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Blisterpacks. How do you open them?

by Kiddpeat / January 25, 2006 1:18 PM PST

I swear, whoever designs these things, should be tarred and feathered. Am I the only one who is bugged by this stuff?

You can see everything inside the package, but there is no way to easily open it. You can't tear it open anymore. I have to use the blades on my Leatherman, and risk cutting off a finger or two to get them open. You've got to penetrate heavy plastic, and cut it far enough to pull the contents out. It also takes a very sharp blade to cut through. Then the edges of the plastic are sharp enough to cut if you are unfortunate enough to slip. Once I penetrate the outer layer, I frequently find a second package inside that has to be deciphered to figure out how it opens up.

Just think! McDonald's got sued because their coffee is hot. Why aren't these packagers getting sued?

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I find that most of these packages
by grimgraphix / January 25, 2006 1:36 PM PST

have a crimped over edge on the back side of the packaging. If you use a very sharp razor knife and cut through the first layer of plastic along this edge you can remove the contents and hang it back up on the rack before store security cat.... uh... I just smear dog food on it and let the dogs open it up for me....



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(NT) (NT) With a SERIOUS pair of poultry shears (scissors)
by Jack Ammann / January 25, 2006 2:19 PM PST
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I use my old Fiskars!!
by Glenda / January 25, 2006 2:43 PM PST

And what ever else it takes!! I hate these things!!!

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Me too --
by Evie / January 25, 2006 9:13 PM PST
In reply to: I use my old Fiskars!!

A serious pair of older craft scissors that also cut wire! ... and Evie ... but that's another story Wink

Evie Happy

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RE: "whoever designs these things"
by caktus / January 25, 2006 4:15 PM PST

like those who plastic rap CD's should be in charge of Homeland Security.

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(NT) (NT) You hit the nail on the head!
by Angeline Booher / January 27, 2006 12:07 AM PST
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Al Qaeda
by TONI H / January 25, 2006 5:44 PM PST

Ya see...all their bombs are encased in blister packs which is why the mfr is in cahoots with the box cutter mfr and why terrorists carry the box cutters like loose change in their pockets. Standard 'terrorist military' regulation hardware.

By the time I'm done using the box cutter I have here to open anything shrouded in blister packs, the pack looks like a bomb went off inside the darn thing....and the plastic casings are sharp enough to qualify as added shrapnel.


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(NT) (NT) Perhaps we need a war on blister packs.
by caktus / January 29, 2006 4:04 PM PST
In reply to: Al Qaeda
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Xacto knife works but I have to think the reason
by Steven Haninger / January 25, 2006 8:14 PM PST

for doing this is for both security and to discourage returns of merchandise. Thieves want to pocket merchandise quickly and getting packages open take time. I have wondered when someone will get injured and the lawyers will pounce. Not only can you get injured by your own knife, scissors, etc. but the plastic is often very sharp once you slice it. I also wonder what happened years ago when packaging, itself, was an environmental issue. Folks complained about the amount such material that required disposal. It seems we have gone backwards from the environmental concern....probably Bush's fault. Wink

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(NT) (NT) I make my "macho" hubby open them!
by shaner7575 / January 25, 2006 9:42 PM PST
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Make the store manager do it for you
by Dick White / January 25, 2006 10:16 PM PST

It will take a little longer, but at some point, we (the consumers) will make our point. We paid for the product, we're entitled to be able to get it out of the package and use it. The stores don't care because it is not a cost to them. So make it a cost (and the highest cost possible - waste the time of the most expensive person in the store: the top manager, not some low stockboy) and they'll learn.


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(NT) (NT) I like it!
by Kiddpeat / January 26, 2006 4:33 AM PST
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(NT) (NT) Now that would be a kicker.
by caktus / January 29, 2006 4:06 PM PST
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And it's often hard to avoid damaging the instructions
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / January 25, 2006 10:37 PM PST

(and warranty -- probably the point!) on the back. Further, it makes it impossible for you to return an item that doesn't suit once tried -- probably also the point Sad

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by Evie / January 25, 2006 10:42 PM PST

I've never had a problem in that regard if it's a WalMart, HomeDepot, BestBuy, etc. purchase, so long as all the parts are there.

I'm not sure what happens with it after I return it, but that's their problem.

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RE: Returning
by caktus / January 29, 2006 4:09 PM PST
In reply to: Returning

Another good reason for having the store manager open the dern thing.

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Cursing seems to help :)
by MarciaB / January 25, 2006 11:31 PM PST

But, as some others mentioned, heavy-duty scissors used on three sides are the ticket. That way, I don't have to try to pry it open with my fingers to get to the product. But, again, as DK mentioned, you often mangle any paperwork inside when you do so.

I cannot imagine someone with arthritis in their hands/fingers dealing with these packages. Even with using heavy-duty scissors, one must use alot of force to cut the plastic. Sad

Nasty things, IMO. And, as I said above, cursing seems to help. Grin


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That's the funniest response yet!
by Evie / January 25, 2006 11:43 PM PST

Thanks for a morning chuckle Wink

I think **** has the solution for the arthritis sufferers. I would have someone in the store open it for me after I had paid for it.

Evie Happy

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and to add to that suggestion
by MarciaB / January 25, 2006 11:48 PM PST

maybe if each and everyone of us took those packages to the store manager for assistance, there would eventually be enough complaints from the retailers themselves that they would change the packaging.

I have handled several of these hard plastic packaging things that had "snap" type buttons on the top two corners and a tab to grab onto that allowed you to pull them apart much easier, and without tools. Those should be the example for other packaging companies.


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I do think the major motivation ...
by Evie / January 26, 2006 4:36 AM PST

... is theft prevention. Choosing between buying a small USB jumpdrive in an oversized plastic contraption vs. waiting for Joe Salesguy to come over to unlock the case that houses small, more costly items, and I'll pick the former.

Evie Happy

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Yes, those I like. That's what they all used to be like.
by Kiddpeat / January 26, 2006 4:37 AM PST

At least it seems that way.

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In accord w/applicable Federal law,
by drpruner / January 25, 2006 11:49 PM PST

1) if arthritis meds, use your fingers.
2) if dental problem, use your teeth.
3) if contact lenses, twist entire package.
and so on.

For complaints, call 1800TooBad and access our automated telephone system.
Regards, The 21st Century

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And if your desire is to
by TONI H / January 26, 2006 12:02 AM PST

meet a Fed in person, cut the label off your mattress.


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(NT) (NT) LOL!
by drpruner / January 26, 2006 1:00 AM PST
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by Rolway / January 26, 2006 4:45 AM PST

Let out a war hoop, stomp your feet, growl, then grab it in your teeth and ripppp.

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(NT) (NT) That's the way my ex-wife did it. ;-)
by John Robie / January 26, 2006 7:10 AM PST
In reply to: Easy.....
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Hmm ...... You must be part
by Glenda / January 26, 2006 7:13 AM PST
In reply to: Easy.....

Bulldog at least! LOL! I just had my two front teeth foxed and at the price that cost I don't use them for anything like that:( If all else fails I make Jim open them:)

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(NT) (NT) In case you wonder, that wasn't foxed, but FIXED! LOL
by Glenda / January 26, 2006 7:14 AM PST
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(NT) (NT) I wondered what the heck you were talkin' about! :)
by MarciaB / January 26, 2006 7:18 AM PST
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(NT) (NT) I blame my long nails for this!!!! LOL
by Glenda / January 26, 2006 7:42 AM PST
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