Tagged: Shipping supplies
08/12/2017 at 4:49 pm #21695
So I recently moved from Wyoming to Colorado. Everything is so much easier now. I have access to estate sales, auctions, and thrift stores. One thing that has been more difficult is finding boxes. Before I never had to buy a single box or packing material. In my hometown I knew many people and many business owners that would give me their used cardboard boxes. Since I moved I havent made any contancts for boxes so I think I might have to buy them. How do you guys go about doing this? Uline? Do you just buy many different sizes? How do you have everything you need, especially for odd shapes?
I also need to get a printer and I am thinking about a Zebra for the ebay labels. Can the zebra print out the USPS and Smart post labels with no problems? Thanks.
- This topic was modified 6 days ago by Jawa.
08/12/2017 at 5:06 pm #21697
Not sure what size boxes you’re looking for but I’ve had good luck getting boxes from liquor/wine stores. When I need to buy boxes, I shop on Ebay for them. Uline is pretty pricey once you add in the shipping costs.
08/12/2017 at 6:05 pm #21699
- Location: Virginia
Walmart is box heaven. They either unpack boxes in the morning or late at night. So many boxes. If you have an eBay store subscription, you get coupons to buy packing material…including all different sizes of boxes.
I hear people like the Zebra printer. We have a mac and just couldnt get it to easily connect though. We like our Dymo.
Congrats on the move. I know you had been talking about it. Colorado is a gorgeous state. What part of the state are you in?
08/13/2017 at 12:59 pm #21725
I don’t know how common this is, but all the Walmart’s in my area crush/flatten and bale all their boxes. You could not pick thru them even if you wanted to. I am assuming they are getting some type of money from recyclers for doing this, but don’t know for sure.
In my area gamestops seems to have the best boxes.
As for liquor boxes I have heard its against postal rules to ship them because they advertise liquor. One could turn them inside out to avoid that I guess.
08/12/2017 at 9:53 pm #21709
I get boxes from the post office. All of their supplies are shipped in plain, brown boxes. It saves them the trouble of breaking them down for the dumpster, and it also means fewer dumpster pickups for them.
There’s a local shoe store I am going to ask about boxes, too. They often have a stack of boxes broken down and sitting outside their back door. I don’t know if they are earmarked for someone, or if it’s a “Help Yourself” thing.
Side note: this shoe store is like an old fashioned shoe store, from when I was a kid, (gah, I hate calling it old fashioned, because I’m not *that* old!). You go in, and there are nice chairs to sit in. They measure your feet, and bring you the shoes, put them on your feet, offer their advice on fit, etc. And then they hand write you a receipt, and put their copy on a metal peg by the 1960s era register! IT’S AMAZING! It was like walking back in time to 35+ years ago. It’s been so long since I’ve been in a “real” shoe store that I had totally forgotten the protocol; like, do I sit first? Do I look at shoes first? Should I greet the clerk and ask for help, or am I supposed to browse? How does this work? I don’t remember!
Totally amazing. I bought a pair of Converse and then ordered another color, (and they put my order card in a little file box next to the register!) They’ll call me when they are in. I am so excited to go back, lol!
08/12/2017 at 11:38 pm #21714
- Location: Kansas City
I bought a Zebra printer (TLP2844) used on eBay for about $100. It has probably been the best purchase I’ve made for my eBay business. You can print USPS labels, although I haven’t found a way to print any of the Fedex labels. If someone knows a way to get Fedex labels from the Zebra without some 3rd party paid service, please let me know. In any case, the Zebra is amazing. Never had a single problem with it and you can get compatible sticky labels fairly cheap on Amazon.
As for boxes, you might see if your area has a packaging warehouse nearby. In Kansas City, we have several. I go to one that manufactures packing peanuts, but also offers many other packing supplies, including new boxes and misprint boxes (for very little money).
08/13/2017 at 2:10 am #21715
Thanks for the tips guys! Jay, we moved to southern Colorado to a city called Pueblo. My wife and I were thinkging about building our own tiny home because of how much land and houses cost. Instead I researched the most affordable cities and Pueblo was #4. We were able to out right buy a 2,000sq ft home with a garage and huge yard for less than around 90 grand. The cost of living here is super low. Gas, food, utilites are cheap as hell. Most people think I am crazy moving somewhere just because its cheap, but now I dont have to work my ass off to barely get by. Plus 30 minutes to the north is Colorado Springs and an hour and half takes you to dever. Plus the weather is constantly crazy. It snowed last week in my hometown in Wyoming…
08/13/2017 at 8:49 am #21718
- Location: South Dakota
Find out when the recycling in Pueblo is usually picked up for businesses then go out the day before and scout out businesses for boxes, soon you’ll learn who has the best and the most and don’t forget to look in the dumpsters for packing material and other treasures people will just throw out.
Big car dealerships parts departments have the best packing supplies and heavy duty boxes.
08/13/2017 at 1:07 pm #21726
So Cal JoeParticipant
I generally buy (or lately get for free through Ebay shipping supplies), most of my smaller boxes. It is so much easier with storage and organization. Then of course there are the free USPS Priority boxes.
With larger boxes the advice given by Jay and Steven is right on. After a while you’ll know all the good spots and have a stock pile.
Good for you moving to Pueblo. I used to deliver there at the Target DC years ago. It’s small enough to be inexpensive, but big enough to have everything you need. Also I-25 is right there, so you can quickly get out of town.
Outside of the cost of living, Denver can get a bit congested during the rush hour. Pueblo should be a lot more relaxed.
Sounds like you made a solid move…
08/16/2017 at 10:30 am #21859
- Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
I get a lot of my boxes from work, but I also get a lot at local grocery stores and liquor stores. Not sure if it is common in the U.S., but stores in Canada (the discount ones) typically don’t offer bags and have a huge stack of boxes at the front of the store as seen in the photo. They don’t care how many you take, as long as you get rid of their garbage for them! The good thing is you can usually find any size you are looking for easily in the pile.
08/16/2017 at 12:50 pm #21869
I get most of my boxes from eBay for items under a pound.
USPS will ship you FREE priority boxes of about every shape and size, plus priority mail stickers that help cover labels on recycled booze and Amazon boxes.
When you print your next shipping label, look over by where you can request pick up. There is a link to free eBay branded USPS Priority boxes.
Anything we buy online, we keep the boxes even poly mailer if in good shape. Same with packing peanuts and bubble wrap. Newspaper subscription to a city newspaper can help with packing material. I grab stacks of the local free papers in town.
08/16/2017 at 1:07 pm #21874
FWIW, per USPS rules boxes with liquor logos or names need to be covered or scribbled over with black magic marker. Also, any previous stickers or writings that say something like, fragile, ORM-D, hazardous, etc need to be covered as well. If not, your package may be delayed and or returned to you.
For example, ORM-D means the package can only be shipped via ground, so the package will still make it to its destination, but it will be slow(er). If shipping to AK, HI, PR the package will be returned to you, since it can’t go on a plane.
UPS and FedEX have very similar rules.
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