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Amazon is now giving away cardboard boxes

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 01, 2003

Amazon is now giving away cardboard boxes.

Reader comments

MacDaraJul 01, 2003 at 2:40PM

“…can only be shipped within the US.” Typical.

souloniceJul 02, 2003 at 8:39AM

Do you really want a box of crap? Sounds like inventory (read crap) purging to me. And if I were Amazon I wouldn’t ship overseas either. It makes sense not to.

alphJul 02, 2003 at 9:20AM

Note you can buy them “used” starting at $8.50.

MacDaraJul 02, 2003 at 1:58PM

Amazon US actually do a lot of overseas business, partiularly from English-speaking parts of Europe. Sure, it’s grey market but the Internet was supposed to do away with such restrictive practices.

souloniceJul 02, 2003 at 2:03PM

Yes, MacDara, but there is the harsh reality of shipping co$ts. Shipping is one of, if not the most important factor in successful e-commerce (specifically when you sell goods not services). Amazon is probably not losing much money shipping to the US, overseas is entirely different.

MacDaraJul 02, 2003 at 6:25PM

You are aware that overseas customers do pay addition fees for shipping, aren’t you? We don’t get it for free like you lot. (And they can be quite high too, but overall I tend to save money due to the horrible import costs of, say, CDs here.) Add the fact that they bulk mail, so they most likely get a discount, and there’s your ‘harsh reality’.

souloniceJul 07, 2003 at 11:08AM

I guess they’re doing it just to spite you……

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.