What's the deal with Amazon shipping small items in large boxes? Sometimes they send books and DVDs in cardboard wraps (meaning not boxes, but pieces of cardboard wrapped around the item), but increasingly in the last few years they're sending these items, and ones as small, in 12x9x2 boxes. The box size/item size ratio seems to be the same if you're paying for shipping, have opted for the free shipping, or have Amazon Prime (which I have to say is worth it). Today, though, I received the most outrageously sized box for an item. I ordered a fold-up map (3 x 9.5 inches when folded) and they shipped it in a 12x9x4 box. If there ever was an instance when to put something in a mailing envelope, this was it. I guess it's safe to assume that Amazon isn't losing any money through their packaging scheme -- because if they were, why would they continue to do it? -- but they seem to be the only online store who is so box happy with small items.