July 17, 2009

The Remains Of The Day

As I mentioned back on Wednesday, the Duck U. Bookstore received its Fall shipment of used textbooks, totaling 130 boxes and nearly two tons of weight.  None of these boxes were particularly well-filled, so there was a lot of shredded cardboard used as packing material.  How much?

This much:

Mt Trashmore, scaled by duckie
By the time we had all the boxes opened, the pile was about four feet tall and about seven feet across at the base.  Now, I'm just a duck with an uncanny ability to pack boxes well (called "box origami" or "pack-fu" in the store), but you'd think that you could just fill the boxes with, y'know, textbooks and ship fewer boxes.  But what do I know?

I DO know that all that packing material ended up in the dumpster, which took five trips.  Bloody waste, that's all that is.  I knew I shouldn't've worn black...

Posted by: Wonderduck at 12:30 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 Bets on whether they shaved shipping costs by sending more, but lighter, boxes? Still seems kinda dumb...

Posted by: GreyDuck at July 17, 2009 02:46 PM (3q5Q5)

2 I'll take that bet! 

Of course, I'm cheating because I know the billing schedule.  It's by weight, so 4000 lbs in 80 boxes is charged the same amount as 4000 lbs in 130 boxes.  In fact, all that packing material just makes the shipping costs HIGHER, because it weighs a non-trivial amount.

Posted by: Wonderduck at July 17, 2009 05:27 PM (ZpwKm)

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