The bottom line is the bottom line. Retailers demand the hard-to-open packaging to avoid "shrinkage," or shoplifting, a problem that cost U.S. stores more than $10 billion a year or $25 million a day, according to statistics from the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention. They also want the item to be visible to customers and capable of withstanding the rigors of long-distance shipping from manufacturing plants in Asia.Sheesh.
I recall this one time, when the brother was visiting SC. We'd picked up a USB flash drive from Wal-Mart and I think we spent over 30 minutes sawing the packaging open with car keys in his hotel room. No scissors or knives at hand.