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Thu Dec 22 2016 14:48:19

Putting Used Shipping Boxes to Good Use

By: Ina Steiner

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Did you know you could fill an empty Amazon box with unwanted items you wish to donate, and UPS or USPS will deliver the box to Goodwill at no charge? (It's probably the only time you'll ship something when it's truly free shipping for you!)

The program is operated by GiveBackBox.com, which launched in 2012 - the story of Give Back Box is described in this article on SustainableBrands.com.

In fact, you can use any empty box, and other retailers besides Amazon participate in the program. 

"The purpose of Give Back Box is to provide an effortless and convenient method of donating your used household items. Give Back Box not only provides an easy way to be part of a truly good cause, it also allows cardboard boxes a second life by recycling them and keeping them away from landfills to help improve our environment. So this is an all-round CSR & Sustainability solution that costs you literally nothing."

You can clear out items to start the New Year fresh, and also take a charitable contribution deduction through Goodwill - note, however, that according to the website, "Give Back Box is not a charity. Give Back Box is a vendor that provides charitable organizations with an IT infrastructure."

Also note: "Any household items such as clothes, shoes and jewelry are appropriate.. We cannot accept electronics, any liquids, fragile, hazardous or volatile items, or ammunition in the boxes."

It's not clear if the program has items shipped to a central local or to the Goodwill nearest the donor's location. If the latter, the attention the program is getting this week could provide online sellers with fresh inventory for the picking!

Learn more about the program here.




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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Thu Dec 22 17:02:50 2016

Now that is some GREAT information.  I for one will certainly look into this.  Thank you so much for sharing this.

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Thu Dec 22 18:04:18 2016

Just saw a story on this on the noon news on one of the local Los Angeles TV stations. Sounds like a win-win for everyone.

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by: Volvo351 This user has validated their user name.

Sat Dec 24 08:50:32 2016

It won't keep the box 'out of landfills.' Eventually all the fiberboard goes to a dump, or it's shipped to CHINA for them to use for packaging their crap!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Mon Dec 26 02:58:00 2016

@volvo351

I think you missed the point.

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This user has validated their user name. by: tanzi

Tue Dec 27 00:13:14 2016

I wish Amazon had teamed with a more reliable charity. Goodwill is not a charity, they do some things, but they dont even give their workers full time, all that i know of are part time, and their executives make top $ for being in that organization....I do not see them out giving out food and clothing and other needed items when there is a disaster like red cross or Salvation Army does., so i will not be doing that. I will give my used items to a good organization like i always do, The Salvation Army.  

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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.
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Tue Dec 27 01:51:52 2016

I make frequent trips to my local thrift store where I can donate with no postage required. I've got a stack of stuff ready to go out the door in the new year since we are estimating a high income next year and could use the deduction then. I also make rounds to the SA and GW and can drop off there if needed. I love shopping at all three of these stores, but the SA is the most expensive, now that the GW has been here awhile I'm finding great stuff there at pretty great prices ($1.50 purchase netted me $119!)but my favorite of all is my local store that has rock bottom (cheaper than yard sale prices), all proceeds stay within the community and run by volunteers. Our whole town's favorite place to shop, at least for folks in the $40K or less income bracket!

I do think this sounds like a good idea, except for those that will have to tote the boxes to their PO to mail them as they will be too big to fit in the mailbox and if being shipped by those not in the selling end of on line buying/selling they probably wouldn't realize that they can get free pick up if a Priority box is included, but these very well may be since I assume they would be over a pound.

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 27 04:38:48 2016

AMZ is doing good advertising again.  Everywhere I look I see AMZ boxes.  Now THAT's what EB should do.

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by: C.Page This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 27 06:33:11 2016

My local Goodwill is actually closer than the nearest UPS location (and forget waiting in line at the post office!). Unless/until they offer package pick-up I may as well drop the box off myself at a less greedy charity than Goodwill. The idea is nice though, and may work better for some.

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This user has validated their user name. by: VV

Tue Dec 27 08:07:42 2016

Anybody but Goodwill.  You do know they have stores on Ebay and Amazon? Direct competitor.  And they get their product FREE.

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by: dr shock This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 27 10:04:46 2016

Goodwill is the worst charity to give to.
GOODWILL CEO and owner Mark Curran makes $2.3 million a year and pays workers minimum wage.
In contrast Salvation Army head Todd Bassett receives a small salary of only $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization.
96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.  

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by: lalaland This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 27 12:06:50 2016

 True, tanzi, not to Goodwill.  They are a charity ALMOST like Clinton Foundation.  Straight to the owner's pocket.

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by: wheredidebaygo This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 27 15:28:43 2016

Anyone living in California in the late 90's should remember this scandal with GW. Turned me off of them forever. The eventual figure thrown about was $26M but they would never know the full extent. I used to shop in the antiques stores along San Carlos Blvd in San Jose. The dealers there thought that amount was understated. They knew it had been going on for many years before the story broke. Why did no one speak up? Fear of retaliation seemed to be the reason. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Embezzlement-Scandal-Forces-Goodwil
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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Wed Dec 28 08:48:40 2016

I agree with Tanzi and what some of the others have stated about Goodwill.  Do a little digging and take a look at what Goodwill regional CEOs/Managers are making. It is staggering, and they pay their workers poorly. Goodwill is run more like a for-profit corporation than like a charity. Some of their stores look like flagship stores on Fifth Avenue.    

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This user has validated their user name. by: tanzi

Wed Dec 28 20:38:20 2016

Rexford, that is SO true. Same here with the GW stores. Unbelievable prices also...What i can get at SA the GW wants 5 to 7X the amount of money for the same thing, sometimes more, depending on what the "name" of the item is.  Very sad that they try to lie about what they are doing, they are not doing good for anyone but their own CEO's.  

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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.
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Wed Dec 28 23:59:37 2016

funny my experience with Goodwill is so different that the rest of you. I have gotten some excellent items for resale at great prices at GW. Next to my hometown thrift store it is my second favorite with the SA a far distance third.  



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