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Now you've got two file holders from one box!
<p>I also recommend converting 24 and 30 can soda can packs into storage. I tend to use the 24 packs more due to how often the 24 packs of our favourite soda is on special. Remember to leave the entire back on one of the ends for stability. You might also find it useful to do a small amount of further reinforcement, but this really depends on your needs, resources and/or inclinations. Decorate as desired.</p><p>In the photo taken below, you will note that I am also using the idea for temporary book storage ahead of getting some wooden shelves for the purpose. The structure isn't particularly good for heavier books, but does suit magazines quite well. I also got a bit lazy and didn't make the angled cuts typical of magazine storage. </p>
Unfortunately, it's not really free. The post office operates with the dollars that come out of the taxes we all pay. And this would be fine, if the Post Office was profitable, but right now they are in 8 billion dollar deficit (http://bit.ly/lLAYpV). This means they are having to make decisions such as closing post offices across the nation, even stop delivering mail on Saturdays, cut pay, and of course increase taxes. So sure, it's free, but do you want to be responsible for contributing to that? The box does have a cost, it has to be made into cardboard, cut, folded and printed with ink. If a million people follow your idea and take just one box without using it for its intended purpose, do you realize how this adds up?
<p>The USPS is NOT funded by tax dollars. The Post Office is self funded by charges for the services they provide.</p>
<p>Ok, so if the USPS is not funded by tax dollars, is it not even more 'stealing' to take these boxes from a full fledged business... The reality is complicated, of course. With their operating costs being way higher than their profits, they need subsidies to keep going. To me it's the same difference but hey... http://fortune.com/2015/03/27/us-postal-service/ http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2013/jul/24/american-postal-workers-union/postal-service-claim-not-fully-target/</p>
<p>As per the article you site: </p><p><br> &quot;Before 1971, the Postal Service received annual appropriations from the<br> federal government. Since then, it has operated independently, with <br>revenues generated through the sales of postage stamps and services.</p><p><br> But Congress does give the Postal Service $100 million a year to <br>compensate the agency for revenue loss by providing, at congressional <br>direction, free mailing privileges to blind people and overseas voters, a<br> congressional report noted. The $100 million is less than 1 percent of <br>the Postal Service&rsquo;s annual budget.&quot;</p><p>The Postal Service has indeed borrowed money from the government. That money has to be paid back (no different than any enterprise borrowing money to make it through hard times). The Postal Service has a harder time than some private companies because it has to go through Congress to change the rates it charges for it's services. In addition, they are required to pre-fund 75 years of retiree health benefits to the tune of about $5.6 billion dollars a year (something no other federal entity has to do).</p><p>I did not bring this up to imply that it was not theft. The boxes are provided to make it easier for people to use the USPS shipping services. Printed on the box it states:</p><p>&quot;This packaging is the property of the U.S. Postal Service and is provided solely for use in sending Priority/Express Mail shipments. Misuse may be a violation of federal law. This packaging is not for resale&quot;</p><p>If people are taking these &quot;free&quot; boxes for the purpose of personal storage instead of shipping, they are indeed stealing, and breaking the implied contract they entered into by taking the box.</p><p>Many people have the mistaken idea that the USPS is funded solely by tax dollars, when this is not the case. As a former Postal Worker, I am acutely aware of how complicated the issue is. </p>
I agree. I think the solution to this would be to use only USPS boxes that have been used in delivery. That way it's a form of upcycling and not theft from the government.
<p>Hi, I already did something like this some years back with those wine-in the-box boxes. I make sure to make the cut where the original hole was, to get rid of it, and I finished them with some wallpaper I got from the thrift shop. Another option would be to spray them with acrylic, but the wallpaper is cheaper and less messy. And since the boxes, though rather small, were made to hold 3 liters of wine, they were very sturdy!</p>
<p>Hi, I already did something like this some years back with those wine-in the-box boxes. I make sure to make the cut where the original hole was, to get rid of it, and I finished them with some wallpaper I got from the thrift shop. Another option would be to spray them with acrylic, but the wallpaper is cheaper and less messy. And since the boxes, though rather small, were made to hold 3 liters of wine, they were very sturdy!</p>
I truthfully wouldn't worry about a stupid BOX!!! enjoy the project and stop arguing!!!
hey i saw alot of negativity about these boxes. if you dont want to do that you can go into any walmart store around restocking time. ask if you can have the boxes they are about to throw out. they almost always say yes. there you go lol
These are perfect for my second graders. I've already ordered my boxes. Thanks for the idea!
I know it is tempting to get free boxes from USPS, but it is against the law and immoral. I too thought this was a great idea and picked up two boxes for free, and then I came to my senses. Taking supplies that are not used the way they are intended is not only a crime, which is stated right on the box, it is wrong. USPS provides those boxes for people who are going to be utilizing their service, if everyone at home ordered some boxes to their doorstep and didn't use them, we'd all be charged higher prices to pay for them. Do you really want to be paying higher prices in shipping so that people across the country can do free projects to their hearts content? By the way, if you order boxes from USPS, they now have your information should they want to pursue charges.
An excellent point. Thanks for speaking out on behalf of the USPS
Go away! No one wants your negativity here. If you're gonna come in and say, "Hey! That's illegal! Knock it off!" then just leave. Ok?
Talk about negativity...
Yeah thanks!<br/>=)<br/>
well, if they are in YOUR house sitting on YOUR shelf I doubt the USPS is going to send the police out to your house because you ordered their free boxes. besides, its not like you are using them to transport drugs or whatnot, you make a simple magazine holder. nobody is going to care that you did this with a free box. and kudos to the person who made this instructable because it makes a good use out of those leftover USPS boxes.
thank you! especially for the holidays recycle those boxes!
I got this idea after I ordered a set of boxes for mailing. I had extras and I figured I should make them useful. You do not have to use USPS boxes, you can use other things (like cereal boxes that someone else suggested). Plus there are other issues in the world that are more immoral than my use of boxes. Thanks for your concern, but I think I'll be fine. Think of my project as a way to recycle an used USPS box. Go Green!
Hi aznliu, This was a great idea as far as making your own holder for magazines or whatever. It was a really fresh idea and I think we all would do good to think outside the box and make our own things instead of paying too much at the store. I'm sure the amount of boxes that would actually be used for a project such as this is negligible in the grand scheme of the big bad post office. I wasn't trying to be a preachy person, but I think it is important to examine my own behavior and always try to make decisions that I wouldn't mind my kids emulating. Some people pilfer napkins from restaurants and think that's ok, others do not. But anyways, it was a great idea to recycle an old box and very creative. Thanks for passing it along.
Cool idea! I've bought a few of those holders from the Goodwill, but the idea of using cereal boxes works for me, I eat a lot of cereal, and I found myself wondering if there was something I could do with them. Although, I probably would spray paint them!
You could glue some scrapbooking paper on the side OR you could use pretty magazine pages and clue it to the side like a collage :D to make even better holders :)))
How strange. I have an entire tutorial using this exact USPS box on my blog...and it's been posted there since August of 2008. Hmmmm...very strange indeed.
Great minds think a like!
so?<br>congratulations. <br>You came up with a good idea too.<br>ideas like this can occur to many people- no one owns these kinds of things
you really could have just looked at the info XD
Interesting indeed. Considering I posted this in Feb 2008.
great idea- thanks-<br>Those free boxes from the Post Office are wonderful- I use them for lots of things (as well as shipping for my etsy and ebay shops)<br>The shoebox size makes great files for rolls or rolled up paper- ie. wrapping paper, art paper etc.<br><br>I've also used the medium size when moving- packing books which have gotten too heavy for me to carry in large boxes anymore.<br>Then, just collapse them down and use for shipping again.<br><br>gotta love free.<br>;-)<br>Thanks again.
Great idea!&nbsp; I use a lot of the Priority Mail boxes to ship items, but sometimes I have leftovers (because I picked the wrong size).&nbsp; So for all the Negative Nellies...I'm technically recycling by making these magazine holders with boxes I can't use!!!!
lol! there are so many angry comments, but come on this was a REALLY easy idea I was surprised it was even posted. Doesn't anyone just walk around Ikea thinking, hey these Spurkla file holders are $8! I can make these at home from spare cardboard, I'm not spending money on this!<br /> <br /> <br />
If you use powdered detergent you could also use those boxes as they are really sturdy. Great idea as I am a magazine junkie!
Awesome idea
Anyone kows if USPS send that stuff to mexico ? The Design and Simplicity of This Make Them Very Nice
I do believe that USPS stands for United States Postal Service, so I doubt they will send boxes to Mexico.
Yay! I've been thinking about getting more magazine holders to organize my homeschooling materials but I'm on a tight budget. Thank you for this idea. It saves me money and its reduce before reuse before recycle. Ya saved that tree a step. :P To all you nay sayers, did you miss the "be nice" comment policy right under the comment box? Go away and but a shoe box on your head, but be careful... Nike might get mad at you for reusing the box...
doodz - FedEx will GIVE you boxes very much like this AND you don't have to worry (or argue) about federal regulations. I'm guessing that UPS might also supply you with lovely, brown boxes.
I know it is tempting to get free boxes from USPS, but it is against the law and immoral. I too thought this was a great idea and picked up two boxes for free, and then I came to my senses. Taking supplies that are not used the way they are intended is not only a crime, which is stated right on the box, it is wrong. USPS provides those boxes for people who are going to be utilizing their service, if everyone at home ordered some boxes to their doorstep and didn't use them, we'd all be charged higher prices to pay for them. Do you really want to be paying higher prices in shipping so that people across the country can do free projects to their hearts content? By the way, if you order boxes from USPS, they now have your information should they want to pursue charges.
And you posted this same thing twice? Fail.
a good alternative for the usps boxes could be a cereal box. <br/>And if there too flimsly you can always take another one and reinforce the sides or bottom, plus its recycling (<sup>-</sup>) woot! gatta luv recycling~<br/>
You can use cereal boxes to
Cereal boxes work for this as well, although I would recommend a little reinforcement if you try using them.
i went and got some boxes from post office today:)
Great idea! I just ordered some boxes to decoupage for the first time. Thank you!
What a great idea! I just ordered the boxes and will be trying this out.
Man that's nuts. This is so simple however very effective. I was recently at Kmart and they were charging 7 bucks for one box just like this and it was cardboard too. I literally screamed when I saw this because I was so appalled that they were ripping people off. I imediatley made a comment to my girlfriend about the price and said I'm sure I could make one of these for cheaper now I can for free. Thanks for the info you saved me a ton O money
Hmmm. I'm not sure if USPS will send it to Mexico. You'll have to create an account when you check out and perhaps then you can see if they will mail it there. You might be charged for shipping.
Awesome. I love how USPS and stuff gives you that free stuff, it's totally AWESOME. +1 rating. (added to favorites)

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