questionsdo you choose "frustration-free packaging" from…

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I've never seen that as an option. Thanks for the heads up, I'll look for it.

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I have never had much frustration opening anything for myself (electronics and such) but my kids get toys that come with 2317 wires with plastic tabs holding them in place. And you have to remove 542 pieces of tape to get to the wires so you can remove them. It's so aggravating that I'd like to buy a wood chipper to throw things into while trying to open those packages. If they have the option on children's toys, I'll be sure to use it. I wouldn't even mind paying 20-25% more for it.

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It is great for things like SDHC cards, no annoying plastic packaging that require a razor or scissors to open.

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Yes, though I still find it frustrating.

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For flash memory, I'll get frustration free packaging if its cheaper, if its the same price, I'd opt for the factory packaging. Not that I don't trust Amazon, but if I ran a company and had open product returns, I'd like to be able to unload them at regular price, just sayin.

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I use it if the difference in price isn't very much. I bought a memory card a month or so ago, and it was worth the few extra cents not to have to deal with the clamshell packaging.

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People have had varying levels of success with "frustration free packaging". Usually it's supposed to be really good but check this article out:

http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/30/amazons-frustration-free-packaging-is-anything-but-for-hard-dri/

As for answering the question, I've never used it. Usually when I buy things off Amazon they aren't eligible but when I've considered it before it was more expensive than other options. It's an awesome idea but I'm sure it saves them money and I won't pay extra for it.

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@gonffen: that sucks. i saw a treehugger article that critiqued it too, but the comments were also informative http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/09/amazon-frustration-free-packaging-fail.php

the item i was looking at, and was going to post on deals.woot is this
http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Conserve-Socket-F7C009q-Energy-Saving/dp/B003P2UMS0/ref=sr_1_33?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1305922750&sr=1-33
you can click back and forth from retail pkg to frustration-free and the price is the same. i assumed the price was always the same, but there's a page that lists all their FFP items and clicking back and forth between them isn't always the same price. http://www.amazon.com/b/?&node=1289004011

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one thing i don't like about the packaging i'm seeing in the pics is that they show the brand name on the outside packaging. the box that gets shipped says "Mattel" or "playskool". i used to work retail and around Christmas when customers could read the box brands and know they were a certain brand of toys, they'd try to open them to get at the Elmo or game system.

the same way that one of the treehugger comments says that they ship tiny items in bigger packaging to minimize theft during transit, i'd be scared of the brand names on the outside also causing theft.

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Frustrating packaging is good training. I have children, dogs and a husband. Why lessen the frustration in life now that I'm getting good at it?

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Didn't even know it existed. Not sure if it's beneficial.

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just found out about it, bought a Logitech Harmony One Remote and got it in amazon packaging. i liked it, no plastic to cut, just simple and "green" very handy

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I always keep a pair of those "able-to-cut-a-penny-in-half" scissors closeby, so for me, the decision to go frustration-free is entirely dependent on price.