Internet retailers offer the best deals in buying packing peanuts in bulk. Unlike office-supply stores in most cities, Internet retailers carry very large quantities of packing peanuts, and since the packages are so light to ship, you can nearly always get free shipping on the products.
SendSupplies.com offers 60 gallons of packing peanuts for about $30, plus the company will include free expedited shipping. It also offers huge quantities, like 370 gallons of packing peanuts for less than $200, as well as small orders like two bags, each filled with 3 cubic feet of packing peanuts, for about $20. Free shipping is offered with all of its products, so you pay only the purchase price, no additional costs.
Zoocrackers offers a variety of shipping products, including packing peanuts, bubble wrap, packing tape, shipping bags and shipping envelopes. It offers a variety of packing- peanuts quantities, and on most options includes free shipping.
ReStockIt.com also offers an array of shipping products, including packing peanuts, and packing-peanut loose-fill dispensers. ReStockIt charges per cubic foot for packing peanuts, ranging in price from about $20 for a 7-cubic-foot box, to about $25 for a 14-cubic-foot box. While packing peanuts are not eligible for free shipping through this website, loose-fill dispensers are shipped free. These are handy for keeping loose packing peanuts under control, as they distribute only as much as you need at any given time.
Price-compare websites are also an option. Websites like Buy.com and Amazon.com offer a variety of products at competitive prices. Online auction websites like eBay.com and eCrater.com also offer packing peanuts at huge discounts from retail prices, and many times they offer free shipping as well.