Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Welcome to Glock Forum at

Why should YOU join our forums?

  • Connect with other Glock Enthusiasts
  • Read up on the latest product reviews
  • Make new friends to go shooting with!
  • Becoming a member is FREE and EASY

Glock Talk is the #1 site to discuss the world’s most popular pistol, chat about firearms, accessories and more.

Why open the box?

Discussion in 'Okie Memorial Area' started by okie, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. okie

    okie GT Mayor

    Oct 28, 2001
    Muskogee Ok.
    Why do people feel the need to open the boxes of things they may be interested in buying at Wal Mart? Pretty much everything has either a view of the product or a pic of said product. Also the box usually tells you what's all included. It is a well known fact when you open a box it is physically impossible to get the product back in the box the way it was, and people don't want to buy the product with the box having been opened.:headscratch: :dunno:
  2. firefighter4215


    Nov 2, 2009
    Ever bought something that was missing parts?

    Outdoor Hub mobile, the outdoor information engine

  3. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    Several times, which is why every box of fruit loops I buy gets the ol' checkeroo.
  4. firefighter4215


    Nov 2, 2009
    Lol. Well, I guess there has to be a limit somewhere. I don't open everything I buy, just a few select things.

    Outdoor Hub mobile, the outdoor information engine
  5. whitetiger7653

    whitetiger7653 NRA Life Member

    Apr 30, 2006
    Orlando, FL
    A lot of reasons. Phone cases - I like to know how they feel to the touch sticky or smooth. Make sure the screws aren't missing in door handle package. Etc.
  6. ray9898


    May 29, 2001
    Because some people are stupid and don't respect the merchants property.
  7. 9jeeps

    9jeeps Still Jeepin

    May 22, 2004
    That's all part of the Retail Industry. People open boxes and workers have to either have to hang them up or repack them. It's a dastardly job but some one has to do it! You da Man, OKie!!!!
  8. JASV.17

    JASV.17 Prime Example

    Jul 10, 2007
    There are many times I will open something in the store. I want to handle it, not just see it. This also saves me from having to return it later.

    However, I do respectfully and carefully open the box. If I confirm I want to buy it, into the cart. If I don't, I put it back just the way it was. Wost I ever do to a box is use a small swiss army knife to cut a sticker seal.
  9. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    I saw it all the time when I worked retail.

    "Dis box be open, I wants a discount!"
    "I know it's open, you opened it."
    "Ah did not, how durr you say that?!"
    "I saw you."
    "So how much discount you give me?"
    *I look thoughtfully at $29.99 price tag and opened product.*
    "I'll let you have it for... $29.99."
    "Ah wants to see da managurr!"
    "I'm the department manager."
    *Customer storms off, muttering about the customer always being right.*
  10. Mushinto

    Mushinto Master Member

    Sometimes it needs to be done, and then I do it.
  11. Sgt127


    Nov 5, 2002
    To make sure whatever I am buying is actually in there.
    To make sure its not broken.
    To make sure its not half eaten.

    I'm really tired of returning stuff to Walmart. Bought a bag of hamburger patties, it was three short. Bottle of ketchup, already been opened. Lots of other items. Usually something that somebody just needed a little of, bought it, used what they wanted and returned it or, took a few out, added it to the package they were buying and put it back.
  12. stolenphot0

    stolenphot0 RTF2 Addict

    Jan 26, 2012
    Kettering, OH
    at Walmart? never. At Lowes or Home Depot? Sometimes. Like the water heater I am going to buy, that is 8 feet off the floor on display and the "plumbing specialist" knows diddly about it. I want to look it over without climbing the shelves, so I will pop the top open.
  13. DScottHewitt

    DScottHewitt EMT-B

    Jul 4, 2000
    Waynesboro, VA
    Signs of:


    *My "new" hair dryer was OBVIOUSLY reshelved when I got it home and opened the box. Now I check most electronical stuff and stuff.....

  14. Thx-1138

    Thx-1138 NRA Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    North Carolina
    There are a number of reasons why I might need to see the inside of a box.

    Often, with electronics, the outside of the box won't be very clear on the input/output specs the item has. If I need a TV that can support the specific inputs and in the right quantities of my peripheral devices, then you bet I'm going to want to know for sure it will meet my needs before I put a thousand dollars into it.

    Does that 'universal' remote support my esoteric surround-sound system? Most of them don't, but the knowledge is right inside in the user manual.

    Are the legs on that breakfast tray sufficiently tall enough to meet my particular needs? Can't tell from the dimensions on the box, which only give the total outer dimensions of the item... and what about the flat portion on the top of the tray? If it wide enough? Could tell with a ruler, but not by the dimensions on the box, which only list the total width, including the magazine wells to either side of the center shelf.

    I often shop for items that meet very specific requirements - cell phone case, adapters, some item I need for a DIY project - whatever. The outside of boxes are seldom descriptive enough to know that I'm getting what I need.

    I'll open boxes if I need to, and I can see beforehand that I can close it again (with everything put back exactly the way it was).

    If I don't think I can close it, but I need to see inside, I'll ask an employee if I can, or if he has a display model that I can see.

    I've only once had an employee tell me I couldn't once they determined they didn't have an already-open item for me to examine. And then? I bought the item on the spot, opened the box, examined what I needed to know, then returned the item without ever leaving the store. And that store never told me no again. I guess they figured they'd rather not deal with the paperwork of the sale and return to end up in exactly the same situation.
  15. DScottHewitt

    DScottHewitt EMT-B

    Jul 4, 2000
    Waynesboro, VA
    "There were only 125,324 Foor Loops in this box!! There was supposed to be 125,325!!"
  16. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Amarillo, Tx
    Damn skippy.
  17. SC Tiger

    SC Tiger EL GATO!

    Aug 27, 2011
    South Carolina
    I have done it if I needed to check something specific. For example:

    Does the thread on this part match the part I want it to match?
    Does the hole pattern match?
    Will this fit the thing it is supposed to fit?
    Does it look like the part I am replacing with it?

    Most stuff where that is an issue is packaged in such a way that it can be re-closed. Best recent example was a ballast for a flourescent light. Packaging told me exactly squat, so I opened the box (it was reclosable with no tape) and looked in it.

    I don't cut things like blister packs unless the sales associate is with me.

    However, I have quit trying to determine if the Cheerios will fit in my breakfast bowl, and now take the store's word for it. :supergrin:
  18. RichJ


    Jan 26, 2009
    I got a new reflex sight for Christmas this year. My MIL bought it at Gander Mountain and did not open it first to see if everything was ok.

    Christmas morning I open it up. The package was slightly torn and red flags of a returned item were evident. Of course the unit wouldn't turn on so I changed the battery to see if that was the issue. Still didn't work. It didn't include the extra battery that was supposed to come with it and it also didn't include the allen wrench that was supposed to be in there. On top of all that, there was a large scratch on the coating of the glass.

    I took it back to GM and of course was given grief about the scratch, missing components, and non-funtionality of the unit. After a long tirade to the manager about them selling an obviously returned item, he finally agreed to the return. All in all it was a great big hassle that could have been avoided if my MIL would have simply checked it out before the purchase.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2012
  19. Usually if I do it, it's to be sure that none of the fragile parts were broken.
  20. DScottHewitt

    DScottHewitt EMT-B

    Jul 4, 2000
    Waynesboro, VA
    Let's not forget the most important reason to open the box........

    The cat is neither dead nor alive until the box is opened.....