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Old 05-16-2009, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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If you do buy boxes, google for a local cardboard box manufacturer and see if they sell direct to the consumer. I found a place here in Knoxville that sold them direct for half of what Uhaul and places like that charge. When I finished with them, I sold them to someone else.
One thing you shouldn't scrimp on is tape for the boxes. Go to Sam's Club or Costco and buy a big pack of the 3M tape, not the bargain stuff. The cheap stuff splits on the roll and is very, very frustrating to work with. The extra pennies for the good stuff saves a lot of frustration.
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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liquor stores have good boxes.
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:12 AM
 
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. I suggest the 12x12x8 size for moving.

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12x12x8 ?? Are you a family of gnomes or something?
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Old 06-07-2009, 04:52 PM
 
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It is so hard not to give away our moving boxes that we've collected over the years. We relocated twice with professional mover's, and tons of other times since then just on our own. We kept the professional moving boxes (paid for by the husband's company, not out of our pocket) and we're so glad we did. We are a generous family and I'm more used to giving things away... but I draw the line at good, sturdy, moving boxes. They come in too handy, and are so expensive, and are really hard to find when you need them.

Moral of the story, I guess, is - once you find some good ones, hold on to them even if you think you won't need them again.

Maybe check around at condo communities or new housing developments when you see people moving in... ask politely if they wouldn't mind giving you their boxes when they're through with them? Check Craigslist and Freecycle? Put a note up on a community bulletin board somewhere "NEED MOVING BOXES - will trade boxes for beer!" Something like that...

Or offer to help someone move in exchange for their moving boxes?

Good luck!
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Old 06-07-2009, 04:54 PM
 
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If you do buy boxes, google for a local cardboard box manufacturer and see if they sell direct to the consumer. I found a place here in Knoxville that sold them direct for half of what Uhaul and places like that charge. When I finished with them, I sold them to someone else.
One thing you shouldn't scrimp on is tape for the boxes. Go to Sam's Club or Costco and buy a big pack of the 3M tape, not the bargain stuff. The cheap stuff splits on the roll and is very, very frustrating to work with. The extra pennies for the good stuff saves a lot of frustration.
Oooh CostCo would be a good place to find some I bet.

I would suggest, too, to look for boxes in the middle of the month. Most people it seems move at the end of the month... so it would seem that the second or third week of the month might be a better time to hunt for boxes, as there might be less people out scouting for them?
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:32 PM
 
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Craigslist andn teh local mcdonalds have flattened boxes in a dumpster that they use just for boxes...don't go to teh wrong dumpster though The McDonalds boxes aer small so the boxes don'yt end up being heavy
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:40 AM
 
Location: Florida
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The best boxes I have used for moving (with both of us being in the military at one point or another we moved ALL THE TIME!) are from this web site.

USPS | eBay

They are free to order as long as you have an active eBay account in good standing, and if you buy and sell on eBay it's even better, since you can use them for S&H materials. They are pretty sturdy, hold quite a bit, and aren't too big that they are cumbersome to carry. I suggest the 12x12x8 size for moving.

They come in a box with 25 boxes in it, you have to build them, but you can cut the tape and put them back in the storage box till you move again or need to pack stuff. You can order one 25 count of a specific type per day.

Actually, I have used the spare boxes in crafts and art projects as well. I give the kiddo a bunch of boxes, some duct tape, markers, paint, and crayons; and she builds forts and stuff in the backyard.
I 'm really disappointed to see this suggestion. USPS Priority boxes are in danger of staying free from illegal misuse such as this.
On a practical note, they aren't very big and certainly not very strong anyway.
I found great boxes.....a good size and sturdy....by asking at a Dunkin Donuts when I could get them before they were flattened and put in the bin.
It was a bonus to have a lot of same sized boxes when it came to stacking neatly and securely.
Hey....space is something else not to be wasted,right?
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:45 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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The last time I moved was 5 years ago and I had no problem finding free boxes. At the time, my local Wally World had a back room with stacks for the taking. Not so for the the one by me now. Same thing with grocery stores.
Those boxes get crushed so fast, a person has no chance to snag a few.

It really goes against my grain to pay for boxes. Looking for suggestions

Thanks all
If you go while they are stocking the shelves in the evenings you should be able to take boxes from the people stocking once they are done with it.
Another place that is awesome but obscure is central supply at your local hospital. The boxes that rubber gloves come in are just the right size for books, not too big to make them imposible to pick up.
You might also check dumpsters behind strip malls, I used to sell on Ebay and got alot of things there including stuff to cushion breakables.
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