Shipping FAIL


Yufang ordered us a set of Staedtler 0.7mm mechanical pencils from (via Amazon), which arrived the very next day. As much as I applaud the company she bought the pencils from for their speed in packaging and getting the package shipped, I cannot understand why they would ship such a small item in such a huge box (see photo above–the cat is for scale–note also that Miao Miao could live in that Cat Ship). These kinds of shipping practices cost the customer in every way, because the cost of shipping materials are ultimately passed on to the consumer and the added weight costs the consumer more money for shipping. Additionally, oversized shipping is bad for the environment–more paper packaging and inflatable packing material. We will reuse the box, but I would have been perfectly happy if they had used less packing materials.

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Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I direct the B.S. in Professional and Technical Writing Program and coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.