Trading Standards crack down on big packages
I'm not in the habit of taking pictures of boxes but this one perfectly illustrates the following story:
It arrived the other day from the Early Learning Centre housing a flat packet of 10 crayons and a box of small bath stickers the size of a packet of noodles. Didn't they actually have anything smaller? I got quite excited when I saw it, thinking I'd been sent something else by mistake.
To stop the stuff rattling around inside, someone had helpfully stuffed another four feet of brown wrapping paper on top. First of all, I'm paying for this massive box (do they think the larger the carton is, the more value for money I'm getting for my P&P fee?) and second, it's completely unnecessary.
That said, it doesn't drive me to despair, although I imagine it was taking delivery of this sort of thing that incensed a Trading Standards officer in Leicester so much, that a computer firm was eventually prosecuted for "using excess packaging". An investigation was launched after the officer purchased a piece of software which arrived in a large box stuffed with padding.
I couldn't believe this story when I saw it. We've ranted before on BW about this very topic. I mean sometimes when something you've bought online arrives, it might make you wonder "Is it really necessary to send me a box the size of a fridge-freezer for a couple of CDs?" but this company ended up having to pay costs of nearly three-thousand quid. Yes it's annoying, but given some of the shysters we hear about on these pages who actually could do with being dragged through the courts, it's baffling that Trading Standards has nobody better to prosecute.