Office Catalogs

So for some reason my office at work recieves a whole bunch of catalogs for various “supplies.”  Most of it is completely arbitrary and unnecessary.  Obviously we had, at some point, ordered some little thing from these companies and now the feel obliged to let us know what further we can order every month or two. 

The ridiculous thing about all these catalogs is the extreme waste that they represent.  Perhaps it is just me, but it seems like the cost of printing a ton of these giant catalogs and shipping them all over the place is a complete waste of money on the companies part, especially in the day and age of the Interwebs and Electronic Mail.  Sure some people might like to still get a giant 450 page catalog of shipping supplies (which I got today from Unline: Shipping Supply Specialists) but all around doesn’t it just make more sense to send emails to potential customers about new products available?  Probably there is an anti-spam reason why they can’t do this on a large scale . . . fine, great, spend some money on advertising and let people come visit your website when they actually need something.

I guess I probably am just missing the whole function of these catalogs, especially considering that usually after flipping through a few of their pages, I deposit them in the recycling bin (where they may not belong because they are stupid glossy paper).

Anyways, a few of my favorite images from the shipping supply catalog are the following:

The Bronzed Moose statue in front of a wooden box informs you that you should settle for only the highest quality shipping container when you send your Uncle Vern wonderful metalic wildlife replicas

The Bronzed Moose statue in front of a wooden box informs you that you should settle for only the highest quality shipping container when you send your Uncle Vern wonderful metalic wildlife replicas

This box is for guns . . . long guns . . . called rifles . . . that is a rifle next to the long box . . . the rifle might be used to kill the moose which was the model for the above bronzed moose statue . . . so it goes

This box is for guns . . . long guns . . . called rifles . . . that is a rifle next to the long box . . . the rifle might be used to kill the moose which was the model for the above bronzed moose statue . . . so it goes

I am honsetly a little ocnfused by this image.  Okay, I can see that the mattress fits in the box, but what the fuck is the deal with the dog?  Is it for sense of scale (but how large is the dog)? Is it just a piece of supply catalog artistic license?  Did that dog just show up at the photo shoot and refuse to move from the box?  So many questions!

I am honsetly a little confused by this image. Okay, I can see that the mattress fits in the box, but what the fuck is the deal with the dog? Is it for sense of scale (but how large is the dog)? Is it just a piece of supply catalog artistic license? Did that dog just show up at the photo shoot and refuse to move from the box? So many questions!

 

I am seriously considering keeping this shipping supply catalog and scanning some more images with some more critiques and questions, because there is some really good material in it.

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~ by Nathaniel on September 22, 2009.

2 Responses to “Office Catalogs”

  1. Rule number one of mattress box sales, pictures of dogs increase sales by 38%. Everyone knows that Lord.

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