Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/18/hp_packaging/

HP shatters excessive packaging world record

17 boxes to protect 32 A4 sheets

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 18th July 2008 10:27 GMT

We've just had an email from a shaken Stephen Strang who this morning took delivery of a very, very large box from HP:

The very large box from HP

Stephen said: "Imagine our excitement as we opened it, hoping against hope that it might contain a copy of some c-class virtual connect firmware that actually works."

Sadly not. What the überbox did contain was 16 smaller boxes "which in turn [each] contained (wrapped in foam so they wouldn't get broken) exactly two sheets of A4 paper":

A smaller box containing two sheets of A4 paper

Yup, so that's 17 boxes in total to protect 32 pages. A world-class effort there from HP. ®