You are probably asking why they are taped up so much.
Well, it's because I once received a Priority Mail box that was wet and trashed beyond recognition with most of it's contents gone and a letter from the USPS that basically said, "Sorry for the damage. Better luck next time."
Sorry for the cussing and swearing that I know you'll do when you start to open my packages. But it's better than receiving them wet and already opened.
Just thought I'd mention it. Now I'm off for a hike.