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Stupid Usability #83

Stupid Oreo Package

Written By: High Monkey
Posted: 12/29/2014

From the mind of Brian Haukos, Marketing & Sales at High Monkey:

I must begin this post by saying I love Oreo’s as much as the next person so although this is a stupid usability example it has nothing to do with the Oreo cookie itself but instead with the package it comes in!

The Oreo Packaging has changed over the years beginning from a package where you could simply rip one end and slide the tray of Oreo’s out and grab a cookie without any issues.


This package has changed now and I must say in some ways for the positive but for one main reason in a negative way. Although I do like that you are now able to open the package and reseal it in order to keep the cookies fresh for a longer period of time, Although I can’t say that I have ever seen a package of Oreo’s last long enough for them to spoil. The big issue I have with this new packaging is after you clear out the center column it is almost impossible to remove the cookies from the side columns without having the cookies break in some sort of fashion!


My suggestion would be to provide two clear and distinct ways to open the Oreo package one for those who want to use the reseal feature and another for those who wish to simply open the package and pull the tray of cookies out to prevent innocent cookies from being destroyed, before they are eaten of course J!

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