those shipped. You pick them up at the corner off a blanket. But be sure to wash it off first.
 
2012-08-21 02:39:59 PM  
White (people) problems.
 
2012-08-21 02:40:24 PM  

KatjaMouse: QueenMamaBee: Are they seriously that distressed over the lonely white-out??

I'd be more distressed by the waste.


Boxes and air packs CAN be reused.
 
2012-08-21 02:41:57 PM  
I'd just like to take the time to say that I'm quite enjoying this new Consumerist meme.
 
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