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Let’s End Unboxing Videos

If you’re tired of all the “unboxing” videos floating around–videos of people unpacking new technology–you’ll appreciate this satirical look at the absurdity of documenting the unboxing process.

If you’re unfamiliar with unboxing videos just hit up YouTube to be bored to death–I will grant one exception to this rule; this guy is the most entertaining unboxer to ever walk the earth. If you’re already familiar with unboxing videos, sit back and enjoy the above video with its soothing soundtrack.

Let’s End Unboxing Videos [YouTube via Make Use Of]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/5/11

Comments (11)

  1. Xenomex

    Hahahahaahaah! I find this extremely funny as I have quite a few unboxing videos up on YouTube. I am quite convinced with the message to be honest. Which is why I havent done an unboxing in months.

    Thing is though, many people view unboxing videos, which makes me wonder why people are complaining about how boring they are. Nobody is forcing you to watch the video right?

    But I totally agree that when making a review, the focus should be more on the product than the packaging :p

  2. acupunc

    lmao. . . That’s the best unboxing video I’ve ever seen!

    Can’t stand unboxing videos–just give me a pic of all that’s included and get onto the review.

  3. Holm

    I’ve had use of unboxing videos more than a couple of times. I’ve bought plenty of things that weren’t thoroughly described or pictured on a manufacturers website. Add that to not being able to find it in any stores, and suddenly unboxing videos are quite nifty.

    The reading specs off the box and commenting on the quality of the wrappers and bags pisses me off like the next guy ^^

  4. SCBright

    And the environment goes to hell!
    I’m wondering why so much waste in these packings?
    It only creates trash, these packages have to be more environment friendly.

  5. Joe Attardi

    I love the music.

  6. Adrian

    I watch unboxing videos just to make an idea of what I’ll find in the video card/motherboard/cpu cooler’s package, if I can’t wait 1-2 days till the PC component is delivered and I can see for myself.
    But some people really know how to make a boring-to-death unboxing or review.

  7. Morely the IT Guy

    “Unboxing videos: The Watching-People-Fish-On-TV Videos for Lazy Wannabe Geeks!”

    If I really need to watch a video of some fool unpacking his new wireless router, chances are I’m not going to be able to use a router if I buy one. I can only assume that the people who watch unboxing videos are incompetent clowns who should have gone into politics, where they would fit right in.

  8. anseio

    For real! I was laughing myself to tears over this video. Everytime I shop for something electronic, I look for videos and all I get are 10 minutes of taking it out of the box and showing off everything that I’ve already seen in any product image.

    Why is it so hard to show the product AFTER the power cord has been connected and the unit turned on? And, no, I don’t care where the power button it, just press it!

  9. Set271

    Watching that now I’m totally over my cardboard box fetish, my overwhelming need to save ‘twisties’, and any pondering on “Do I need a plastic bag this size?”. Thank you Obi-Wan. Maybe after tax time I’ll find another use besides sorting for the cheap plastic bins I bought at ‘Cheapo House’….they were really cheap…(I bought ten)….and they stack empty really small……NOOOOO!!! I can’t get rid of them! They look soooo useful!!….Okay, calming down…..maybe I can build a computer in one, wont need a window!…….ten pc’s…..all visible…….okay, I’m done.

  10. Andre

    @Xenomex: “Thing is though, many people view unboxing videos, which makes me wonder why people are complaining about how boring they are. Nobody is forcing you to watch the video right?”

    When a hot product’s new and scarce, enthusiasts are willing to sit through any footage of it to gawk at, regardless of how boring. It’s the gadget they’re transfixed by, not the unboxing of it.

    Unboxing videos also give the person making them instant relative expertise by virtue of a cheap “scoop”. If you get to play with a shiny new toy before I do, then you’re an “expert” on it by default.

  11. PBWriter

    LOL, I thought “unboxing videos” meant taking a video out of its case ;) Hence people nowadays are dissatisfied with physical media such as VHS and DVD, so they go to YouTube where they can watch the video sans “box” :)

    LOL = “Luddite On Laptop” ;)

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