Originally Posted by brazensol
Curious as to the difference between fresh drywall and box store drywall.
They way that I understand it from the research back when I did my last build, the box store drywall is generally sitting a lot longer at some distributor warehouse, then sent to a big box staging warehouse, then at some point shipped to your local store. This makes the drywall much more brittle.
Fresh drywall usually found at a place that specializes in drywall usually sits in their own storage only and comes direct from the manufacturer, eliminating at least one extra stay in at least one warehouse. This drywall is also treated as "first in, first out" meaning that the drywall never sits very long. Throw in that construction companies crank through this drywall fast, means that it isn't nearly as brittle as the dried out big box stuff.
Now, when the drywall is hung, that isn't a big deal, but the fresh drywall cuts easier and cleaner, doesn't chip chunks when you cut around electrical boxes, etc.
That is only part of the picture. The other part is that the big box stores generally get a lower grade drywall that has a lot more air pockets and bubbles. This makes for an inconsistent wall "structure" as well.
So are these things super important? Not extremely. There are other things in a person's room that will be much more important than this, but when you can get that drywall for less money, delivered right into your house, for less than making several trips to a big box store and hauling it yourself, it is already a no brainer. Throw in that the fresh drywall from the supplier is a better quality and not "old" is just a bonus.
Of course, each drywall supply store will have some sort of minimal amount of drywall that you have to buy in order to get it delivered, and of course the more you buy, the better the price.
I was fishing my basement with over 1500sqft of floor space and a number of rooms, plus did double drywall in the theater room, so I got a really good price, but even at lower quantity, I would have still gotten a better price and free delivery inside my house.