Oh my God do I hate packing peanuts!! As a retail shop, we receive anywhere from 10-20 shipments each week. Most of them come from distributors and manufacturers that are well versed in fitting product into a box with minimal or no packing materials. The nicer instruments we receive usually come in heavy duty boxes with special inserts at the top and bottom that cradle the instrument and protect it from damage during shipment.
But at least once a week we get a box, usually from a private party, sometimes from certain distributors, that is filled with these horrible packing peanuts. Why these infernal pieces of waste have not been nationally outlawed is beyond me. Not only are they made of styrofoam, one of nature's worst enemies, but it is absolutely impossible to unpack a box containing peanuts and not get them everywhere. Thanks to static they cling to clothing and skin and usually whatever you're trying to get out of the box. Those that don't cling will just fly out of the box willy-nilly while they try to scatter themselves all over your freshly vacuumed floor.
Due to my utter hatred of these devious bits of Satan skin, I have actually paid to send a box full of nothing but peanuts back to the sender just so they would have to deal with it!
I know, I'm very petty, but they got the message............I think.
Till next time,