While consumer companies were inflicting bad packaging upon us, a new category of tools developed to get the darn things open. These will probably remain on store shelves until the new wave of packaging emerges. Let's have a look at what's out there:
Zibra's Open It is the Swiss Army Knife of package opening, with shear-like clipper jaws, a boxcutter extension and even a screwdriver to open battery covers.
The KwikCut works something like an old-school can opener: you puncture the edge of your packaging and slide the tool around it, slicing off the bonded rim.
The Pyranna aims for safety by keeping your fingers well away from its cutting wheels, which are sandwiched between two halves of a plastic handle.
The OpenX, another package-opening multi-tool, is designed to get through not only plastic packaging and cartons, but bottle seals and those pesky foil seals on the tops of pill bottles, making it senior-friendly.
The Plastic Surgeon is a cross between a scalpel and a can opener, and apparently is designed to appeal to the would-be surgeon in all of us.
Lastly, the Package Shark Pro offers no description as to how it actually works, but it does appear to consist of two pieces, and it's got that "As Seen on TV" branding, which means quality.