Amazon's convenient packaging hates hard drives

I like Amazon’s “frustration free” packaging. When I ordered my copy of Command & Conquer 4, it came in that easy to open package, and it makes sense: why put a dvd in a box with a bag of air, and waste all that shipping? Would I trust a hard drive to that packaging? No way in hell.

Apparently Amazon thought it’d be ok though, because they’ve been sending out hard drives using the packaging. The bad news is, the packaging may be frustration free, but dying hard drives aren’t. Purchasers were reporting to Amazon that the drives were either DOA, or dying off shortly after arriving. Amazon has since quit using the convenient shipping packaging. Moral of the story: be careful what you decide the have packaged for your convenience.

[via Gadget Lab]