The Sealed Box Method

Returning The Box As Though It Hasn't Been Opened.

On the grounds that you've purchased and received an Item, by ordering It online from a given company and want to social engineer them for a refund or replacement, there are many methods you can use. However, every method Is predominantly based on the nature of the Item. For Instance, If you opt for the "missing Item" method on a laptop that weighs 2.5 Kg, then the SE will fail. 

Why? Well, packages are weighed on consignment and when the company cross-checks the details with the carrier, It's just not possible for a package of the said weight to have nothing In It. Which brings me to my next point.

For the purpose of this tutorial, I will be referring to "SEing a laptop that weighs around 2 Kg". Apart from using the "DNA and wrong Item received" method, there are hardly any others that suit Its size and weight for the SE to succeed. Unless of course, you choose the "sealed box method". As long as you're well aware of how to apply It, this works quite well- particularly with companies on a large scale. So let's have a look at what this method entails.

The Sealed Box Method Defined:

Before I begin, this relates to claiming that you've received the same laptop as a gift from your spouse, hence you no longer need the one that you've purchased. As a result, you'll contact the company's representative and given the laptop Is still under warranty and within their return time frame of 5 working days, you will kindly ask for a full refund. 

However, Instead of sending the laptop, you will place any old Item that Is lying around the house Into the box, that's the same weight as the "laptop Itself". The objective, Is to return the box of the laptop (containing some old random Item) In Its absolute original state, without any signs of tampering whatsoever.  As such, the representative will see that the box Is In Its factory state, and will not bother to open & check Its contents, hence Issue a refund. 

But for this to work, you'll need to be very methodical In how you open, place your old Item, and seal the box thereafter. Any signs of Inconsistencies, may well and truly result In a failed SE. So let's checkout how to keep the sealed box Intact and In Its original state when packing and sending back your old Item Instead of the laptop.

How To Pack & Keep The Sealed Box Intact:

Prior to opening the sealed box, the first thing you must do Is "take a photo" of where you plan to cut It open. You're not going to remember "precisely" how It's sealed, thus the photo will be your point of reference when assembling It back together again, thereby you'll compare your workmanship against the manufacturers to make sure both are a carbon copy of each other. The other thing you'll need, Is a good quality "clear glue that leaves no trace when dry".

In terms of the box Itself, generally speaking, there's usually a clear seal on the top and bottom that reads (for example): "Check contents If seal Is broken". I've personally experienced this, with just about every laptop I've purchased. "Do NOT open the top"- as this Is the first place that will be checked by the rep at the return center. Target the bottom, by carefully peeling the seal and If need be, "use a hair dryer to prevent It from creasing and tearing".

After you've "placed your old random Item In the box", reverse the process by sticking back the seal, and use the glue you've purchased to "carefully stick It back to Its original state". You're not finished yet! Check your completed job against the photo that you took prior to opening It. Zoom the photo and look at every angle, and If they both appear perfect, you're good to go by sending It back to the company. You should have no problem In receiving a refund thereafter.

Why The SE Will Succeed:

When you purchase a particular Item at your local mall, If the box Is perfectly sealed, do you actually rip It open to see whether the (correct) contents are Inside? Of course not, and neither do I. The same applies when returning a box that's In perfect condition to a given company- Irrespective of what's Inside. After all, In order to sell the Item, the company must make sure It's dispatched as per the manufacturer's packaging, thus If there's no signs of tampering, then there's no reason to open It and check what's Inside.


  1. When executing this method , should I place the old laptop inside the empty box of the laptop I purchased ?


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