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Finding Cardboard Boxes


So many people advise against buying cardboard packing boxes outright when you can get them for free from supermarkets or friends who have recently moved. Is it wise to spend your money on new boxes when you’re only using them for a move that will last several days?

First, when you purchase brand-new containers, you can trust that you are investing in a high-quality product. You won’t have to worry about tearing, ripping, or sagging containers when loading your belongings on moving day.

If you foresee another move in your future, brand-new containers can be used three or four more times without compromising their quality. When you break them down, they can be stored in the back of a closet or underneath a bed, taking up very little space until their next use.

Additionally, you may need to purchase new packaging supplies if you need specialty containers for garments, electronics, or fragile dishes.

If you have special items that need careful packaging, it is best to purchase a brand-new cardboard box made for the size and shape of your belongings instead of packing them in a used container.



If you’re moving on a budget, gently used cardboard boxes can be the way to go before we wetted up shop. Now Koala Box is a great and affordable option for people moving on a budget. But under the circumstances of those who may still be inclined in choosing cardboard let me share with you some ideas.

If you have gathered used cardboard from supermarkets and department stores, make sure that they are free of damage caused by moisture or pests if they have been sitting in storage.

With that being said, there are several places that you can get inexpensive, used packaging supplies for your relocation:

  • Ask your neighbours. If you have new neighbours that have recently moved, ask if they would like you to take their old packaging supplies off their hands. If they have purchased brand-new boxes, you may be in luck to get slightly used containers for your move.
  • Check the trash behind grocery stores. You can ask a grocery or retail store directly for used cardboard boxes, or you can also check for any broken-down, used containers stacked next to the dumpster behind the store. These cardboard boxes have been thrown out, meaning that you can get your hands on completely free packaging supplies for your move.
  • Check online. Some websites will offer free containers from users who have recently moved. If your move is several months away, set up an online alert so that you will receive an e-mail when free containers are advertised.

Other websites specialise in quality, used containers that you can purchase at a discounted rate. If the containers are still in good condition when you’re done moving, you can resell them back so that you can recoup some of the money used for your relocation.

Now that being said Koala Boxes would be considered a great option because the position of having to remove the cardboard boxes once they have been used is still required so consider not just getting but also removing the boxes from your new place once you have moved in.


As a helpful hint, here is some size recommendations to help should you still choose to go searching though the supermarkets and commercial rubbish bins.

  • Extra large box: 58 x 58 x 41cm – Blankets, pillows, comforters, clothes, lamps, and other large, lightweight items.
  • Large box: 51 x 51 x 38cm – Stereo, computer, large dishes, lamps, plants, and pillows.
  • Medium box: 46 x 36 x 30cm – Collectables, books, glasses, dishes, and kitchenware.
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