A lot of video rental shops put their
videos into these generic plastic boxes. This
is to protect the video while it being rented out
I have problems putting the video back
into the box correctly. The problem
is that the videotape spools look like they are
in the middle, but they are slightly
closer to one edge
than the other. And the box has little round
protrusions that go into the spools.
The left picture shows the video oriented
in the box wrong. That's what I frequently
do. As a result, the box won't
snap shut because the protrusions don't fit
into the videotape spools. The right picture shows the
tape in correctly.
Why does the box need those protrusions
anyway? If they were removed, the tape could fit into
the box four different ways instead of just one.
Of course, it would come out of the box four different
ways too. That might be problem for the video shop
people trying to read the labels on the videotapes.
Here are a few things that might make
it easier for people to put the tape into the
box the way the video people want it:
- A line drawing of a
videotape in the correct orientation "printed"
on the inside of the box
- A message like "Label this way" printed on
the inside of the box
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