Packaging makes no sense to me

I bought an XBOX Live Camera today, because well – because I didn’t have one.  Anyway, Best Buy had it in a large security box made of clear plastic.  The box is probably close to 8.5 x 11 inches and four inches deep.  The packaging for the camera itself was that nearly impenetrable software packaging that’s take a finger off if you aren’t careful.

It cost $39.00.

I also bought a $129 USB flash Drive (8 gigs).  It was in the same plastic packaging, but no security box.  It would have easily fit into a pocket, unlike the packaging for the XBOX Live Cam.

So why did Best Buy decide to secure a $39 item and not a $130 item?  Doesn’t make sense to me.

But it is a pain in the a**.


  1. It’s very simple, some things get stolen a lot. Some things don’t. It’s not about the price, it’s about the store tracking what walks out the door. What’s the most shoplifted item in UK stores? Razor blades (those fancy expensive ones, I’m not surprised). They resell easily. So you don’t see them on the shelves, just little cards to take to the counter. Other things next to them cost the same, but don’t get stolen.

  2. I thought about a similar thing once, when I noticed at Target, that they have row after row with freely accesible CD’s and DVD’s, but if you want an xbox or playstation game, someone has to unlock a cabinet for you to get you the desired game (sometimes same general shape and price as a DVD).I think it may have something to do with the age of the people most interested in the product and the associated chance that that person of that age:a). has a very strong desire to posess said item, and b). has no money, and so c). tends to get creative with regards to a). … if you get my drift