What happens when you do an internet search for “cheap moving boxes”? You get about a million hits, that’s what. Apparently people are really interested in this topic, and I don’t blame them. Not only are regular people interested, but businesses are as well. Consumers want to find cheap moving boxes, and retailers want to provide cheap moving boxes. The result is a super confusing mash-up all over the computer screen.
With key phrases like “manage your moving costs” and “seventy-percent off moving supplies”, not to mention the related searches off to the right boasting “cheap moving boxes [in your zip code]” and “affordable moving labor”, it’s hard to know where to look.
Most of the time, when I do an internet search, I start at the first link. When looking for something that has “cheap” in the description, I do not do this. This is because the companies who can afford to have their link at the very top are usually the most expensive. For example, an internet search for cheapmoving boxes will have Lowes, UHaul, Amazon, and Office Depot at the very top. And that’s just naming a few. Maybe at the bottom of the page, or the next page over, you will start to see the online companies.
The first rule is to never consider the big name companies. [At least not when you are looking for something cheap.] The companies I just named have their packaging and shipping supplies way overpriced compared to the online retailers that follow them up. But don’t just skim right over the first couple pages and assume there is nothing good to be found until further in!
Tucked in between links for ULINE’s moving boxes and supplies and Amazon’s medium moving boxes are the blog posts written by other Joes and Janes who can tell you some great places to get cheap moving boxes (for real), or even X number of places you can get free moving boxes. These posts might not be filled with monumental information (after all, there is no suggestion for finding a genie and wishing for it), but there is a good chance they might suggest something that is so obvious and attainable that we somehow don’t think on our own. Like there are actually websites that sell used moving supplies. Or there are more websites than just Craiglist out there where people are selling their stuff, or even trying to just plain old give it away.