Too many words!

I bought a cheap pair of headphones to leave at work.  Something that’s no great loss if it gets lifted, and keeps me from transporting my better Sony phones back and forth.  Seven bucks from Koss, through K-mart.

Pretty self-explanatory.  You got the part that goes on your ears, the part that goes into a headphone port, a part connecting them (all one unit), a couple spare cushions, the clear plastic front of the packaging, and the solid cardboard back of the packaging (glued, not stapled – thank you!).

And then there was THE PAPER.

Not operating instructions.  Not a warranty.  Not advertising for selling more products.  It was how to throw the thing away.  Well, no, it was instructions on now NOT to throw it away, but how to recycle it.  By country, not just by language.  So there are instructions for Germany, Great Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland (?  symbol is SK), Greece, and Russia.  In that order.

In English, it says

Note on environmental protection: only where applicable.
After the implementation of the European Directive 2002/98/EU in the national legal system, the following applies:
Electrical and electronic devices may not be disposed of with domestic waste
Consumers are obliged by law to return electrical and electronic devices at the end of their service lives to the public collecting points set up for this purpose or point of sale.  Details to this are defined by the national law of the respective country.  This symbol on the product, the instruction manual or the package indicates that a product is subject to these regulations.  By recycling, reusing the materials, or other forms of utilising old devices, you are making an important contribution to protecting our environment.

The symbol is a trash can with an X through it.  The symbol is the same for all countries.

And it indicates to me that they make one English-language package and sell it world-wide.  Otherwise, they wouldn’t include the whole sheet in a package going to the US.  I’d think the cost of setting up a US production line that doesn’t include the sheet of paper would be worth the effort.

Must be why I’m not a global businessman.

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