No fluff, no frills, no fancy packaging for retail shelves. These bulk packaging products are sold in large quantity to corporate customers, or for retail stores that are packaging it with their brand name box or bundling it with other products, so they don't need the additional packaging and it cuts down on the cost for both parties. It's going to be the original product with manufacture warranty and it should come with all the necessary parts like the charger, etc. But as far as the manual goes, that can be questionable, but you usually can find it online directly from the manufacturer.
The choice is yours, if you are familiar with the product and know how it works, or you're buying it as a replacement for one that got lost or was broken, I would take the bulk packaging. Even if it aren't for those reasons, if you don't care about the pretty packaging, the product should be just fine. They won't be seconds and should be new and unused unless they specifically mention that they are refurbished or blemished.
Good luck with your decision. I hope this helps somewhat.
Apologies if this question has been answered elsewhere...I searched and came up with nada.
I'm about to buy an Aliph Jawbone 2 Bluetooth headset (thanks to helpful editor and user reviews on CNET), but I'm seeing the same headset at very different price points. The cheaper is "bulk packaging." I've read reviews on Amazon.com saying 'bulk packaged' products may show up without all of the bits and pieces or manual.
Any advice on buying bulk packaged stuff? Are some retailers better at bulk packaging than others? Is it better to just cough up the extra $20-$25 for retail packaging? I hate the oversized packaging, but I also want a clean product with all the parts it's supposed to come with.