Monday, January 19, 2004 1:35 PM
High tech products - low tech packaging
I had an opportunity to buy two tech products this weekend (a wireless PS2 controller, by choice, and a new hard drive because my OS drive was failing) and it cinched something that I'd been noticing for a while now. Technology toys are switching over to low-tech packaging. Both purchases came in what I call Blister Packs (Cause you usually blister or cut your hands trying to get the package out of them)
I can't explain it, but it just cheapens the purchase to have to mutilate the package, and rip the product out, especially since, invariably, little parts or accessories go flying 'cause you didn't cut the package right. Am I the only one who misses the days of a good box for a CD player or other hardware? I remember buying my first CD Player (even my first Walkman cassette player) and feeling so proud when I opened that box (spending my allowance money, that's how long ago it was)
My guess is that it's cheaper to manufacture, and it's got to be quite a theft deterent if you can't open the case without a knife, but it's still frustrating when you get it home.