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Do You Keep the Boxes Your Gadgets Come In?


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I was asked on the live stream the other night if I keep the boxes when I buy new electronics or gadgets. I keep them for a while, to make sure that there are no issues that would cause the item to need to be returned.

I also hang on to them if I know I might resell the item later. For instance, I kept the box and all of the inner packaging for my iPhone 3GS. When I gave that to Kat a few months ago, I was able to safely pack it away in its original box prior to shipping. If you’re going to sell something, you’ll always get a better price if you have the original packaging.

I have a storage room that I keep the boxes in, and I likely need to clean it out to recycle stuff. There’s very few boxes I will ever use again. There’s no point in holding on to all of them.

Do you keep your boxes?

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Do You Hate to Open Plastic Packages?


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You’ve probably been in this situation before. You’re trying in vain to open plastic packing so you can get to the goodie or gadget inside. Every time I have to open one, I get more frustrated at manufacturer’s who wrap their product inside one of these dilly-bops. Yes, diddly-bop is a word! You don’t use it a lot, but try to work it into a sentence today if you can.

So here is the Open It plastic packaging opener! FINALLY, I no longer have to fight with stupid plastic.

Zibra offers you the “Open It” Universal Package Opener designed to open all types of retail packaging. This universal tool offers you a sturdy safe way to open clam shell packaging with ease. No more “Wrap Rage” when trying to open your items. There are over 6000 reported emergency room incidents resulting from wrap rage. With the Open It tool in your house you will never fall victim to the rage when trying to get into those impossible clam shell packed items we all know so well. This handy tool also offers you a box cutting blade that is neatly hidden in the handle with a safety locking feature and a small screwdriver, perfect for getting into those battery compartments on toys.

Using regular scissors often won’t work on hard plastic packages, since they weren’t really designed for that. You can use the Open It as it is, or flick a button and out will pop a box cutter. There’s also a precision screwdriver in there!! The grip is really comfortable, and is designed to work well for you no matter which hand you use.

If you know of other gadgets that can make my life easier, I’m all for it. This little thing may not be ‘tech’, but it helped me open something that is! Send me an email or leave me a comment here, and let me know what other trinkets you think I can’t live without.

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Plastic Package Opener Irony

Once a year, I can count on my mom sending a practical gift or two. This year, one of the mini-presents was a plastic package opener that would allegedly never go dull. Sounded awesome, as I’ve grown weary of opening up water- and adult-proof plastic containers. Ready for the kicker? The plastic package opener comes in a plastic package that’s equally impossible to open.

Now, I’m all for foiling theives and shoplifters, but the industry must adopt a better standard at foolproof protection. If they’re going to pack something in a plastic coating, at least they could provide USEFUL perforations in key locations. I’m waiting to start getting band-aids in plastic containers so that I can cover my cuts quickly after opening the plastic container containing the band-aids.