The Perils of Clamshell Packaging


Many Playstation accessories like Dual Shock 3s and the new Move controller come in clamshell packaging, Sony have used this packaging since the PSOne days and it has always frustrated me. My experiences with it has always been much like Larry David in this clip from Curb Your Enthusiasm;

I hope none of your Move experiences have been hampered by attempting to get to the controller after shelling out for one.


Written by: Trev - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Tosh on September 24th, 2010 [ 1102 Points ]

    lol, love the sparks from the knife at the 1:35 mark.

    I had a little trouble opening mine as well, all I had at work was some crappy scissors, lol.

  2. #2 by Skintrade on September 24th, 2010 [ 400 Points ]

    I learned the hard way (knife through hand) to wait ’til you get your hands on good scissors then calmly cut the seal off with any packaging like this…

  3. #3 by Kenshin on September 24th, 2010 [ 95 Points ]

    I wound up slicing through my instruction manual.

  4. #4 by Jay on September 24th, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    I hate this packaging. But with the Move, at least, it opened a lot easier. Knifed through the top part about a centimeter down and ripped the rest off. It came apart surprisingly easy

  5. #5 by Trieloth on September 24th, 2010 [ 3426 Points ]

    Pfft I never have a problem with that stuff. Been opeing up hundreds of todd mcfarlane toys with the same packaging for years. You would be amazed at wait a good pair of scissors can do…

  6. #6 by happypeoplearegay on September 24th, 2010

    I got my Move in a cardboard box that had a lot of wasted space. The box was much like the Starter pack box….. Maybe the Europeans got a box instead of Clamshell packaging….

  7. #7 by Donovanf on September 24th, 2010 [ 89 Points ]

    This reminds me of a NYT article about “frustration-free packaging”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/08/technology/08packaging.html

  8. #8 by Kicks on September 24th, 2010 [ 559 Points ]

    No injuries or problems here. I just looked at the pretty picture guide on the back of the packaging and did that ;)

  9. #9 by EdEN on September 24th, 2010 [ 141871 Points ]

    Well, you’re supposed to use scissors to open up clamshell packing. Now IF you’re going to stab it, at least use a knife with some “cut-it” power.

  10. #10 by derrickgott007 on September 24th, 2010

    Clamshell packaging send at least 10,000 Americans to the ER each year…crazy huh?

  11. #11 by Flashray on September 24th, 2010 [ 90 Points ]

    Same for me but I usually make my hands bleed.

  12. #12 by Sinlock on September 24th, 2010 [ 7625 Points ]

    I’ll give you all a pretty great tip.
    Most types of this packaging can be opened with a can opener run around the edge.
    Feel free to send me Point donations. :P

  13. #13 by Tosh on September 24th, 2010 [ 1102 Points ]

    @sinlock lol, never thought of that. Works well huh?

  14. #14 by Emrah on September 24th, 2010 [ 7319 Points ]

    Wow, the sparkle from the knife! Actually the knife deflects outwards, had it deflected inwards, he could have suffered from a real bad injury, it wouldn’t be funny anymore.. Lucky of him.. (Curb your enthusiasm has no written script, afaik, conversations are based on general situation, it makes the show awesome..)

  15. #15 by Gibb on September 25th, 2010 [ 2415 Points ]

    lol… nice… ordered 2 move controllers… guess I’ll have to sharpen my samurai skills before they arrive ;-)

  16. #16 by Brandon on September 25th, 2010 [ 230 Points ]

    lol… that video was great. I hate that packaging.

  17. #17 by White-Sharingan on September 26th, 2010 [ 100 Points ]

    LOL, seriously, same crap happens to me xD!!


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