Plan on moving? Try

by David Spark on December 14, 2008

We’ve all had that moment? You’re at a major department store and you look toward the loading entrance. I wonder if they have any empty boxes. Let me ask them.

I’ve done it, and been very successful, but it’s also a real pain. I could have gone the other route and purchased card board boxes from a UPS store, but that would cost me a fortune. Another option is These guys work with used box brokers (bet you didn’t know those exist) and coordinates communications with people like you that need cardboard boxes when they’re moving. They use the same business model as 1-800-FLOWERS which coordinates sales of flowers with boutique stores all around the country.

This is a great green idea and it’s better than recycling. It’s true reusing. All boxes are in impeccable condition. You don’t get those mushed boxes you see on the back of a truck heading for the recycling center.

Costs depend on how much you want to move, but to give you an idea, a two-bedroom package of boxes costs $123. And the best part is that will ship it to your home, anywhere in the U.S., via UPS for free. Visit them at their site or call them at 1-888-BOXES-88.

This tip is for the Spark Minute week of 12/15/08 which can be heard daily on Green 960 and 910 KNEW in San Francisco, CA.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Bob December 16, 2008 at 9:42 pm

I’ve bought from before, and they are fantastic! I got everything I needed in their moving kits, the boxes were in great shape, and delivery was free to my door. Saved me a ton of hassle, going out looking for free boxes, and was much cheaper than buying the boxes at my local retailers. Great suggestion, I can’t say enough about them!

Tommy December 16, 2008 at 11:03 pm

It’s great to hear about this service. I’ve spent so much money moving over the years buying expensive new boxes. I’ve tried to “dumpster dive” for boxes but I’d rather not compete with the box foragers who’re trying to make a living. I’m glad this service exists, I’ll definitely get used boxes from whenever I need boxes moving or shipping boxes.

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