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I have three Dell rackmount servers (2 2U, 1 4U) that I need to ship from Las Vegas to New York. Old shipping boxes that came with the servers were discarded sometime ago. Where can I buy some that fit nicely and can be shipped by UPS or Fedex? I've tried UPS, Fedex, and Uhaul already.

Thanks in advance.

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Oh the joys of being a cardboard engineer. –  Stefan Lasiewski Jun 3 '10 at 21:57
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Yes, packing is such a chore especially with these kind of equipment. I rather enjoy unpacking though. –  prs563 Jun 5 '10 at 10:21

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Try Uline. They have a full range of shipping supplies including many specialty items for keyboards, laptops, etc. Their target audience is companies who ship things on a regular basis. So, you may get stuck with a minimum quantity and have to buy more than you need.

And they have more boxes than you can imagine. This URL should get you started:

PS: Sorry that many of the above URL's aren't hyperlinks. New users can only have one link per post.

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Sounds just like what I was looking for. Thanks Tom! –  prs563 Jun 5 '10 at 10:22
    
Picked out this box here: uline.com/Product/Detail/S-4683/Corrugated-Boxes-Heavy-Duty/… –  prs563 Jun 5 '10 at 10:37

I don't have a direct answer but when faced with a similar situation I simply used a whole lot of bubble-wrap and shoved it into a large very sturdy box that I obtained from a local moving company.

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I do this when I am shipping servers also. Head to the back of your local department store and ask nicely for some decently sized boxes and you should be off and racing! –  Quincey Adams Jun 4 '10 at 2:36
    
+1, bubble wrap and a refrigerator box from UHaul. Also, strongly consider having someone from the company drive them to the destination. –  Chris S Jun 4 '10 at 3:10
    
Don't have time to go out and ask the department store folk for boxes. Good idea though. Bubble-wrap... hmmmm... –  prs563 Jun 5 '10 at 10:25

As @John Gardiniers says, lots of wrap and a sturdy box is great. Several shipping agencies in our area use a foam in place system and it works well and fully protects the hardware. Not available everywhere but link might help find a local location FoamInPlace

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Call Dell Business or your Dell rep, I'm sure they can throw a few empty boxes your way.

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Reach out to Austin Foam Plastics, Inc. they provide the shipping boxes to dell and will sell direct.

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