Why does Amazon send small items in enormous boxes? Online shopping expert Trae Bodge told Inside Edition why this keeps happening. “There's a theory about how the trucks and pallets need to be packed. They need to be in a certain shape, for instance, in that truck so things don't move, so sometimes it makes sense to put a small item in a big box so it all fits together,” said Bodge. She says we’ve become accustomed to receiving packages in lightning speed, so there are bound to be mistakes.