A pretty interesting item has appeared on the USPS website. New Flat Rate board game boxes, ideal for shipping board games, are now available for free. The box measures 24-1/16″ x 11-7/8″ x 3-1/8″, and can fit two 12″x12″ board games perfectly. Flat Rate domestic price to ship is $16.85, and the boxes even have a spiffy little image containing a chess queen, chess king, and some dice.
I just put an order in for 10 of these. They’ll be perfect come the holidays.
Nice! I ordered 5! + a few other formats. Perfect!
If the one dimension is 11 7/8″, how does the box fit two 12″ x 12″ games perfectly? And 1/16″ left for packing material? That doesn’t seem like it’ll help.
$16.85? I don’t think I’ve ever paid that much to ship a game. If your games are too big for a medium flat rate box, order some of the Regional Rate B boxes. (And if they are smaller get the Regional Rate A boxes.) You have to order them from their website but the boxes are free and the rates are pretty good (better for shorter distances).
Seems like a great idea, but the shipping cost is more than the cost of some games. Might be better to have the game shipped for free from Amazon. They will even gift wrap it for you.
If you are shipping a game from personal inventory, USPS may be the best option.
If you read the fine print, the USPS says their Flat Rate box rates are priced for convenience, rather than value. In other words, expect to pay more. I occasionally use the Medium Flat Rate box to ship my games, but more often than not it’s cheaper to mail in their standard Mailing Box. I find the flat rate is cheaper when the weight exceeds 3 pounds, and the package is being delivered across multiple zones.
I think this is a brilliant new addition added to USPS’s shipping selection, mind you I think it’s been introduced at a very appropriate time where the social needs of people has aroused an overwhelming return to boardgaming accross the board, especially among the young adult crowd I’ve personally noted