If you've ever purchased commercial software, you'll know how much space gets wasted boxing up a single optical disc. But even software vendors are put to shame by the space-wasting potential of Livescribe pen refills.
Here at Lifehacker we're big fans of the Livescribe, and at $14.95 its ink refills aren't terrible value either. But it's beyond me why five pen nibs which can be stored in an area not much bigger than a band-aid need to be sold in a package that's massively larger than that. The picture tells the story -- the white cardboard is the actual content, the rest of the box is just empty air.
I understand that retail logic often dictates that goods which could be sold in minimal space have to be given larger packaging to make them look like "better value" -- software is the classic example. But for a $15 refill bundle, I don't think that flies as an argument. I can only hope more eco-friendly packaging emerges in the future.
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