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Affordable shipping supplies
« on: September 14, 2007, 11:07:50 AM »
Well, as business has picked up for us, we've run out of "donated" bubble wrap and packing peanuts, and I've been searching for affordable supplies.  Running around town looking behind furniture stores, etc. for is just too time consuming, and not an option for us.  Uline has OK prices, but shipping on bulky stuff is just killer.  A 20 cu ft bag of packing peanuts is $28, but almost 4 times that amount just to ship to me via motor freight.

I started looking for local alternatives (Detroit, MI area), and found a place called Performance Packaging that has a lot of the same stuff that Uline has - and most of it at cheaper prices.  Best of all, their warehouse is less than 5 miles from me.  I bought two big rolls of bubble wrap, and a 20 cubic ft bag of peanuts, and I figure I saved around $125 over what it would have cost me to get the stuff from Uline.

If you're in the Detroit area, maybe this is a good alternative for you.  They also have warehouses in Indianapolis and Chicago.  Their website is still kind of incomplete, but they'll send you a printed catalog.

I know there's probably not a ton of people from SE Michigan here, but maybe others know of good alternatives in other parts of the country...


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Re: Affordable shipping supplies
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2007, 01:06:46 PM »
I buy 700' rolls of bubbly wrap at the flea market in Springfield, Ahia (the big one is on today thru sunday).  Guys come in with semi loads of stuff.

I know what you mean about shipping.  I found a place with 9x12x3 boxes for 26¢ (versus 40¢ for uline), but with shipping, they ran 60¢.  Uline was even higher shipping.

The best bet is check for local suppliers.
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2007, 01:22:30 PM »
 :) Biscuit!  Didn't know you were from Detroit.  My sis is in Commerce Twp, is an ebay seller, and gets her supplies from the same place!   :up  I load up on it only when I have to - I still have plenty of free sources here in town, thankfully. 


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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2007, 11:57:48 PM »
I hear ya on not spending that much time looking for "free" supplies.  Here in Kalamazoo my favorite place is Ship Pac.  A couple months ago I'm pretty sure I paid under $22 each for 20 cu ft bags of peanuts.  I don't feel like looking it up right now, but that must be right because it took 7 bags to make their minimum.  They have a $150 minimum order if you pick up or $200 if they deliver.  Very friendly folks there too.


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