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How to Ship Board Games

By |2018-01-10T13:34:37+00:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: amazon, guides, Reviews, shipping|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

How to Ship Board Games is part two to the article Best Places to Sell Your Board Games

Shipping board games is a pretty straight-forward process that a lot of people get wrong. I ship board games fairly often online and handle the shipping myself. These are the tips I’ve learned from personal experience.

Packing The Game

Choosing a Carrier

Most of the time, USPS will be the most cost effective. The only time it may not be, is if you are dealing with an unusually heavy or large box. If you find yourself in that situation, definitely consider FedEx or UPS as an option. For the purpose of this article, we will assume you are using USPS.

The Right Box to Ship Board Games

Since shipping costs are based on package size and weight, you will want to securely pack the game first. This is the step most people cut corners on, but it is the one of the most important parts of the process.

With USPS, your options will be to use a Flat Rate Box or Padded Envelope, or your own packaging. Flat Rate can be lucrative because it is a set rate no matter where your package is shipped to with the USA. For example, a Medium Flat Rate Box will run you $12.40 no matter if it has a 10oz board game inside or a 10lb board game. There are various sizes for Flat Rate, each at different set price points. The actual box is also free, you only pay for shipping. However, even with all of it’s benefits, Flat Rate boxes may not allow enough room to properly protect the game inside, and may even end up costing you more money.

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Amazon Buyer Safety Tips

By |2017-10-03T17:09:05+00:00April 26th, 2017|Categories: amazon, guides, shipping|

You would think ordering your game off Amazon.com would be pretty straightforward. Click the link, like the price, and purchase. Right? While it should be this easy, there are a few things you want to check for.

DEALS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
“Oh sweet! Settlers of Catan brand new for $10? That’s a steal!” Well, it literally may be. Scammers selling non-existent product have recently plagued Amazon. Often they will be on popular game titles and being sold from 3rd parties (not fulfilled by Amazon or directly from Amazon). They will also usually have an extra long date to ship the product. In this case, the scammer hopes that you forget about your order. Lets be honest, it would be easy to forget $10 that you spent a month ago. If you do realize that you never received your game, you can contact Amazon for a refund and all is back to normal in your world. The issue is – outside of your suspended $10 and wait time for a product that will never come – this adds costs to Amazon’s customer service. These are then passed onto the buyers through increased prices.

FAKE GAMES
You’ve been warned that buying certain products off eBay might mean getting something that’s a knock-off of a popular brand. Would you ever think this could also apply to board games? This issue is a little harder to catch as some of the replicas are extremely close to the original. They are manufactured overseas, but that doesn’t mean that a product that is FBA can’t be a knockoff. Your best best in this scenario is to examine the game components when you receive them and make sure they match up with images and reviews you have seen online. Often there will be misprints or plastic pieces […]