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I wanted to make this a top level comment, but it belongs here.

Clamshell packaging has more to do with preventing returns than preventing theft. People feel like they have destroyed some of the product to open it, so are very very reluctant to return it.




It can do both - if clamshell packaging wasn't really for preventing theft, then the plastic sheets wouldn't be so much larger than the product. Large objects take more room and cost more to handle.




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