ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Business and Employment»
  • E-Commerce & How to Make Money Online

Sourcing free packaging supplies

Updated on January 21, 2016
Packing box with peanuts.
Packing box with peanuts. | Source

So where do we start ?

Boxes, as mentioned above, you really need quality boxes that are not soiled, after all no one wants their item in a package that was previously used to parcel off motor oil containers.

Here are a few places we have used and some we still use today.

  • Bunnings – You will have probably walked past the cages bolted against the wall at the rear of the checkouts on you way out, blindly passing by and not seeing the opportunity that presents itself. Bunnings in our opinion is the Holy Grail of free packing boxes and quality ones at that, fresh from the shelf stacker with hardly any time to get dusty and in all shapes and sizes. I must point out that its always best to ask first if you can take any even though they are free, that way you can load up. I generally grab the largest usable one I can then fill it up with a generous selection of smaller sized ones, packing them in like Russian dolls.
  • Friends and relations – There’s probably a very good chance that a certain percentage of your friends and relatives work in environments which have waste in the form of boxes, bubble wrap and maybe even those annoying peanuts. Have a chat with them and see what they say, it can only be yes or no but you should emphasise that you don’t wish them to get into any trouble where they work.
  • Facebook – Yes Facebook, many of the selling groups you are probably on already have people that have recently moved to the area and offer up their packing boxes, peanuts, bubble wrap etc for free as they either cannot be bothered taking it to the recycling centre or are genuinely offering it up for grabs with recycling their end goal.
  • Book stores – These can be fantastic for free packing boxes as they will be clean and new, after all a publisher will not send out new books using inferior packaging. Ask at the counter if they have any spare boxes, tell them what its for there’s no need to lie, if you start off on the level you will find you are received in a more accommodating manner and this will bear more fruit.
  • Furniture stores – Places like Harvey Normans and The Good Guys etc are constantly moving stock, that stock is replaced and they don’t send it to the stores bareback. Every piece will be wrapped or boxed to get it there safely and what do they do with all that packaging afterwards ? They load it into a dumpster and pay to get it taken away. Next time you are close by one of these stores just ask, it doesn’t hurt to ask and you may be pleasantly surprised, id ask to speak to the manager to ask them as you want to go for the organ grinder not the monkey. Get their approval and the lights change to green.

On the subject of green, how many of you throw away the free local newspaper ? Well stop ! Infact go buy yourself a decent shredder and get to work, shredded paper makes excellent packing material and its free…….. I suggest you only shred what you need as its easier to store flat in paper form rather than shredded and packed in bin liners.

STOP POSTING AIR

I’m pretty sure there are many of you whose sell clothing or bed linen ? When you pack them up to post I’d imagine you simply wrap the item in a bag or bubble wrap then pop in the bag or box and seal ? Then STOP why are you posting fresh air ?

If you have multiple items of clothes to sell this method is best suited as I accept individual items would not noticeably benefit. Buy the click and seal plastic bags and pop your item in one then seal the bag just enough to get the vacuum cleaner small nozzle attachment in and give it a quick blast. As you withdraw the nozzle whilst still sucking quickly seal the remainder of the bag. You have removed the air and with several parcels to post in one package you will have saved a small amount, maybe enough at the post office scales to get it down to the next price.

We hope you benefit from some of the suggestions above and we have posted this link to our Facebook group page where you can leave your thoughts, opinions and maybe put forward any ideas you use.

Take care………………

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)