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Amanda Rock

Toy Packaging — Too Much Hassle or Necessary?

By December 26, 2013

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So now that all the unwrapping is done, it's time to start the real opening. The toys that is.

For the past few days, my kids have been tearing through their gifts, giving each one their due with some quality playing time. But there is a waiting period involved. Some toys need to be assembled. And they all need to be taken out of their boxes. Which means mommy has lots of cuts and nicks on my hand, thanks to packaging that rivals the security systems at some banks.

Look, I get it. Toys need to be secured into their packaging to prevent theft and loss. I just wish it was a bit less of it. It's bad enough that the boxes have to be torn to smithereens -- but then you have to fight your way through steel ties, vacuum packaging and even some screws.

Some retailers are trying to ease the (literal) pain that consumers are going through. Online giant Amazon has had frustration-free packaging for over four years now, with great success. They work with manufacturers to produce boxes that are easy to open and recyclable.

I don't know, am I being too whiny? It's just a box of toys after all.  Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

January 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm
(1) Tlo says:

I have two kids and I agree with your gripe about the packaging. I remeber one year I had to unscrew about 12 screws and clip about ten zip ties just to unwrap a preschooler’s toy that also need to be assembled after that 2 hours later when I finally had to toy set up my kid npo longer even cared about the toy.

December 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm
(2) Catherine says:

The zip ties were bad enough, and then toy companies starting using screws. Those drive me crazy – I have to go find a teeny screwdriver just to get at this toy? So annoying!

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