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March 17th, 2003

For Sale: Air!

While I’m still trying to grasp the concept of paying for air to fill the tires on your car (yeah, yeah, I know — it pays for the machine, but why all of a sudden when it used to be free?), in recent years, I’ve become even more amazed with a new kind of air-for-sale: Fill-Air.

Fill-Air (and PolyAir’s Air Space) are machines that fill up those little plastic pillows that you find in your Amazon.com mailings with air. Who would have ever thought, with all the effort and time put into manufacturing and using styrofoam peanuts and torn up newspaper that one of the best packing materials turns out to be something we fill our lungs with 21,600 times a day?

As odd as it seemed to me at first, it’s actually probably a good thing for consumers from a cost perspective: mailing a small item packed tightly in a box with air pillows probably costs a noticable amount less than that same box padded with shredded paper (though the plastic may be less eco-friendly).

Posted in Just Plain Odd

FROM: IanC
DATE: Monday March 17, 2003 -- 8:04:25 am
Surely this is just a variant on the buble-wrap that we've all known and loved since we were kids (only less fun when it comes to popping the bubles).



FROM: IanC
DATE: Monday March 17, 2003 -- 8:05:23 am
Sorry for my complete inabilty to spell 'bubble'... What can I say, It's Monday!



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday March 17, 2003 -- 10:11:26 am
That's alright, Ian... we'll let it pass.



FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday March 17, 2003 -- 11:57:29 am
Packing peanuts are truely one of mankinds worst ideas. Tha Amazon air pockets are better, although you have to pop each pocket individually when you throw them away, otherwise they waste a lot of space in the garbage can.



FROM: merv
DATE: Monday March 17, 2003 -- 2:08:53 pm
this style of void fill packaging has been around longer than the internet. just be careful using the stuff when you ship stuff cross country... many packages are routed through colorado and these void fillers become flatter than a collapsed lung and no longer work to fill the void spaces. i can't remember if fedex/ups airplane cargo holds are pressurized or not so there may be the same problem when shipping things overnight.



FROM: Greg C
DATE: Monday March 17, 2003 -- 2:44:51 pm
From a shipping standpoint, Fill-Air is *much* better than bubble wrap. Warehouses are valuable for storage of actual product, but with bubble wrap you buy these big giant rolls of it. If you have to have a lot of it on hand, it can take up a lot of valuable warehouse space.

Enter Fill-Air. You fill the little bags up AT THE WAREHOUSE, so storage is minimal. Flat plastic stores in a lot less space than 1-inch-thick rolled up plastic.



FROM: Cin
DATE: Monday March 17, 2003 -- 11:20:39 pm
I love this web site. You all are SO funny! When I need a laugh, I come here. I'm garanteed to get one.



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