Cheapest Place to Buy Moving Boxes?

Hi guys and girls,

Not sure if this is the most suitable forum but I'm looking at moving soon. Currently in Melbourne and would like to find the cheapest place to buy moving boxes (i know i can get free boxes but dont have much time to go hunting for them around shoppos, kmart etc.). The cheapest 'new' boxes i can find are about $40 for 20 50L boxes.

Any suggestions please let me know, thanks in advance!

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  • -2 votes

    china

  • +8 votes

    check out local Facebook groups, thats how we got ours, then offered them up again after we moved. Recycle economy

  • +3 votes

    Bunnings - free

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      I was once told to just get just enough for my purchase as they said quiet struggling in weekend.

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        Bunnings was my #1 source for boxes for packing my sales. It depends on who you get at the door. If you ask nicely if you can take some boxes, most times they smile and say yes. You get to know the door people also and develop a good rapport.

        But then this person on Gumtree was trying to get rid of a massive amount of unused boxes from a business which closed down and I've been using those for the past two years or so.

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      https://www.bunnings.com.au/our-range/storage-cleaning/stora...

      How do you get free moving boxes from Bunnings?

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    Officeworks wanted about $7 a piece last time I looked, Bunnings are probably half that and might have 10-packs at a reduced price. I'm sure I've seen them in Ikea as well. I know a lot of self-store places also sell moving boxes and all the trimmings tile string and tape, but I don't know how cheap they are.

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      Not cheap! Best to shop around.

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      It is as quicker for us to go this way when renovating our kitchen last year. Then we took them back and got some money back.

      Some of the specislised boxes (eg crystal/glassware are great) and you can get boxes for heavy items too (ie stronger).

  • +4 votes

    gumtree

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    Try your local Woolworths or Coles and ask some of the fruit and veg guys for some banana boxes. They're reasonably big but not huge, fairly strong as well.

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      To add to that, I think the Bakery department would have even bigger boxes than F&V ones, but they lack in strength due to the lightweight products they normally hold.

    • -1 vote

      Not sure why you got downvoted.
      My local bunnings have sections in front of the cashiers where they have free boxes. Most of them are small but you can find decent sized moving boxes if you willing to put in the effort. They are free afterall with the added bonus of reusing for environmental purposes now that China no longer wants to buy our scrap paper

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        I down voted them (and you) because they (and you) can't read.

        • +2 votes

          Op says no time to search in shops but has time to deliberate buying options? Meh

          Maybe OP doesnt know which shops are likely to have what he needs?

          Edit:
          If time is really an issue, post a job on airtasker. Bound to be someone around who would be willing to drop off free stuff for money

  • +2 votes

    check out kenards storage. They usually sell 2nd hand boxes. various sizes and prices.

  • +1 vote
    1. Kennards Self Storage - and you get partial refund when you bring them back
    2. Officeworks
    3. Bunnings

    Also if you're moving with a moving company, they may sell you them cheap or even loan you them for free (but they may be used/crap).

  • +1 vote

    You can call ur local supermarket days early and request for empty boxes from groceries, they usually keep them aside for you to pick-up.

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    don't skimp on moving boxes, you'll regret it

  • +1 vote

    Officeworks do 5 for $7-8? Smaller boxes about 30L.

    They are new, and all the same size and make moving easy.

    Using 100 different boxes of different shapes and sizes is a waste of time and effort.

    Edit 10 for $17.85, 40L.

    https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/moving-box...

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    We bought all our boxes from storage king. Plenty of choices in sizes and very sturdy.

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    Try Chemist Warehouse. I once got about 10 boxes from there, very solid and reliable.. The only thing is you can fold and stack them..

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    I used menthatmove, they loaned me plastic reusable moving boxes that were big, sturdy, and did the trick

    Ecomove.com.au may give you some ideas

  • +1 vote

    Most times I head down the tip to dump cardboard there are tonnes of moving boxes in the recycle bin - though you're not supposed to remove stuff from the recycling centre, I'm sure a deal could be done (or no-one notice if the boxes were neatly stacked and easily moved back into the car). Also if you shout out on Facebook, usually there are about 10 mates who will put up their hands to get rid of excess boxes.

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    I'm in the process of packing to move to a new house and got a bunch of these storage containers when they were $5 each.

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    If you are not fussed about the dimensions, i obtained some good bike boxes from the local bike store. They even have handles for easy moving.

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    HI, the best place for good strong boxes is your local chemist. They all get their deliveries in strong archive type boxes and are usually only too happy to give them away as they get heaps. If you try the supermarkets etc you have to do a lot of running around and the sizes all vary, these are a 1 stop shop and all in good condition and the same size. I found this out by accident a couple of years ago and since then have never had any trouble getting more than enough boxes.

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    Jaycar have a sign up that says they give away free moving boxes..
    Unsure why they have them/what they use them for though…

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    gumtree or facebook marketplace

    free, use them, give them away again

    Just did that, couple of facebook marketplace grabs and moved a 4 bed house without buying a single box

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      how many boxes did you end up needing for the 4br?

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        Can't remember… Would also vary based on box size..

        Ill say something like 50..few huge ones, rest were around medium moving box size or smaller

        Didn't buy a single box though, just took what we could get for nothing.

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    If you organise a better moving company, they generally will give you boxes for the move included in the price.

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    Have you tried MiniMovers? I saw it on their website their boxes are on 50% off on all of their boxes. Here is their website, minimovers.com.au. Happy packing :)