Buying New Shipping Boxes Cheaply -

One thing is certain - if you are shipping or moving, you need boxes.

Of the various expenses that can pop up when planning a shipment or executing a move, buying boxes to package your stuff can become surprisingly expensive. You also never seem to have enough of them when you start packing up, leading to repeat trips to the store for more.

Depending on how many shipments or moves you typically make -or if you’re planning one big move- it may be beneficial to build up your box supply. You can use online tools that give you an estimate on the number of boxes you will need for the amount of stuff you’re shipping or packing. Then, consider these cost-cutting strategies for getting shipping boxes on the cheap.

Try Free First

Looking for as many boxes for as little cost as possible? Try free first.

  • Start with Craigslist or other online classified advertising sites. Go to the For Sale section, click on the Free subheading and type in boxes. A quick search of Craigslist pages in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and St. Louis shows dozens of listings from people giving away boxes after a move.
  • If you know anyone working at a retail, grocery or liquor store, ask them if it is possible for you to stop by on a shipment day to pick up some boxes before they are broken down and sent off for recycling.  Liquor store boxes are great options because the boxes are sturdy - bottles are heavy!
  • Is there a college nearby? Colleges, universities and other educational organizations go through reams of paper every day. All that paper is shipped to schools in durable paper boxes with snug-fitting covers, perfect for a second life as a moving box. Like most businesses, institutions of higher learning recycle, although you are likely to be able to snag those paper containers beforehand.

When Convenience is Key

If you are able to put convenience ahead of all else on your shipping or moving budget, you can buy complete moving kits direct from the factory right from a link on our home page. You can browse several products, including moving kits, moving boxes and moving supplies – all in one place.

  • Moving Kits - Moving kits are prepackaged for one-to-two-room moves all the way up to 10 rooms or more. The kits include new boxes of various sizes, packing tape and markers. You have four price options for the kits that fit a variety of budgets and moving needs.
  • Moving Boxes – Choose from small, medium, large and extra-large box sizes as well as specialty boxes such as wardrobe, picture and mirror, TV/electronics, lamp, office files and kitchen.
  • Moving Supplies – Find a wide variety of moving supplies, such as packing tape, bubble rolls and packing peanuts, stretch wrap, foam wrap, packing paper, glass and dish packs as well as mattress covers and moving blankets – great for protecting furniture. You’ll also find a variety of other supplies you may not think you need, such as box and tag sale labels, moving straps, utility knives, rope and more.
  • Build Your Own Moving Kit – Follow three simple steps and you can custom-build a moving supply kit to fits your needs. All you need to do is select the type of moving boxes you need, choose the supplies you want and add it all to your shopping cart.

The moving supplies ship quickly and the factory offers no hassle returns (certain conditions apply). Learn more by reviewing FAQ’s.

What If You Want to Use Plastic Boxes?

We recommend using plastic boxes -otherwise known as bins- if you are shipping fragile items via our service (along with our usual caveat of packing very carefully). Bins have an upside – they are easy to stack, they’re typically sturdier than a cardboard box, can be reused for storage and are available in a variety of sizes. They could have a downside though, especially if you don’t need all those bins for storage at your new place. You can’t fold them up. Given their expense compared to cardboard boxes, you may be hesitant to throw them out or give them away. Nevertheless, plastic bins can have a longer life for the money. – Still the Best Kept Secret in Shipping

The more you ship, the more you save! Together, and GPX have nearly 30 years combined experience facilitating package shipments via a nationwide bus network. Our service is a great way to ship multiple boxes across the country while keeping within your budget. Whether you are relocating to a new city or shipping purchases to Etsy or Ebay customers, is an economical way to send packages long distance. Visit, fill the Instant Quote & Ordering form, buy moving supplies direct from the factory and save.