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Cheapest way to ship video games?

beepboopbop 947 230 March 8, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Was wondering what the cheapest way to ship a video game would be. I'm thinking of shipping using USPS via priority mail. Was wondering if I could use First Class Mail Package shipping method (also via USPS), but wasn't really sure if I would be allowed to do so considering it's a video game and on USPS website it says you're only allowed to ship such items as handwritten/type written material, and bills and statements of account. But then it says that you can use First Class Package mail for advertisements and light weight merchandise. Wouldn't a video game be considered as light weight merchandise?



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Yes you should be using First Class to ship most video games. First class is up to 13 ounces which will usually cover 1 or sometimes 2 standard games.
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I think you can ship video games via Media Mail as well, however it's pretty slow and not a whole lot cheaper than First Class.
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You can ship a video game via first class in a bubble envelope package for about 1.80-2.50 depending on how far its going in the usa.

Media mail in the same package would be about 50cents cheaper buy take about 5-7days longer then first class.
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Video games are not supposed to be shipped using media mail. It is against USPS's policies.
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I ship games and DVD all the time for Goozex trading.

For a single game USPS First Class is definitely the way to go. $2-3 plus the cost of an envelope. If you'll be doing a lot of it, then buy the padded envelopes from eBay. I know that's a funny directive but it's the best place to stock up on them.

Priority is only really a good option when shipping multiple games or heavy/oversized items like box sets or special editions. If you use the automated post machine in the post office it'll give you both prices for both options so you can pick the better buy.
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