Thursday, December 29, 2005

A Letter to toy packagers

Dear Sirs/Madams;

If you wish to have people purchase and use your toys would you please make it so that we can get them out of the packaging!!!!

This practice of tying the toy to the package with wire ties (many many wire ties) is bad enough, but do you then have to tape over those ties? It is hard enough to open a package while ensuring there are no small parts to get lost (while fending off the child who is terribly anxious to play with the new toy) without also having to deal with the over aggressive fastening of the to to the package.

THanks sincerely,
The League of Frustrated Parents.


  1. I know what you mean Gord! We spent a half hour trying to get Pillar's new beard trimmer out of the package. Grrrr

  2. What is especially frustrating is that so much of the packaging is unnecessary. It's not like the toys are fragile.

    I hate the pile of trash that comes with new toys.

  3. WE're having a campaign of returning unncecessary packaging to the's a bit of a hassle, but we are so in danger of being overwhelmed by a sea of unwanted plastic that it feels like a sensible move.
    Oh...and that horrible rigid plastic also means that if you have made a mistaken purchase (as with my sad Christmas camera...blogged about at my place) there is absolutely no chance of returning it "in its original condition for a full refund or exchange".

  4. It's because everything has to be shipped from China these days and has to stay "shelf ready" for the entire trip. Or so said an article in the Oregonian recently on just this topic.