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Asked by Bill

September 18, 2013 under Others

I work for a manufacturing company in Tucson AZ and I have many pallets of never used boxes. Are there any moving companies that would be interested in purchasing these?

Answered by Robert Moreschi

September 19, 2013

Hi, thanks for visiting! Anyone that has ever moved will tell you that when you're preparing to relocate, the currency of the land is cardboard boxes. There is no greater commodity for people who are moving than empty cardboard boxes. For that reason, you'll never have a problem getting rid of leftover boxes, especially ones that are new and have never been used. 

While I'm not able to refer you to any specific moving companies that could purchase your cardboard boxes, there are plenty of places where you can sell them or donate them. If your goal is to sell them to a moving company, your best bet would be to contact local moving companies around Tucson and ask them if they would be interested in purchasing your boxes. While most moving companies already have established packing supply vendors that provide them with the boxes they need, you may get lucky. 

However, there are other options for you if you're really looking to get rid of these boxes. Here are just a few of the best ones:

  • U-Haul Box Exchange. This handy resource created by U-Haul allows people to sign onto their message board and search for free moving boxes in their area. It's a great idea for people who are moving to be able to log in and search by location for other people who are looking to get rid of old moving boxes that they no longer need, just as it is a great resource for people like you who need a way to get rid of their moving boxes and don't know what else to do with them.
  • Freecycle. Another website similar to the U-Haul Box Exchange, Freecycle allows users to search by location for free moving boxes in their area. It's another great alternative to recycling your used moving boxes that also helps out others at the same time by providing them with some much-needed moving boxes.
  • Craigslist. It's true that you can sell just about anything on Craigslist, and moving boxes are no exception. Anything that people don't want anymore, they post on Craigslist, and that apparently includes empty cardboard boxes. All you have to do is post a listing and you can find a lot of people in your area, or surrounding areas, who are in need of cardboard boxes for their move and would even be willing to pay you for a certain amount.

To learn about other ways in which you can get rid of your unused cardboard boxes by donating them, recycling them or repurposing them, visit our moving guides page, which features a collection of over 1,000 moving guides on just about every topic. 

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