An online shopper was shocked when a small item she ordered from Amazon was delivered in a box so big she can fit inside.
The 4 feet by 2 feet cardboard box was for a small boom pole ‒ used to hold a microphone ‒ that was hidden inside with 30 feet of paper.
The RØDE Micro Lightweight Boompole lengthens to 6.5 feet but is just 2 feet long unextended. It also comes wrapped in plastic packaging.
Buyer Jade Nightscales, 26, said: “I just couldn’t believe the amount that came with it.
“The boom pole is so small — it was a bit of a needle in a haystack type job.
“It seems strange that they’d use this much wrapping but I’ll get it recycled for sure.”
Nightscales, who is 5 feet 1 inch tall, added: “I had to go one step further and climb inside because I knew I would fit.”
An Amazon spokesperson said: “We continue to pursue multiyear waste reduction initiatives – e-commerce ready packaging and Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging – to promote easy-to-open, 100 percent recyclable packaging and to ship products in their own packages without additional shipping boxes.
“Such efforts also seek to eliminate hard plastic ‘clamshell’ cases and the plastic-coated wire ties commonly used in toy packaging.
“These initiatives have grown to include more than 1.2 million products over time and have eliminated more than 36,000 tons of excess packaging just in 2015.”