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Sep. 27th, 2008 | 11:03 am



Three items from Amazon arrived this morning, in packaging that had inverse relationship to their actual size. Firstly, a new keyboard (a generic Mac keyboard from Macally, not as nice and compact as the official Apple one but a lot cheaper) which was just in retail packaging the same size as it and wrapped tightly in a plastic bag.

Secondly, a three-cup espresso pot, which was in its own sensibly-sized box, which had then been put into an Amazon cardboard box about eight times its size (say, 1.5 shoeboxes worth). Not too bad though; I think that's the smallest Amazon box.

Thirdly - three styluses for a Palm. The styluses are already in an annoying blister pack, but that is still small enough to fit into an envelope. This was affixed to the bottom of a vast cavernous box which, I estimate, has the volume of three shoeboxes piled on top of each other. It also had the wrong invoice in it. Let's just say this - a certain professor at the University of St Andrews knows who he is and what he bought. Drop me a little something on Paypal and the world need never know what cost £117.77 excluding VAT.

N.B. these new styluses are really making a lot of difference - I'd thought the screen was still bad before, but it was just that the stylus was about two years old and the tip was knackered
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from: soho_iced
date: Sep. 27th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
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I had a box at least as big as that from Viking with a book of stamps in it.

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