Amazon, which boasts that it now uses a computer program to help pick the correct box size, was last night branded “ridiculous” by environmental campaigners.
And baffled customer Gary Morrison, from Paisley, Renfrewshire, branded the retail giant “daft”.
Expecting them to be pushed through the letter box in an envelope, Gary was surprised to find a 42cm by 31cm by 11cm cardboard box had been left with a neighbour a few days later.
“I thought, ‘Whoah, what’s this? Look at the size of the box’.
“They were right in the middle of the box, neatly folded. The socks were just in a little clear plastic bag and there was just paper padding in the rest of it. “
He added: “I think it’s just ridiculous. They could easily have fitted inside a padded envelope.
He added: “ It’s daft. It’s a complete waste.”
Amazon’s website claims it has developed a computer program that determines the “right sized” box for items bought online.
A spokeswoman for Amazon UK said: “We have a packaging feedback programme, which allows customers to provide direct feedback on the packaging of their order as well as upload images. The feedback received is used to improve packaging.”