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November 30, 2006

Bipartisan Micropolicy

The Corner's inveighing against the evils and (literal) dangers of the hated clamshell packaging. Readers know I've been on the case for awhile. Bipartisan coalition?

November 30, 2006 | Permalink


Sorry to go massively off topic, but where da fuck is the GoreWatch™?

There's been a tsunami of chatter in the past week that Gore is going to pull the trigger. If you don't jealously guard your intellectual property here, the story will fall into the public domain.

Posted by: Petey | Nov 30, 2006 9:54:59 AM

I haven't seen that chatter -- I've just seen more denials. Link?

Posted by: Ezra | Nov 30, 2006 10:07:40 AM

Seriously, what the hell is with this stuff? Don't companies' design teams have to try opening their own products at some point during production? How has some ergonomist not designed something better? I get that it's a good anti-theft measure, but so was the gigantic CD rack-thingy they got rid of a decade ago. I refuse to believe this, the clamshell package, is the limit of human ingenuity.

P.S. I, too, am curious about a Gore link.

Posted by: jhupp | Nov 30, 2006 10:14:15 AM


Hotline On Call today has Carville mentioning it. A couple of folks mentioned it on this past weekend's Sunday shows. And I've seen some other web mentions this week, but don't remember the specifics off-hand.

Someone wants the story out there, reliability undetermined...

Posted by: Petey | Nov 30, 2006 10:14:54 AM

Hotline also notes the post-election chatter that HRC isn't running. I'd suggest a HillaryUnWatch™ as a companion focus to the GoreWatch™.

Posted by: Petey | Nov 30, 2006 10:20:24 AM


You've misspelled "liberal."

Posted by: SomeCallMeTim | Nov 30, 2006 11:05:54 AM

FYI Ezra, some ingenious character has already (finally!) invented a safer opener for "clamshell" packaging - it seems to be a simple blade locked in a self-handle, with a slot in it. From the commercials (featuring Consumer Reports' infamous chainsaw) - it appears that one is meant to insert the edge of the "clamshell" into the slot, and slide the blade around the periphery of the package, after which the "shell" neatly pops off - no muss, no fuss, etc.

Of course, the onbvious drawback is that this device will only work where the packaging is geometrically optimal, and is seamed within reach of the blade: but at least its a start! And obviates the need to get out the halberd, bodkin, or ripsaw at least part of the time. Ain't progress grand?

Posted by: Jay C | Nov 30, 2006 12:38:55 PM

People injured opening the clamshells need a law firm dedicated to tort recovery on this packaging. One stop service! Trial Lawyers galore!

Another approach would be to tell the checkout person where a clamshell package is purchased that you will demand a refund unless the store immediately opens the package after you've paid but before you leave. When enough productivity or employee-injury occurs, the stores will push back on the manufacturers. Same deal for online purchases: demand the package be opened before shipping or it will be returned.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Nov 30, 2006 1:12:42 PM

Perhaps people that can't handle the fairly trivial task of opening up a clamshell package should be put in a home. It really isn't that difficult people.

Posted by: Dave Justus | Nov 30, 2006 1:32:40 PM

a bigass pair of scissors is the easiest way in.

Posted by: dan | Nov 30, 2006 4:57:40 PM

I have found that a large pair of pinking shears work pretty well. The triangular teeth catch the plastic efficiently but you do need the largest ones you can find to get leverage.

Posted by: James Silverton | Feb 13, 2007 10:25:53 AM

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