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...although how does it square up to this superb effort from competition newcomer Sony? Paul pitches on behalf of the Japanese electronics monolith: "I snapped these pics while I unpacked a pair of boxes I received the other day. I was expecting a Jiffy bag or similar, so when a pair of 1ft square boxes turned up from Sony I was a little perplexed. I thought I may have been shipped the wrong consignment from their warehouse..."

Two large cardboard boxes from Sony

"So I opened them up to see what goodies I had been given. Between them they held 9 more smaller boxes..."

The two boxes contain nine smaller boxes

"With all the excitement of a child on Christmas morning I began opening these packages to find... more boxes! Lovingly shrink wrapped and containing ... yep, some brown boxes filled with packing foam and each holding an antistatic bag...."

Paul concludes: "And what do each of these bags contain? A single, solitary silicon chip. No wonder they cost so much. Our recycling bin is now full. Seriously, how much protection does an IC need?"

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