Markets in everything, Xmas edition

by on December 16, 2008 at 7:55 am in Economics | Permalink

Company offers to wrap your Christmas purchases just as badly as you could do it yourself

So says Kat, my source on this story.  It’s called "Crapwrap":

Firebox.com is paying 20 of its male forklift truck drivers and
warehouse assistants to wrap presents as quickly as possible, using
ugly brown duct tape and very little care.

And the $9 service, cheekily called CrapWrap, has attracted more than 500 customers since it launched last week.

This way she’ll think you did it. 

…Parcels can even be dispatched in brown paper with a shoddily-tied pink ribbon.

Kevin Smith, 29, is proud to be the worst wrapper at the company’s London warehouse.

He said: "I am rubbish. We’re not given any instructions. I’m just
asked to make a hash of it using lots of brown tape and making sure
there are rips and untidy folds.

"It’s nice to get away from the normal work: cleaning, packing and moving stuff around. Wrapping is a good distraction."

Speedmaster December 16, 2008 at 8:33 am

LOL, brilliant! ;-)

Nick December 16, 2008 at 9:23 am

That is truly excellent.

Justin December 16, 2008 at 10:56 pm

There ought to be a government intervention to create more jobs such as these where skills are de-valued. (kidding.)

mikesdak December 17, 2008 at 12:37 pm

I can imagine expanding this to personal shopping. You could
send someone with similar questionable taste to buy gifts.

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