Where on earth can I find packaging materials?!?

FleurDuMal

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Hey,

I'm currently trying to raise some funds by selling off a lot of my stuff on ebay. I'd like to sell a couple of my guitars and amps (I don't use them at all anymore). However, I'm really struggling finding somewhere which simply sells cardboard boxes and other packaging materials such as bubble wrap/polystyrene/etc which I can use to post my stuff in. Does anyone know of any chain stores which will likely have a branch here in Manchester/Stockport (UK)? I don't want to order offline as I'm I need to get it all sorted before Thursday as I go back down to London then.

Thanks
 

iGary

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Do you guys have Staples or Office Depot?

You can open up a FedEx account, order their boxes and turn them inside out - use the padded packs for bubble wrap. (They do wise up eventually and stop shipping you supplies until your shipping meets up with the supplies you order, though.)

That's what I do. :D
 
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Lau

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Do have a Pickfords or any of those storage companies near you? They sell cardboard boxes and big rolls of bubble wrap, but I'm not sure if they'd be guitar shaped or not. If you have a guitar shop near you they maybe have some guitar boxes kicking around though.
 

~Shard~

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I "borrow" all mine from the shipping department at work. :eek: :cool:

But yeah, just go to a Staples, Office Depot, Kinko's - heck, the USPS may even have materials for sale at their locations.
 

iGary

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~Shard~ said:
I "borrow" all mine from the shipping department at work. :eek: :cool:

But yeah, just go to a Staples, Office Depot, Kinko's - heck, the USPS may even have materials for sale at their locations.
FleurDuMal
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Lau

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~Shard~ said:
I "borrow" all mine from the shipping department at work. :eek: :cool:

But yeah, just go to a Staples, Office Depot, Kinko's - heck, the USPS may even have materials for sale at their locations.
He's in the UK, ~Shard~. Post offices and stationery shops are on a bit of a smaller scale here as a rule. For posting guitars and the like, I think a removal or storage firm would be a safer bet. You can get bubble wrap at the Post Office as a last resort, but it's in small rolls and a pricey way to buy it.
 

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iGary said:
FleurDuMal
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You don't expect ~Shard~ to actually read before he posts, do you? He's much more efficient this way...
 

iGary

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Lau said:
He's in the UK, ~Shard~. Post offices and stationery shops are on a bit of a smaller scale here as a rule. For posting guitars and the like, I think a removal or storage firm would be a safer bet. You can get bubble wrap at the Post Office as a last resort, but it's in small rolls and a pricey way to buy it.
Third world countries. :rolleyes: :D
 

FleurDuMal

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Lau said:
He's in the UK, ~Shard~. Post offices and stationery shops are on a bit of a smaller scale here as a rule. For posting guitars and the like, I think a removal or storage firm would be a safer bet. You can get bubble wrap at the Post Office as a last resort, but it's in small rolls and a pricey way to buy it.
Yeah, our Post Offices act more as an arena for old people to conduct their whole social lives whilst collecting their pension rather than a place for any sort of meaningful commercial activity :p .

Staples is a great idea. I didn't even think of them. There's one literally 15 minutes drive from here. Their website seems to advertise some relevant stuff.

Thanks guys!
 

latergator116

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You can also try checking in the dumpster or behind the building of local businesses. They're always seem to be throwing out this kind of stuff. That's what I always do when I need packaging material... it just seems like such a waste to go buy packaging material when most of it is available for free and can be reused.
 

yg17

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FleurDuMal said:
Yeah, our Post Offices act more as an arena for old people to conduct their whole social lives whilst collecting their pension rather than a place for any sort of meaningful commercial activity :p .

Staples is a great idea. I didn't even think of them. There's one literally 15 minutes drive from here. Their website seems to advertise some relevant stuff.

Thanks guys!
So Staples has invaded Europe too?