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FREE BOXES!
posted by jimmy (105 comments total)
 
You MUST be joking.

Please, please tell me you're joking.
posted by fenriq at 1:17 PM on January 31, 2005


No. Way. I'm getting 25. I better be getting 25.
posted by odinsdream at 1:20 PM on January 31, 2005


All this talk about free boxes is bringing back some memories (warning: self link, stupid story)
posted by aubilenon at 1:20 PM on January 31, 2005


FREE BOXERS!
posted by mkultra at 1:21 PM on January 31, 2005


When you checkout it gives you a scary warning about defrauding the post office and using these boxes for non post office things..

Which sucks because I could really use 25 boxes.
posted by Lord_Pall at 1:22 PM on January 31, 2005


Is this a mistake? It took my details, confirmed and processed the "order." Guess I'll be getting my boxes in a little while. I wonder if they deliver them in another box?
posted by odinsdream at 1:23 PM on January 31, 2005


WTF?

They've had these forever.

So really, WTF?
posted by bshort at 1:25 PM on January 31, 2005


I wonder if they deliver them in another box?

That would be the metabox.
posted by carter at 1:26 PM on January 31, 2005


I couldn't resist, I just ordered 25 boxes for $0. I wonder if this will actually work, or if they are going to send an "oops, we messed up" type message.
posted by sotonohito at 1:26 PM on January 31, 2005


Damnit. "Orders for shipping supplies to addresses outside the United States cannot be placed online."

I guess Kim Jong Il will have to do without the 100000 boxes I wanted to send him.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 1:27 PM on January 31, 2005


I'm going to mail a box to every mefi member
posted by Hands of Manos at 1:27 PM on January 31, 2005


Astounding. I can't take a moral argument seriously from any of you who jumped at the opportunity to take advantage of an honest mistake. I don't want to hear ever again about greedy corporations or crooked politicians. You people just showed that you're willing to turn a blind eye when it is to your benefit. How does that make you any different from those you rail against?
posted by horsewithnoname at 1:28 PM on January 31, 2005 [1 favorite]


This would be a good method of political protest in the US though. "Karl Rove Crushed By Boxes"
posted by Pretty_Generic at 1:29 PM on January 31, 2005


How does that make you any different from those you rail against?

We have boxes.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 1:29 PM on January 31, 2005 [4 favorites]


We have cameras boxes.

On preview: DAMN YOU, P_G!
posted by mkultra at 1:30 PM on January 31, 2005


horsewithnoname: If it's an honest mistake, they'll just send an email with that information to all those who ordered ridiculous amounts.

This isn't like a car being free, it's something that could easily be free on purpose. If I had been on the post office site today genuinely looking for boxes, I'd certainly go through with the order process as it is and wouldn't think anything was wrong.

For what it's worth, I plan on using my 25 boxes to actually, you know, mail things.
posted by odinsdream at 1:31 PM on January 31, 2005


pretty_generic,

good form
posted by slapshot57 at 1:31 PM on January 31, 2005


Put "shipping" as a term in the store search and you'll find more interesting sizes.
posted by u.n. owen at 1:32 PM on January 31, 2005


Um... priority envelopes are free too.
posted by thomcatspike at 1:32 PM on January 31, 2005


horsewithnoname, I wouldn't mind an exclusion from your categorical disgust.

This is A. not new. B. not the best of the web by any stretch. C. Stupid, do you really think the boxes are free or is the USPS subsidized by yours and my tax dollars?

Yeah. Good thinking.

What do we need trees for anyway?
posted by fenriq at 1:33 PM on January 31, 2005


This is not a mistake, they have been giving away priority shipping materials for-freaking-ever.
posted by u.n. owen at 1:33 PM on January 31, 2005


Back in 1998 or so, there was a scam you could pull against an online music retailer where, with coupons and cookie deletion, you could get anything under $10 for free.

For the most part, I sent many, many, many free singles to random people from the phone book.

I'm a better human being now, though.
posted by Sticherbeast at 1:33 PM on January 31, 2005


You can go down to the local post office and take their whole stack of boxes too. But you don't.
posted by smackfu at 1:34 PM on January 31, 2005


I hear you can get free napkins and straws at the mall food court. Pass it on.
posted by uncleozzy at 1:39 PM on January 31, 2005


"FREE QUONSAR!"

Wait, on the red flag on that site there's a capital Q. Now I'm all confused.
posted by davy at 1:40 PM on January 31, 2005


horsewithnoname, I wouldn't mind an exclusion from your categorical disgust.

You people. Classic Metafilter moments, #1 on most people's lists (but not mine - still in the top five tho).
posted by furiousthought at 1:42 PM on January 31, 2005


odinsdream & fenriq: Learn your MeFi history ;-)
posted by i_cola at 1:44 PM on January 31, 2005


You laugh, uncle, but I know a person with two drawers full of ketchup packets. "They're free!"
posted by dougunderscorenelso at 1:46 PM on January 31, 2005


?
Pepsi Box
Blue Box
Pepox
Blux

Disappointing either way...
posted by fluffycreature at 1:46 PM on January 31, 2005


furiousthought: what's your #1?
posted by Pretty_Generic at 1:48 PM on January 31, 2005


This is not a mistake, they have been giving away priority shipping materials for-freaking-ever.

Exactly. Hasn't anyone here sold stuff on eBay or similar sites?

And yes, the boxes come in a box.
posted by MiHail at 1:58 PM on January 31, 2005


we've got boxes
posted by psmealey at 1:59 PM on January 31, 2005


Seriously, if you open a free account online/by phone at any of these types of places (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc...) you can get this stuff delivered to your house for free, too. In bulk...OMG I know, isn't this world we live in amazingly coal??! Also, did you know you can go to barnes & noble and read the books for FREE?!...but keep it a secret, okay guys we don't want to tell everyone, right??
posted by naxosaxur at 1:59 PM on January 31, 2005


I got free WiFi via the Helping Hands Agency in Page, AZ once.
Actually, it was twice...
posted by i_cola at 2:02 PM on January 31, 2005


Hey! I thought I was the only one who knew you could read for free at B&N...but did you know that you can do it at Border's, too???!!???
posted by MiHail at 2:04 PM on January 31, 2005


OMG I know, isn't this world we live in amazingly coal??!

Down with fossil fuels.
posted by me3dia at 2:05 PM on January 31, 2005


This has definately been going on for a long, long time. They do it so they can make a profit. Priority mail is expensive.

Der.
posted by craven_morhead at 2:08 PM on January 31, 2005


Boxes. Free boxes, lots of them. Need diabolical plot.
posted by Shane at 2:13 PM on January 31, 2005


Now I have to clean my screen of soda. Well done, horsewithnoname and Pretty_Generic. An excellent reminder to me of my lurking days.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 2:14 PM on January 31, 2005


*drops the needle on the cat and the cobra*

... "WE'VE GOT BOXES!"
posted by koeselitz at 2:16 PM on January 31, 2005


. . . at least it's made for a semi-entertaining thread. Now, if you'll pardon me, I'm going to go mail a box. I got the box free. From the post office.
posted by ThePrawn at 2:16 PM on January 31, 2005


Tempest, meet teapot. Teapot, tempest.
posted by spock at 2:16 PM on January 31, 2005


Free Bach's
posted by spock at 2:18 PM on January 31, 2005


Free Foxes!
posted by spock at 2:21 PM on January 31, 2005


I plan on turning my 25000 boxes into makeshift homes for the homeless.... I'm such a thoughtful young man
posted by herting at 2:23 PM on January 31, 2005


You laugh, uncle, but I know a person with two drawers full of ketchup packets. "They're free!"

When I worked at a sandwich shop years ago, we would occasionally get cleaned out of napkins by people (or perhaps just the same cheap person over and over). Full dispensers on tables - 10 customers or so eat in at the tables - several dispensers empty.
posted by Bort at 2:25 PM on January 31, 2005


I think we've already paid for these boxes with our tax dollars.
posted by MotherTucker at 2:29 PM on January 31, 2005


All your box, are belong to us
posted by Hands of Manos at 2:31 PM on January 31, 2005


i eat boxes
posted by greasy_skillet at 2:35 PM on January 31, 2005


Hey! I thought I was the only one who knew you could read for free at B&N...but did you know that you can do it at Border's, too???!!???

That's nothing. Not only can you read for free at your local library, but if you go to the desk and sign up for a special card (just like signing up for a preferred shopper card!) you can also take books home with you! For free! Lots of them! And when you're done you can bring them back and get more!
posted by SisterHavana at 2:38 PM on January 31, 2005


USPS isn't exactly subsidized anymore. It's the only self-sustaining quasi-gov't agency actually.
posted by muddylemon at 2:39 PM on January 31, 2005


What's the most they allow? (seemed find with 800)
posted by null terminated at 2:41 PM on January 31, 2005


C. Stupid, do you really think the boxes are free or is the USPS subsidized by yours and my tax dollars?
The Treasury Department use to handle their payroll, fyi.
posted by thomcatspike at 2:41 PM on January 31, 2005


you can also take books home with you!

We don't have no stinkin' liberries here in Texsux.

Identical strip malls on every corner, check. Libraries, not so much. Though San Antonio does boast one of the uglier libraries going. It's like a giant cement vault and completely user-unfriendly.
posted by MiHail at 2:51 PM on January 31, 2005


Free Boxers!
posted by LarryC at 2:55 PM on January 31, 2005


Thinking outside the box... you need not even leave your Aeron chair. Free reading is available at Bartleby.com, Litrix Reading Room, Celebration of Women Writers etc.
posted by Cranberry at 2:55 PM on January 31, 2005


Free balks!
posted by ORthey at 3:12 PM on January 31, 2005


Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky,
Little boxes, little boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they're all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.

(Written by Malvina Reynolds, popularized by Pete Seeger, enjoyed since 1963 by contemptuous coastal lib'rul elitists who ironically grew up in post-war suburbs similar to the one depicted in the song.)
posted by orthogonality at 3:15 PM on January 31, 2005


FREE PIKE!
posted by CunningLinguist at 3:20 PM on January 31, 2005


i_cola, 12512? You want me to read back to 12512 to catch that?

Yikes! I spend too much time on MeFi already as it is. My boss is wondering why they pay me.

By the way, I hear there's free writing on something called the internets. But remember that you get what you pay for.
posted by fenriq at 3:27 PM on January 31, 2005


Dumb looks are still free.
posted by Smart Dalek at 3:29 PM on January 31, 2005


Back in 1998 or so, there was a scam you could pull against an online music retailer where, with coupons and cookie deletion, you could get anything under $10 for free.

For the most part, I sent many, many, many free singles to random people from the phone book.

I'm a better human being now, though.


That same music retailer would allow you to use that $10 off anything coupon to buy... $10 gift certificates. Those $10 gift certificates could be 'stacked' into an individual account.

Some people (so I hear) actually had perl scripts that would allow you to send an accountID and a dollar amount as a parameter, and then apply that amount to the given account. Those people liked ebay. A lot.

So I heard.
posted by fet at 3:34 PM on January 31, 2005


Since it was asked. Best Metafilter moments.

#1. I would eat the meat of any one of you.
#2. Oh. Oh dear.
#3. We have cameras.

That's about as far as I have it worked out.

posted by furiousthought at 3:38 PM on January 31, 2005


fyi if you need free bubble mailers, ask a music journalist.

If you use the USPS Priority boxes for non Priority mail shipping, cross off all the places where it says Priority Mail or the package may arrive postage due.

In two years in a mail room, I turned a lot of these boxes inside out (where they're stamped USPS to catch you doing this) and never had to explain to the USPS that the Priority boxes were REUSED (which they were, but they didn't care).
posted by GlitterBum at 3:47 PM on January 31, 2005


I love that Malvina Reynolds song, Orthogonality. Reynolds said she wrote it about the ticky-tacky boxes that you see on the hill in south San Francisco as you drive down toward Daly City and the airport. My mom used to sing it to me when I was a kid on that same highway.
posted by luriete at 3:50 PM on January 31, 2005


I thought this was gonna be a porn link....
posted by spilon at 3:53 PM on January 31, 2005


Brie, foxes.
posted by Hlewagast at 4:06 PM on January 31, 2005


Free Box.
posted by OhPuhLeez at 4:16 PM on January 31, 2005


Free Tibet.
posted by eener at 4:43 PM on January 31, 2005


Three poxes!
posted by Wet Spot at 4:47 PM on January 31, 2005


Apropos of nothing, did anyone else notice that Free Boxes backwards is Sex-O-Beer-F?
posted by fenriq at 4:50 PM on January 31, 2005


Flea Cockses!
posted by Wet Spot at 4:52 PM on January 31, 2005


Sea loxes.
posted by OhPuhLeez at 4:54 PM on January 31, 2005


...raises eyebrow, nods ever so slightly.
posted by NortonDC at 5:22 PM on January 31, 2005


Free Bochs?
posted by mendel at 5:24 PM on January 31, 2005


Bee Fracas!
posted by jefbla at 6:05 PM on January 31, 2005


Wee poxes.
posted by postmodernmillie at 6:15 PM on January 31, 2005


before sex
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 6:18 PM on January 31, 2005


Beeblebroxes!
posted by fish tick at 6:58 PM on January 31, 2005


Fee boxes!
posted by me3dia at 7:03 PM on January 31, 2005


Boxes? We don't need no stinkin' boxes.

Sorry
posted by deborah at 7:04 PM on January 31, 2005


So are we still excited about free boxes, or what?
posted by Kleptophoria! at 7:06 PM on January 31, 2005


Free boxes?! WHERE!?!
posted by odinsdream at 7:07 PM on January 31, 2005


Botoxes!
posted by MiHail at 7:45 PM on January 31, 2005


"Beeblebroxes" wins.
posted by spock at 7:52 PM on January 31, 2005


Knee poxes!
posted by FormlessOne at 7:53 PM on January 31, 2005



Hey! I thought I was the only one who knew you could read for free at B&N..


Grumble... Grumble...
posted by drezdn at 7:54 PM on January 31, 2005


Fox in socks on Knox in box!
posted by Darkman at 8:16 PM on January 31, 2005


All right, that was really pushing it, but how often do I get to post links to Dr. Seuss flash games?
posted by Darkman at 8:33 PM on January 31, 2005


Free Barbara Boxer (to speak truth to power)!
posted by orthogonality at 9:04 PM on January 31, 2005


I just got me some free boxes!
posted by Bag Man at 9:08 PM on January 31, 2005


the usps will aslo give you free tape, address alpbels, the works, I have done this for a long time. If you sell on ebay it's a well known thing. There are free envelopes and more than a few kins of boxes, you git diff choices in personal or business...
posted by Dome-O-Rama at 9:16 PM on January 31, 2005


Who woulda though boxes could bring so much happiness.. I don't even need them, and I've got 50 on the way.
posted by AloneOssifer at 9:20 PM on January 31, 2005


Dome-O-Rama - Spell Check is free.
posted by Cranberry at 9:43 PM on January 31, 2005


I nominate this as one of the funniest threads I've read in awhile.

and it wins!
posted by wolftrouble at 10:38 PM on January 31, 2005


THREE COCCYX!

Oh, wait...is the party over? Durnit.
posted by davejay at 11:13 PM on January 31, 2005


Three doxies!
posted by shinybeast at 12:07 AM on February 1, 2005


JS Bach's
posted by psmealey at 4:50 AM on February 1, 2005


FYI - This is going to stop soon. The post office is the only service giving supplies away, and it's hurting them. FedEx and UPS don't. My local PO says get them while you can, because they're not going to be offering them free much longer.

Your priority mail rates will stay the same however.
posted by quibx at 5:13 AM on February 1, 2005


Looks like I caught this one a little late but um...1600 Pennsylvania Avenue??

Anyone?
posted by x_3mta3 at 6:09 AM on February 1, 2005


FedEx used to give away free supplies - I know because I have TONS of their stuff in my closet that I STILL haven't used from 5 years ago.

Of course, you have to have a billing account. Which stinks.

GO USPS! (Well, for the free supplies anyway. Not so much for the actual mailing services.)
posted by OhPuhLeez at 6:36 AM on February 1, 2005


Actually Fed Ex does give away all of its packaging for free.
posted by Julnyes at 6:40 AM on February 1, 2005


UPS gives away free boxes too.

You need an account, but those are also free.
posted by Sheppagus at 8:59 AM on February 1, 2005


You know I ordered these boxes like 6 months ago and they never arrived. I don't need them anymore and I really hope they don't show up now...
posted by pwb503 at 4:02 PM on February 3, 2005


pwb503: Perhaps they ran out of things to ship them in because they've already shipped everything out for free...
posted by codger at 7:33 PM on February 5, 2005


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