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Can someone please pull the energy/capital costs associated with receiving everything we consume in individual cardboard boxes vs "going to the mall" or whatever people's stuff acquisition strategy was in the past? Seems like a prime target for some FUD energy journalism.

Seems like there has to be more packaging waste in the Amazon model, I wonder on shipping efficiencies.

Armchair speculators: do you think that malls were more efficient than our individually wrapped state of affairs?

@btcFUD Malls couldn't afford to have large inventories, and had boxes shipped to their stores that either remained in boxes, or were unpacked into store shelf displayed units. Amazon routes boxes from manufacturers and does add encapsulation to most, so there is some extra packaging happening there. Most is paper products, so maybe it all comes out in the wash if some gets recycled.

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