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Amazon Box Return
By Chris Boyle
Who doesn’t love Amazon?
Virtually anything your heart de-
sires is merely a click away from
being delivered to your front
door. If there’s anything better
than Amazon Prime, I haven’t
figured it out. For about $100 per
year, you get free shipping on
most purchases, and unlimited
access to Amazon Prime movies
and TV series. Subscribe & Save
means I never have to remember
to buy toilet paper, tooth brush-
es, K cups or deodorant again.
Amazon remembers for me, and
they appear magically on a bi-
monthly basis.
Formall averse guys likeme, the
whole notion of shopping while
sitting is like heaven on earth. I
never have to leave my couch,
fight traffic, findparking, or dodge
hordes of teenaged girls gum
snapping their way to the next big
sale at Abercrombie&Fitch.
But, as my father used to say,
“there’s only one fly in the ernt-
ment!” The boxes. Endless piles
of cardboard carcasses grow in
my garage like crabgrass. Be-
fore Christmas, it gets so bad, it
actually makes my kids’ rooms
look neat by comparison. It’s
not all the fault of unrestrained
consumerism either. Amazon
is an incredibly wasteful packer.
I’ll order some ballpoint pens,
and they show up in a box nor-
mally reserved for a refrigera-
tor. What’s the answer? Ama-
zon needs to accept box returns.
Provide a label in each package
that allows the consumer to affix
it to the newly empty box, and
have UPS bring it back to where
it came. Amazon gets to re-use
the boxes, UPS gets return busi-
ness, and we all feel better about
recycling. Public relations bingo!
And I get to reclaim my garage
for truly important things, like
the 200 rolls of paper towels I or-
dered fromSubscribe & Save.
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