Waste, waste, waste. That’s almost all you ever hear people talking about on the streets and in cafes. Whether it’s wanting to eliminate the use of plastic by replacing straws with pasta in Italy or coming up with new plastic recycling ways, there are all sorts of small steps that we can take to make Planet Earth a cleaner, healthier, greener place to live on.

However, one area where some but not enough progress has been made is in the packaging of certain products. It is mind-boggling how much plastic packaging can be used for even the tiniest things. All to make them look attractive and make us want to buy them. There’s so much packaging that you could almost build a fort out of the trash!

To show you just what we mean, Bored Panda has collected some of the most egregious examples of unnecessary packaging designs found in the dark corners of the internet. So scroll down and upvote the pics that make you fear for the future of the world. Send your pals the link to this list so that they realize what a big problem product packaging is as well. And share any ideas for possible solutions to the waste management crisis in the comments.

Scroll down for Bored Panda's four interviews on the topic with experts, including with Greenpeace's Graham Forbes, the Global Project Leader for the Plastic-Free-Future.

“For years, companies have sold people on disability — the notion that we can use something once, for a few minutes, then simply throw it away,” Forbes explained. “The problem is, we know now that there is no such thing as ‘away.’ Less than 10 percent of the plastic waste ever made has actually been recycled, with the vast majority ending up in our oceans, landfills, or incinerated — polluting communities around the globe.” Scroll down for the full in-depth interview.

#1

I Received A Large Package From Amazon Today

I Received A Large Package From Amazon Today

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

Why?? That's a bit overkill.

Kristy P
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, that is what this post is about :-)

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Chicago Kitty
Community Member
1 year ago

This drives me absolutely mad- and Amazon does this crap all the time.

Janine B.
Community Member
1 year ago

Why buying some batteries online?

Ed Souza
Community Member
1 year ago

Couldn't they just ship it in an envelope? that's ridiculous.

raven apuada
Community Member
1 year ago

you all complaining of all the packages just dont buy online.

mntryjoseph
Community Member
1 year ago

And yet they sent me a glass bottle of supplements in a padded envelope! And of course it arrived broken! 😕

Susann Campbell
Community Member
1 year ago

They are being nice to you in case you have a cat.

•DepoCatoes
Community Member
1 year ago

the cat has new box

Paul Turner
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazon, the worst of them all.....

Maysa Niyazova
Community Member
1 year ago

wow this is idiotic...

Miriam Brose
Community Member
1 year ago

You know that you can buy batteries in the store nearby?

Molly A. Block
Community Member
1 year ago

I wonder why they didn't ship it in a bubble mailer instead? Walmart is really bad about sending out one item of 20 in a large box, one at a time...

Lisa Reuss
Community Member
11 months ago

Amazon is the absolute WORST when it comes to packaging. Someone should introduce them to the envelope.

Carson Lujan
Community Member
1 year ago

They gave you those to pop them around your house to wake everyone up 👌

Guglielmo Marconi
Community Member
1 year ago

Couldn't pass by the store and buy it?

Smiley Rie
Community Member
1 year ago

Perhaps they live somewhere where their local stores don't carry that battery size - for those of us out in rural & remote areas, we can't always pop down to the shops to buy everything

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tinker bell
Community Member
8 months ago

yeah that happens alot to my family

Max L.
Community Member
11 months ago

Safety first

Tyna Harrison
Community Member
11 months ago

how wasteful

Madeline Shafer
Community Member
1 year ago

i got some that was a yard long

Lindy Mac
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG...this battery got 4x the bubble wrap that my order of 2 books and a watch got.. Needless to day the books flew all over the box and one got really damaged. Amazon needs to rethink their M.O.

Troy Currie
Community Member
1 year ago

You couldn't just pick up those batteries when you went past a store...any store? They are sold everywhere you find batteries.

Marilyn Slater
Community Member
1 year ago

Seriously, Amazon?!

Pili
Community Member
1 year ago

What a waste

Sara Mccracken
Community Member
1 year ago

this makes me very mad! I have had similar things arrive from Amazon

Michele Aka-Mimi
Community Member
1 year ago

Something they do all the time. My meds company does so as well!

Lemon
Community Member
1 year ago

mmmkay

Fran
Community Member
1 year ago

Ridiculous! At least it's corrugated cardboard, one of the easiest things to recycle.

Baali Venomax
Community Member
1 year ago

what IS that?

Sue Koches
Community Member
1 year ago

Yup!

Catherine Cramer
Community Member
1 year ago

So that's why we pay a ton in shipping costs! :(

Smith David
Community Member
1 year ago

Large package with a wee little passenger!

Caprice Percle
Community Member
1 year ago

I have received some like that!

Caprice Percle
Community Member
1 year ago

I have gotten some like that!

Stan Chung
Community Member
1 year ago

they must post this as a joke. bored perhaps

Claudia Machado
Community Member
1 year ago

First of all, why should we believe that someone ordered a pack of ordinary battery online? Then, trying to explaining why the big package it's because they need to organize all packages into the truck. It's not like the courier will take you package directly from the store and deliver it to you. There are other packages inside the truck. Also, a small package can be forgotten.

Troy Currie
Community Member
1 year ago

I agree...they can find these batteries anywhere that sells batteries now and days.

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Laur 24
Community Member
1 year ago

big box little item. They got their hopes up for nothing. unless they have an obsession with batteries...

Tim Scott
Community Member
1 year ago

Overkill is ordering a standard battery like this online

Alan Ersen
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL

Being_Cori
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

but would the parcel receiver be OK if the parcel was delay as the sender may have not had the appropriate packaging ?

Cherry
Community Member
1 year ago

Can just send it via envelope.

Lorraine Woollands
Community Member
1 year ago

This is not unusual for Amazon

Zdyp
Community Member
1 year ago

This should be prohibited by Law in all countries.

Marianne Lynch
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahaha

Lynn Korbel
Community Member
1 year ago

I have received similar packages from Amazon.

Ashley Harrold
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow epic fail Amazon

Steve Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm calling bs on this one

Missy Barton
Community Member
1 year ago

This is exactly how the single bottle of nail polish I bought a few months ago was packaged. I yelled at Amazon on Twitter

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

Send the waste back

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Caren Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

Wasteful frickn' company! I got this kinda box too

Felicia Dale
Community Member
1 year ago

This happens with our orders way too often. Very irritating!

Danielle Renee
Community Member
1 year ago

wow. that could have just come in an envelope. such a waste

Wioleta Beczek
Community Member
1 year ago

I think there work idiots

Amy Broderick
Community Member
1 year ago

I've gotten this some one

dev mehta
Community Member
1 year ago

That's work of disgruntled employee

Bonny Saxon
Community Member
1 year ago

I've gotten that much packaging for a pencil before.

Beezel Palomar
Community Member
1 year ago

Can't deny those lithium batteries got there in one piece.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 year ago

Why buy from Amazon? Strange.

Flash Henry
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazon and Staples seems to be the main culprits of this nonsense.

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 year ago

What are those, watch batteries? A padded envelope would have done.

Naomi Cline
Community Member
1 year ago

I think a small bubble envelope would have sufficed!

Cindy Collins
Community Member
1 year ago

This is just stupid. Stick it in an envelope and mail it!

Esca Sav
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

My dog loves destroying this packaging. Hilarious to watch her run around with a trail of inflated bags behind her. Note: She does not eat them, she likes popping them, she is safe

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

they keep complaining the stuff arrive broken. -Hold my beer

Brivid
Community Member
1 year ago

Keep the money in your community.

Brivid
Community Member
1 year ago

Support your local businesses!

European other
Community Member
1 year ago

That's like a joke

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
1 year ago

In a flat envelope it would save them delivery cost as it'd fit letterbox --- no waiting for door opening, or "sorry we missed you" repeats. So this is mad.

Asat Voong
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

My net cable was shipped like that, but bigger box.

James Naron
Community Member
1 year ago

At least your package had something in it. I ordered a laptop stand and received an empty envelope. The seller did at least respond quickly with a new shipment, but it never should have happened.

Simba
Community Member
1 year ago

Same for me! I bought a micro sd card and it came in a large box like this! Had to take one day annual leave to personally collect the BOX at the post office! Not only this created so much waste but also lots of inconvenience and time wasted for me and everyone involved!

Louise Stange-Wahl
Community Member
1 year ago

O M G!

Giles Gallie
Community Member
1 year ago

The stupidity of it.

Matthew Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Amazon in the UK don't do this, in all the years I've used them, they have never done this.

lia minou
Community Member
1 year ago

Ow-ow me too, me too!! I received two tiny tubes of watercolor paint and the box was this oversized😁

Rench
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't know what he paid for those, but they're only $5 where i live

Miranda Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

wow!!

Christina Sersif
Community Member
1 year ago

This happens waaaaay too much

Chuck
Community Member
1 year ago

That is also how Tracfone sends Sim cards LOL

L McN
Community Member
1 year ago

Had the same thing for a small box, go pro size. But it came in a box capable of holding a couple bags of 50 pounds of dog food. What a waste.

Rhon
Community Member
1 year ago

This is like the lipstick I ordered from Avon!

Lululoohoo
Community Member
1 year ago

I have never understood when Amazon ships a box within a box too.

JJM
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't know why Amazon does this.. It's such a waste.

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#2

During Their Mating Season, The Masking Tape Must Be Separated To Avoid Unnecessary Violence

During Their Mating Season, The Masking Tape Must Be Separated To Avoid Unnecessary Violence

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hobbitly
Community Member
1 year ago

That title, haha

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#3

I Love It That Stores Really Care About Making Sure Your Products Arrive In One Piece, However, I Ordered A Candle!

I Love It That Stores Really Care About Making Sure Your Products Arrive In One Piece, However, I Ordered A Candle!

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

Hours and hours of fun lol.

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Forbes from Greenpeace continued: “Companies are still stuck in this outdated business model that uses unnecessary packaging and puts the onus on the consumer to clean it up. It is up to all of us to demand accountability from these companies that continue to churn out throwaway plastic. It's time to demand systems of reuse rather than polluting throwaway packaging.”

#4

My Dell Order Of Six Ink Cartridges Arrived Today

My Dell Order Of Six Ink Cartridges Arrived Today

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STress the Terrible
Community Member
1 year ago

If the owner fails to build a cardboard castle of this, they are a soulless monster...

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#5

It May Look Like Our Designer Roo Is Hibernating, But This Is Just The Packaging Used To Protect The Eco-Friendly Light Bulbs

It May Look Like Our Designer Roo Is Hibernating, But This Is Just The Packaging Used To Protect The Eco-Friendly Light Bulbs

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Thomas Es Thomas
Community Member
1 year ago

That industrial butcher paper is 100% recyclable, and bio-degradable. Shred it to bits and add to compost.

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#6

Destroying The Planet One Apple At A Time

Destroying The Planet One Apple At A Time

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Thomas Es Thomas
Community Member
1 year ago

Fifty pence for a single Apple? No wonder Brits are all skinny. Here in America apples go for $2.40 a dozen. (£0.50 is about $0.85 each.).

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Some British supermarkets take the packaging waste problem very seriously. For example, Waitrose has impressed its environmentally-conscious shoppers by offering them the possibility of buying food and drink without any packaging.

#7

The Packaging Of Lol Dolls

The Packaging Of Lol Dolls

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

That is very expensive rubbish too. Have you seen the price of LOL merchandise?

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#8

Gas Station Packaging For One Dose

Gas Station Packaging For One Dose

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M Dream
Community Member
1 year ago

to avoid theft. same thing with usb sticks.

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#9

This Is How Our Shop Received 700 Disposable Screws. Individually Packaged, With Plastic Thread Protectors

This Is How Our Shop Received 700 Disposable Screws. Individually Packaged, With Plastic Thread Protectors

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N G
Community Member
1 year ago

Screw you packaging

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That means that customers can fill their own containers with a whole range of Waitrose products, such as rice, cleaning materials, wine, beer, etc. from various dispensers. This not only helps the environment but is good for your wallet as well because product prices drop by around a seventh as a result. Of course, this means that we won’t get to build any forts with all the unnecessary packaging. But some sacrifices must be made for the greater good.

#10

I Decided To Try Use Less Plastic So I Ordered 4 Re-Usable Straws, This Is The Amount Of Packaging They Came In

I Decided To Try Use Less Plastic So I Ordered 4 Re-Usable Straws, This Is The Amount Of Packaging They Came In

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Andrew Huang
Community Member
1 year ago

Stop ordering those straws to save the planet for God's sake

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#11

Dear Amazon, Please Explain Why You Need All This Packaging To Send Us Little Label?

Dear Amazon, Please Explain Why You Need All This Packaging To Send Us Little Label?

MIrandaJennieJo Report

wandile dludlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Why are you ordering from amazon something you can pick up at home depot/wallmart on your way home? That's where it all went wrong

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#12

2 Boxes Of Tea... 30+ Feet Of Bubble Wrap

2 Boxes Of Tea... 30+ Feet Of Bubble Wrap

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Come on this is an overkill, tea isn't that fragile

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“By utilizing reusable bottles, bags, or containers, we can start to build the systems that we want to see from large companies. Ultimately, large-scale systemic change will depend on companies like Nestle, Coca-Cola, and PepsiCo changing their business models to reject throwaway plastic packaging. By rejecting throwaway culture, we can move them in a better direction quickly,” Forbes said, adding that those readers who want to learn more can read Greenpeace’s reports here and here.

#13

Amazon, I Don't Think The Box Was Big Enough

Amazon, I Don't Think The Box Was Big Enough

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Sarah Panhorst
Community Member
1 year ago

Why???

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#14

Excessive Packaging For A Battery I Ordered Online

Excessive Packaging For A Battery I Ordered Online

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Why not just send it in that yellow envelope? I don't understand

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#15

My New Insurance Refuses To Pay For Meds I’ve Been On For Years. My Doc Gets Free Samples And Gives Them To Me. This Is The Packaging For 15 Days Of Pills

My New Insurance Refuses To Pay For Meds I’ve Been On For Years. My Doc Gets Free Samples And Gives Them To Me. This Is The Packaging For 15 Days Of Pills

katyanastasia Report

CherylTunt
Community Member
1 year ago

Recycle it

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Bored Panda also talked to Kara Pochiro of the Association of Plastic Recyclers about the topic. According to Pochiro, “packaging often has a variety of uses that the general consumer does not realize such as protection and preservation.”

“If consumers purchase products and packaging made with recycled content, this will encourage companies to use more recycled content, can boost demand for that material, and increase recycling rates,” Pochiro explained, suggesting that customers recycle and conserve to help the environment. “Consumers play a big role in the success of recycling programs. They need to recycle and buy products and packaging made with recycled content.”

Back in 2018, more than 40 British companies, including the UK’s largest supermarkets, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, and others, vowed to cut plastic use within 7 years.

Reuters notes that these companies promised to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic packaging in the UK by 2025. There’s still a long way to go until then (unless you’re reading this in 2025, in which case, hello, future Pandas!) and this is just one country. But it’s a strong start.

#16

Ordered A Bulk Order On Amazon From A Single Seller. They Sent Each Item In Their Own Individual Envelope With Their Own Individual Tracking Number - 50 Items In 50 Envelopes

Ordered A Bulk Order On Amazon From A Single Seller. They Sent Each Item In Their Own Individual Envelope With Their Own Individual Tracking Number - 50 Items In 50 Envelopes

basilfruit Report

Crystal Pearson
Community Member
1 year ago

wow that's crazy for more than the excessive packaging part . I wonder how many items were lost in the mail out of 50 i

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#17

I Picked Up Three Months Worth Of Anxiety Medication

I Picked Up Three Months Worth Of Anxiety Medication

Each lot of 28 tablets came in it’s own little tub which came in an individual box each with a set of instructions. I emptied all the separate tubs into one tub and it’s not even full.

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Max M
Community Member
1 year ago

I do the same with melatonin. I can pour 3-4 bottles together and they each have 120 pills. It's crazy that waste. Some meds I use, I need to poke every pill out of the sheet, since the ones in bottles cost about 18 dollar more, in our currency. More waste, lower price

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#18

I Love Your Products, Dr. Perricone, But Please Sort Out The Wasteful Packaging

I Love Your Products, Dr. Perricone, But Please Sort Out The Wasteful Packaging

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Molly Universe
Community Member
1 year ago

Who is Dr. Perricon?

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Andrew Almack, the CEO of Plastics for Change, had this to say to Bored Panda: “Removing unnecessary plastic requires companies to redefine their supply chain. They have to do RnD while keeping in mind challenges like the visual appeal of product packaging, the durability of alternatives, sustained supply of alternatives, costing and manufacturing.”

According to Almack, customers are a ‘force’ that can bring about change in the market. “It is important for customers to purchase and use products made by businesses that focus on sustainability. When people start buying from eco-friendly businesses, the demand for such good would increase and ignite other players to cater to this trend which could be done by a simple change in current company policies.”

He continued: “Being more conscious about our throwaway culture is where one should surely start. Simple changes to eliminate single-use plastic go a long way: avoid gum and plasticware, reuse storage containers and use razors with replaceable blades.”

#19

Today In Excessive Packaging

Today In Excessive Packaging

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Giette Hulsbosch
Community Member
1 year ago

what is this?

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#20

This Much Packaging For This Small Of An Eco Friendly Product No Less. This Is Just So Laughably Bad

This Much Packaging For This Small Of An Eco Friendly Product No Less. This Is Just So Laughably Bad

kristawie Report

Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

Does amazon not have small boxes?

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#21

All This Non Recyclable Packaging Used To Send Copper Tubing. 20 Envelopes For 20 Pieces When All Could Easily Fit Into One

All This Non Recyclable Packaging Used To Send Copper Tubing. 20 Envelopes For 20 Pieces When All Could Easily Fit Into One

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Max M
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe you post service steals stuff and the company wanted to be sure you at least got some of your order?

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Furthermore, Bored Panda interviewed a spokesperson from the Alliance to End Plastic Waste: “Everyone agrees: plastic waste does not belong in our oceans, or anywhere in the environment. And despite the many benefits of plastic to health, safety, sustainability and convenience, plastic waste has become a challenge in parts of the world because it is not managed properly.”

The spokesperson went on to say that “to help address the challenge in a globally coordinated and transformative way, over 40 companies around the world, from across the plastics value chain – companies that make, use, sell, process, collect and recycle plastics – have joined together with a clear mission: to help end plastic waste in the environment.”

They continued: “The Alliance to End Plastic Waste has pledged 1.5 billion dollars over the next five years to develop, accelerate and bring to scale solutions to minimize and manage plastic waste, catalyze investment, engage communities and promote solutions including reducing, reusing, recovering, and recycling materials. Alliance efforts will be implemented in a coordinated way with support and resources from both the public and private sectors, facilitating comprehensive, meaningful and lasting change that will help end plastic waste in the environment.”

#22

Sephora At It Again For A .05oz Concealer

Sephora At It Again For A .05oz Concealer

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Sarah Panhorst
Community Member
1 year ago

Do companies just not make small boxes???

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#23

Oh Good! My Battery Arrived

Oh Good! My Battery Arrived

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Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

Where?

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#24

50 Feet Of Paper For 1 Bag Of Kitty Litter

50 Feet Of Paper For 1 Bag Of Kitty Litter

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FloC
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, it comes with toys for the cat :D

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#25

Buddy Bought Two Mini Cast Irons From Amazon

Buddy Bought Two Mini Cast Irons From Amazon

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Jon S.
Community Member
1 year ago

What do people actually use these for?

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#26

I Ordered Three Pairs Of Drumsticks From Amazon. They All Showed Up Separately In Boxes Way Bigger Than Necessary

I Ordered Three Pairs Of Drumsticks From Amazon. They All Showed Up Separately In Boxes Way Bigger Than Necessary

daleyndaily Report

ThatRandomMofo
Community Member
1 year ago

You bought them from separate sources right

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#27

Amazon... Really?!

Amazon... Really?!

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M.J.
Community Member
1 year ago

Really?! Bepanten ordered from Amazon. Just why...

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#28

All This Packaging For This Little Item

All This Packaging For This Little Item

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Fatima Nasser
Community Member
1 year ago

sometimes they need to use that much of packaging so your tiny item won't be lost between all other parcels.

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#29

“We Want Less Plastic” Plastic Straws Individually Wrapped In Plastic Then Put In A Plastic Bag

“We Want Less Plastic” Plastic Straws Individually Wrapped In Plastic Then Put In A Plastic Bag

TooManyTriesForAName Report

Lotus Flower
Community Member
1 year ago

Why are you buying plastic straws in the first place? Confused. Maybe I’m missing something.

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#30

I Ordered A Custom Eyeshadow Palette

I Ordered A Custom Eyeshadow Palette

dananky Report

Sonja
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow.i really do not know how to repurpose..this..

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