Last 4-5 years I've brined my own turkey, but this year to save time I ordered one fresh and brined from the local fancy grocery. When I got there, the bird was still in it's plastic, which I asked about. There was a small hole, about an inch in diameter right where the cavity is. I asked and was told that this method works and if they fully unwrap the bird customers complain that the neck and giblet package gets lost.
The bird still had that bloody juice where it could collect in all of the small pockets between the skin and plastic.
So, I ask, is this an effective method? I didn't trust it, so I cleaned out a bucket, prepared my own brine and rearranged the fridge. Not what I was planning to do tonight.