Just reading in another topic how much people appreciated the packaging of a product. In a way this surprises me.
If I look at something like the Naim Highline, it comes in (from memory) a foam former within a metal box in a cardboard box. I believe the powerlines are packaged in a similar way.
I can see why it’s important to protect things during shipping but… surely this is all over-kill and is just to add a sense of ‘premium’ to the product- loading cost onto the product that gets picked up by the customer.
I remember extended discussions about this when I was working about premium packaging for mobile phones- my view was (and remains) that packaging should be functional, it gets used rarely and doesn’t add to the utility of the product, just the initial experience of ‘unboxing’.
Wouldn’t we all be better off (financially and ecologically) if companies used the minimum packaging needed to be effective?
I agree, almost. Presumably you saw my note about the Witch Hat cables showing up…
You’re right; when they were handed over they’re in a well made cardboard box with the speaker cables separated as loose coils wrapped in dark tissue paper. It looks nice and realistically is the least you’d expect.
The Morganas are also in a cardboard box, but within that are in a glossy wood (effect? I haven’t looked since) box much like a jewellery presentation case. Overkill? Probably. Does it add to the cost? Definitely, but not by as much as we might believe. So in the end it’s a lovely set of cables that look the part and at first encounter certainly sound great, presented as the premium product that it is. When the time comes to sell them on the packaging will be useful to retain some value.
It does seem a little bit OTT, but if they’d arrived in a used Co-op bag it might have made me wonder. The engagement ring I bought years ago came in a nice box too.
You are of course entirely right. From memory, the last PowerLine I bought didn’t have the metal tin, but still had specially made foam inserts. The tin is of course recyclable, whereas the foam isn’t and that’s really where the effort should be being made.
Elaborate packaging could give you confidence when selling it on. That other purchaser will be just as delighted to open it.
Although elaborate packaging on an item that isn’t expected to last for long or beyond first user is unacceptable.
Cardboard packaging is a pain for me at the moment. During lockdown, naturally a lot of our shopping is done online and the house feels like it is full of boxes! The council dont supply a big enough recycling bin for card and the local tip is closed for lockdown.