Where can I find boxes cheap to ship my products

@venshida (4837)
United States
August 22, 2007 8:07am CST
How do you guys obtain boxes to ship your products? I have a stack of priority mail boxes, but sometimes I ship regular parcel post. I need to find boxes and supplies that is not going to be inexpensive any suggestions.
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@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Check yahoo groups to see if there is a freecycle group in your area. This is made up of people who want to get rid of things and people who are looking for things that are being given away. When someone offers something that you want, you contact them and arrange to pick it up. When someone wants something in particular they post it as "wanted" and anyone who has it to give away contacts you to arrange for you to pick it up. I've used this frequently to both get and give items. I often get rid of my cardboard boxes that way. www.groups.yahoo.com - search for FreeCycle
@jpetals (314)
• Canada
22 Aug 07
I was going to come and post this exact same information. I have often given boxes away through the freecycle website. The pp did a great job of explaining how freecycle works. I think you can also find out more about it at freecycle.org
@venshida (4837)
• United States
23 Aug 07
Thanks a million, I am going to check.
@jennysp8 (855)
• United States
22 Aug 07
You may think I am crazy, but I get alot of boxes from the Family Dollar and Dollar General stores in my town. All they do is throw away the boxes they get and they don't care. I even sometimes am able to get bubble wrap that their nic nacs came wrapped in. Free supplies!! Yeah!
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@venshida (4837)
• United States
23 Aug 07
There is a Family dollar less than 5 minutes from my house. I will stop by and see what they have.
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
26 Aug 07
Depending on what the item is, I use all kinds of things. If it's clothes and you just need something to "hold it all together" in shipping, I use a cereal box without the plastic inner sleeve. I save any shipping materials I receive with packages I get. Even envelopes can be re-used, you just gotta make sure you tape them closed all the way. I use newspaper if I don't have any bubble wrap. I rarely have to buy shipping supplies, besides tape and paper to print labels on.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
26 Aug 07
Wow, I would of never thought about using a cereal box. Thanks for the suggestion. I do save the boxes I receive when I purchase also.
@alamode (3073)
• United States
23 Aug 07
This may be as cheap as a person can get--- I save every box that comes into the house, peel off all the 'stickies', break it down and store it in my craft room. I can go in and easily find the right size, and if it has writing on, I turn it inside-out and re-glue it! I have an advantage because my husband has a business here at home and his parts come in terrific smaller sized boxes... but our ebay purchases and craft-site buying binges also add to the supply! I just can't stand the thought of them only being used once!!
@venshida (4837)
• United States
26 Aug 07
Another great idea, I normally would not reuse a box if it had writing on it, but I like the idea of turning it over and re-glue. Thanks.