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Old 10-14-2007, 05:22 PM
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We are preparing for a move in the next two months. We're not looking to spend a fortune on moving boxes and was wondering if anyone has recommendations where we can obtain quality moving boxes for a reasonable price. We are likely to need a mix of 75-80 mixed size boxes.

Thank you!
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:11 PM
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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I used to work for a grocery store here near Scranton, and if a customer called in advance we'd save boxes for them that otherwise would have just been sent to be crushed in the baling maching. It was a win-win situation for everyone involved; we had less cardboard lying around to be baled, and the customer left happy with some boxes. I used to work in the dairy department, and our "egg boxes" were sturdy and of a decent size. They went quickly. I'd even have people approach me on the floor and ask if they could take my empty boxes as I stocked the eggs. I'd recommend you call your local grocery stores and ask if they could possibly put some boxes aside for you.

I also used to work for Lowe's Home Improvement. If you want large boxes, then the ones that appliances come in such as washers and dryers will definitely do the trick. Once again I'd recommend calling ahead for those. It used to be frowned upon when I held boxes aside for customers because my managers would tell me to instead hawk the boxes that we sold in the home organization department. I thought it was unethical to force someone to pay for a cardboard box when I crushed dozens of others in the baler throughout the day, so I usually hid a secret stash of them for customers.

Good luck with your move! We still have boxes in our basement we have yet to unpack, and we relocated eleven years ago! LOL!
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:13 PM
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We bought boxes from a few different places, and Home Depot and Lowes had the lowest prices and the strongest boxes we found they ran around $2 each on average. We tried boxes from a discount place we found online that's based down in Freehold, I think, and even though they were cheaper, the boxes were really thin and crushed easily.

Look on Craigslist- from time to time people will re-sell the boxes they used to move for a fraction of what they cost. They'd rather get a few bucks that throw them in the trash.
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:21 PM
Location: Northern NJ
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I used Affordable Boxes ( I think it's affordableboxes.com )

Good luck.
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:24 PM
Location: UK but on the way to NJ!
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Where do you live? We just moved into our new house a week ago, we have tons--for free! Recycling them next Monday.
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:42 PM
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You might want to check freecycle.com. In our area, people are always giving away their moving boxes.
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Old 10-14-2007, 07:40 PM
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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All your local liquor stores have boxes that wine etc come in and they have to pay to have disposed of (crushed)....... just like SWB's suggestion. Swing by there a cpl of times a week...they won't let you take them all because they box up customers purchases in them but over a period of time you can build up quite a stash for free !!

Also large office complexes get a lot of boxes via copier paper etc ..Hammer Mill for example are really nice stong boxes...with lids !

If you can talk to the drones rather than the "managers"...A 5 $ "tip" will get you the favor of the little guys putting boxes aside for you for weeks to come
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Old 10-14-2007, 08:00 PM
Location: Toms River, NJ
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jerseyj recommended freecycle.com and I will add craigslist.com to that. People are always looking to give away packing materials. If you don't see it listed post to ask for it.
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Old 10-15-2007, 04:32 AM
Location: OH->FL->NJ
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Go to a big apartment complex Saturday and Sunday nights (move in days) and go "lawn shopping" for boxes at the crusher. I had the advantage of living there at the time but I got used once boxes for free.

price=your gas
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Old 10-15-2007, 10:04 AM
Location: Vermont
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We went to the recycling center in our town (Hawthorne) and took about 50 barely used boxes. They have a dumpster for non-flattened boxes and these are usually in very good shape. Grocery store and alcohol boxes often have a huge rectangular cutout in the bottom (saving a few cents?)
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