Thanks wj always in the know. One thing I notice when I order is I get a huge box stuffed with paper as cushioning and an item that could have gone in a much smaller box. Could Amazon address this issue to improve the volume issue?
I think they've all been trying in one way or another to do so (i.e. also Walmart, Target, Macys, etc.). FedEx Ground and UPS imposed, for many shippers, dimensional weight charges precisely because of this. Don't know what Amazon does or does not pay for in their contract, but it behooves everyone to keep the bulk down if possible. Of course, the reality is that if you don't have the perfect-sized box at the individual packer's table where you're loading the package, most likely you just do your best, push it onto the conveyor, and move on to packing the next shipment. Also, some orders just don't lend themselves to fitting perfectly in a particular standard box. Amazon has done a lot ot minimize "wasteful" retail packaging, particularly on things like Amazon Basics batteries, lightbulbs, etc. I notice that certain items from many of the major retailers, particularly clothing, no longer come in a box but rather in a Tyvek or similar envelope.
But this doesn't always work. On the flip side of this, when my car's alternator quit about 18 months ago, I ordered a brand-new Bosch one from Amazon; they had just introduced a big Amazon sold-and-shipped Bosch parts presence that they now seem to have dropped. The price was stupidly-reasonable -- like $50 less than a refurbished one from the best low-priced car parts suppliers like PartsGeek or RockAuto. Unreal, fabulous. Shipped it right to the shop my car was in, arrived the next morning by UPS. However
, they had just slapped a label on the kind of Bosch retail box that sits on the shelf at the Auto Supply place and dropped it on the loading dock. So the alternator beat the crap out of the box, shifting around inside it, and broke the connector off the alternator, so it was worthless and uninstallable. Amazon took it back, of course, but what a waste. I then had to buy a refurb one for $100 more than the new Amazon one so I could have the car back. Grrrrrr...completely irresponsible. To prevent further damage, I actually packed it properly
to ship back to them. So, maybe to save packaging, they murdered a $250+ auto part that was in no way gonna survive the journey...