When people move they tend to break down and store their used moving boxes or throw them away. If they need to move again and the boxes are still in good condition, they simply reuse them. But we all know that when that time comes, for some reason–you never have enough boxes so inevitably, you look for more.
When you’re unpacking again and ready to break down those boxes, a question arises: to sell or not to sell? Well, we have some answers for you.
I’m in the Phoenix area, so I decided to go on our Craigslist page to see if people are really selling their used moving boxes. I was surprised to see that people are, in fact, trying to do so.
Some of the sellers are from moving companies (which almost makes me trust them more). The boxes are priced a little higher but some include delivery free of charge or larger quantities at a bulk price.
The ones who are not in the industry and selling their used boxes on craigslist usually post for a few dollars and list their ‘gently used’ boxes, but as a consumer you may be better off buying brand new boxes at a big box retail store for the same price or a bit more.
Other online places to sell or donate/find boxes are Facebook community groups or sites like Freecycle.com
Giving Your Boxes Away
Some people say that giving those boxes away is best. That’s the case for Brandon Scivolette from Elite Moving Labor who says it’s unlikely anyone will buy your boxes anyway and it may take you longer to try to sell them than to donate them.
“There are far too many people who are willing to give them away because they don’t want to deal with the hassle of breaking them down and disposal. These people find it far more convenient to take the ‘you can have them if you come get them’ approach,” says Scivolette.
How Used is Too Used?
If you still want to try and sell your boxes, consider how many times you’ve taped and broken down each box. If the box condition is not sturdy enough to be reused, don’t bother trying to sell them and recycle them instead.
“There is definitely a point where a box is too ‘used’… When it starts to get flimsy or ‘loose’ it’s probably too old. We often times have customers that use boxes in poor condition, it’s completely ineffective and pointless,” explains Scivolette.
Scivolette says that an old box that has been used too many times can’t support weight, so it will easily get crushed during the move and often times result in damage.
So when it comes to those old boxes remember you have options. You can reuse, recycle, sell or even give them away.