Dear Amazon: What Do You Have Against Cleams, Anyway?

Earlier this week, I purchased some rechargeable batteries from Amazon. These batteries, in fact.

They arrived today.

Do you pay much attention to the packaging your merchandise comes in? I do.

It’s not because I’m anal-retentive or OCD or anything. Honest. I’m just… detail-oriented. Really. Ask my boss.

Anyway, here’s how the batteries come packaged:

A sturdy cardboard box, about the size of a mass-market paperback. Emblazoned with a seal promising “Certified Frustration Free Packaging”.

But wait…

Spot the problem. Go on.

It’s apparently a somewhat common typo, for some inexplicable reason. But – and this is kind of the important part – it’s still a typo.

Because I’m very cynical, I wanted to consider the possibility that I’d been sent counterfeit Amazon batteries. I mean, they did come from China, where counterfeiting is rampant, and strange typos on packaging are a hallmark of black-market Chinese products. But, alas, that would seem to be pretty much impossible; it’s not like someone would approach Amazon saying “Hey, we’ve got a shipping container full of a custom product that you have made-to-spec for you, and can give you a suspiciously good deal on ’em, interested?” or anything. Alas.

Nope, Amazon just goofed. Hey, it happens, right? I just find it sadly amusing – though not as amusing as that nobody seems to have spotted this yet.

Published in: Geekiness, General | on March 15th, 2012| 2 Comments »

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  1. On 3/27/2012 at 11:29 pm Vidar Said:

    Thank you for your amazingly well written blog. It is a very nice read, and I try to read up on your updates every few weeks. Great work. Now to the heart of the matter.

    I know this question isn´t related to this article, but you have posted some VERY interesting articles about gang-tags a few years back. I was hoping you might be able to assist me.
    I´m a norwegian writer and I am currently writing a book set in Minneapolis where I lived for a few years when going to the UofM. Part of the story is about the main character getting involved with gangs in the Twin Cities. What I am looking for is information about local gangs in the Minneapolis area. I want things to be as authentic as possible. And since I gathered that you live or have experience from the Twin Cities area I was hoping you could help.
    My questions are as follows:
    1. What are the dominant gangs in the North and north west parts of Minneapolis
    2. What and how do they mark their turf. Specifically their graffiti work.
    Hope you can help and thank you for some great and informational work!

  2. On 4/12/2012 at 6:29 pm Dai Alanye Said:

    This has nothing to do with cleams or any other blog topic, I’m merely using this method of contacting you, as you seem shy about putting out an email address.

    I just read a few pages of All the Wrong Reasons, and decided I’d like to read more — not enough to buy it, you understand, but enough to offer you a trade, writer to fellow writer, especially since we both evidently prefer the G/PG categories.

    Here’s my page on Smashwords:

    If interested, tell me what you’d like to have, and I’ll arrange a coupon in trade for yours.