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4.0 out of 5 stars Well made, long-life cable, January 30, 2010
This review is from: AmazonBasics USB 2.0 Extension Cable - A-Male to A-Female - 9.8 Feet (3 Meters) (Personal Computers)
The AmazonBasics range of USB cables are well-made and robust, with gold-plated terminals for better connection and longer life, while the cable cores and coatings are soft and pliable, ensuring that they will bend round any awkward corners without taking any damage. Connector shrouds are slim-line and so should not run the risk of fouling adjacent cables should your USB ports be close to other ports, as they often are. They do come at a higher price than budget brands so you may do well to shop around if you don't need something this robust, but if you have a need for a long-life cable that needs to take some knocks without complaint then you will probably not find better.

The "frustration-free" packaging is a large, easily opened box which while undoubtedly more environmentally friendly and less damaging to fingers than the standard plastic bubble pack generally beloved of cable manufacturers these days, is nevertheless excessive for such a small product. The biggest frustration is likely to be the fact that the box will not fit into a standard mail-box. A straightforward strong padded envelope would have sufficed.
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Initial post: Nov 16, 2011 2:45:08 PM PST
I don't think its fair to give 4 out of 5 stars just because you thought the box/packaging was too big for your mailbox!?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2011 3:13:13 PM PST
Steve Benner says:
The comment about the frustrations with the "frustration free packaging" was meant to be more ironic than serious and isn't the main reason for the loss of a star, which has more to do with value for money. Although the product has been reduced in price a little since my review was written, Amazon do not provide the facility to alter star ratings, so I'm afraid the 4-star rating has to stand now. Hopefully the words give a better summary of the products strengths than mere star rating anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 9:13:00 PM PST
You're wrong about the envelope, trust me. I worked at FedEx for 3 years, and when we get frustrated (no irony intended), we treat strangely shaped packages like complete and utter trash. This includes envelopes. Anything that can't be stacked in a wall or on a pallet is cancerous garbage, and you're lucky anything you have shipped that's not in a straightforward, rectangular box isn't ruined on arrival.

I think "frustration-free packaging" also includes the people who ship your products as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2013 1:14:56 AM PST
Steve Benner says:
Thanks for the insight, Jared. I shall know to avoid FedEx for my envelope mailings in the future. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2013 10:23:48 AM PST
Barry Memory says:
Don't think FedEx is alone in this. My son worked for UPS for several years and he told me many stories about contests for who could throw packages the farthest into the truck. Packages marked "fragile" were particularly vulnerable to these contests.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 17, 2013 8:50:15 PM PST
Hahahahahahaha! Steve, I can tell you from firsthand experience that Barry is right. We had a running personal joke that packages marked "fragile", or "handle with care", are just alternate wording for "easier to throw", or "easier to smash into a place that needs one more package."

Don't get me wrong, I order stuff through Amazon all the time, I just think that from firsthand experience, I am amazed how so few packages are ruined in transit.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013 1:41:42 AM PST
Steve Benner says:
You remind me of the time a packet arrived labelled "Photographs DO NOT BEND" and someone had thoughtfully written "Oh yes they do!" underneath...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013 9:24:57 AM PST
Steve, I literally cannot breathe right now. I had almost completely forgotten about "DO NOT BEND" packages. They are arguably more hilarious than "FRAGILE" ones. Good times, inappropriate and unprofessional times, but good times nonetheless.

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