Yes, you can re-use Amazon Prime boxes to ship via USPS. When packaging, though, and choosing a box in which to ship, USPS says “If you’re reusing a box, make sure all old logos, shipping labels, and addresses are covered or blacked out.” Thus, if you do choose to re-use an Amazon Prime box to ship elsewhere, be sure to follow these guidelines to ensure the best chances of your package arriving where and when intended.
While we are here, USPS says to also use a “sturdy box” when shipping, and I’d say that an Amazon Prime box fits that description. In addition, the box should tape so that it closes flat on all four sides, which again, most Amazon Prime boxes will.
Why is This Important to Know?
While the card hobby can be an expensive one, there are certainly ways to save a few bucks here and there by being resourceful. Most of this will be left for another blog posts, but examples include reusing toploaders, and of course, ordering priority flat rate boxes directly from USPS, and of course “recycling” and reusing boxes as is the case here.
Especially if you’re someone who utilizes Amazon for the convenience as much as I do, you can have a stack of boxes in different sizes at any one time, and shouldn’t ever really have the need to go out and buy a shipping box again.
How Else Can You Save on Shipping?
As mentioned above, did you know you can pick up or order flat rate boxes and envelopes for free from USPS?
As you can see, those are $0.00 prices. Just go here to order or walk into your nearest post office and ask where you can find them.