Forums > Off-Topic Discussion > Why Are Potato Chip Bags So Hard to Open ? ? ?

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

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Los Angeles, California, US

Delaware chemist John Spevacek admits he's the guy that made chip bags hard to open - explains why -

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/technology/ … 6346990300

http://www.rheothing.com/2012/05/im-that-guy.html

May 06 12 07:29 pm Link

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JM Dean

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Cary, North Carolina, US

Chips aren't that bad to me. These are far worse

http://www.bettymills.com/store/images/product/BFVGEN1258.JPG

May 06 12 07:40 pm Link

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Good Egg Productions

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Orlando, Florida, US

So they don't accidentally open during shipping, shelving, handling?

Is that right?  Didn't look.

May 06 12 07:44 pm Link

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SillyEddy

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Coventry, England, United Kingdom

From past experience, it was easy to open those packets of crisps, chocolate bars and biscuits this evening.

But plastic blister packaging is a frickin' nuisance. I guess that's the only form of packaging which tells the truth.

May 06 12 07:45 pm Link

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Cait Chan

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Good Egg Productions wrote:
So they don't accidentally open during shipping, shelving, handling?

Is that right?  Didn't look.

Yup

May 06 12 08:02 pm Link

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Brian Diaz

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Danbury, Connecticut, US

SillyEddy wrote:
From past experience, it was easy to open those packets of crisps, chocolate bars and biscuits this evening.

But plastic blister packaging is a frickin' nuisance. I guess that's the only form of packaging which tells the truth.

When there's a market for a specialized product to open other products, you know something is wrong.

www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QXOMWC?ie … ull-site=1

May 06 12 08:05 pm Link

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NothingIsRealButTheGirl

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Los Angeles, California, US

Good Egg Productions wrote:
So they don't accidentally open during shipping, shelving, handling?

Is that right?  Didn't look.

not so good for the "larger client" of Hercules who had to transport their chips from the California to the Rocky Mountains.

"Some of the seals would open up due to the pressure difference between the high altitude air and the air sealed inside the bag," Mr Spevacek wrote.

"And so they needed a stronger seal from us, which was then passed down to me."

May 06 12 08:11 pm Link

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ZingArts

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Westcliffe, Colorado, US

Did you know that if you line the inside of your bicycle tire with potato chip bags that you'll reduce the amount of flats by over 50%?

These things are a bicyclist's nightmare.
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FIGHT BACK!
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May 06 12 08:11 pm Link

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Brian T Rickey

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Saint Louis, Missouri, US

I agree.  Often the chips will end up spattered all over the floor.  Something needs to be done about this.

May 06 12 08:13 pm Link

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Tim Little Photography

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Wilmington, Delaware, US

Why can't they use zip-lock technology with chips? It solves the problem of getting the bag open, and the even worse problem of keeping it closed. Zip-lock is the way to go. In fact, I think I will now transfer chips from the original bag to a big freezer size zipper I have already.

May 06 12 08:35 pm Link

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Philip II Aqua

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Dallas, Texas, US

Is he the same guy that invented CD & DVD packages?

May 06 12 09:37 pm Link

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Orca Bay Images

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Woodinville, Washington, US

Brian Diaz wrote:

When there's a market for a specialized product to open other products, you know something is wrong.

www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QXOMWC?ie … ull-site=1

One workplace of mine got a few specialized cutters to open the hard blister packages. I cut the shit out of my fingers getting one of the cutters out of its own packaging.

May 06 12 11:44 pm Link

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SillyEddy

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Coventry, England, United Kingdom

Brian Diaz wrote:
When there's a market for a specialized product to open other products, you know something is wrong.

www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QXOMWC?ie … ull-site=1

That is pretty crazy. Usually I just run a pair of scissors around the packaging, like that product appears to do. Sometimes the corners are a funny shape and are too concave to go around, in which case a good knife works too.


It is a ridiculously bad design though.

May 07 12 09:16 am Link

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ArtisticPhotography

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Buffalo, New York, US

Difficulty opening potato chip bags -- the ULTIMATE First World Problem.

May 07 12 09:22 am Link

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redbanana

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Lexington, Kentucky, US

Ummm my family dr would argue I have no trouble opening a bag of chips.

May 07 12 09:32 am Link

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Michael Bots

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Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Cable splicing scissors (ask any phone guy) from the electrical section of big box hardware stores. Work great on any packaging.

May 07 12 11:07 am Link

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photoimager

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Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom

No problem here. Maybe the packets are made differently over here.

It might be an attempt to ensure that the consumer does at least get a little bit of exercise wink

May 07 12 12:22 pm Link

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SillyEddy

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Coventry, England, United Kingdom

photoimager wrote:
No problem here. Maybe the packets are made differently over here.

It might be an attempt to ensure that the consumer does at least get a little bit of exercise wink

Is that why Tesco seem to always stock Pringles on the bottom shelf? It's not exactly a squat to get at them, but it's something tongue

May 07 12 12:27 pm Link

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AOP Studios

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Los Angeles, California, US

Ahhh...because you're anemic?

May 07 12 12:29 pm Link

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DRImages

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San Diego, California, US

I wanna hunt down this inventor and kick him in the shin.

May 07 12 10:24 pm Link

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Al Lock Photography

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Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Never a problem for me... but then again, I carry a Leatherman all the time...

May 07 12 10:28 pm Link