Jul 142013

A phot of boxes, shipping supplies and packaging materials.One of the costs that Ebay and Etsy Sellers often overlook when selling an item is the price of shipping supplies. With inexpensive items that you don’t have a lot of profit on, it can be a huge problem. If you have to go buy a box at the last-minute from an office supply store you’ll quickly realize that it can be quite expensive. But you don’t have to do that, you can get free boxes if you know where to look.

So here are some tips on how to save that money and get your Ebay and Etsy boxes for free. You’ll have to plan ahead a little so you’ll want to do one of the following before you even list your item for sale.

Where to get Free Boxes and Shipping Supplies

Post Office

USPS website for free priority mail boxes.

You can order free Priority and Express Mail supplies from USPS.com. They have tons of sizes to choose from and they will even deliver them right to your house absolutely free. You can even get self adhesive address labels and rolls of priority packaging tape from them, no charge. Keep in mind that if you order them online they do take about a week to get delivered. If you can’t wait that long you can stop in at your local Post Office and pick some up. There is usually a kiosk near the self shipping station. If you don’t see what you need, don’t be afraid to ask at the counter. It’s not uncommon for other people to grab a whole bunch leaving the display empty.


Freecycle website for free boxes.Freecycle is a website dedicated to recycling things that people don’t want or don’t need. Boxes with packaging peanuts still in them are frequently posted there by people who don’t want to just throw them away after moving. If you use this site, not only are you getting free boxes, you’re also helping the environment. Double win. If you’ve never seen this site before, you might also want to take a look around at the other goods that people in your area are giving away. You might be surprised what you will find.


Craigslist web page for free boxes.Don’t forget to check Craigslist for free boxes and packing materials. A lot of companies post when and where to come pick up packing peanuts, boxes, and bubble wrap so they don’t have pay a disposal fee.

Walmart Yep. Drive around the back and there a stacks of boxes for the taking. Be polite and ask an employee if you may take the boxes.

They might even help you find what you are looking for. Actually any big box store will do but I mention Walmart specifically for a reason.

If you haven’t been able to find the box you need at this point you can go inside and buy one. They are really cheap compared to the office supply stores and they have a pretty good selection.

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