The Free Shipping/Hold Policies of Popular Boardgame Retailers
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This information has been disseminated in various geeklists and forums previously, but I thought it would be helpful to post all of the free shipping policies of various online board game retailers in one place, as the question keeps coming up time and time again.

Except for CSI, these details are based on my own experience. If I've missed something, feel free to chime in.

Keep in mind that these policies almost certainly result in more hassle and less profit for the retailers that offer them. I would encourage you to be polite and patient in all your dealings with these retailers so that we can continue to enjoy these generous policies.
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Cardhaus Games

These are instructions are based on a consensus of experience. YMMV.

Free Shipping Minimum: $125
Multiple Order Requirements: requires purchase of pre-order game.
Daily Deal Limits: none
Instructions: Initiate an order that includes at least one pre-order game. Pay for the order, including shipping. To add additional items, email Kasey at sales@cardhaus.com and let him know what items you wish to add. He will reply with a total. If the additional games bring your total above $125, he will deduct the previously paid shipping from your total. Submit your payment to sales@cardhaus.com (Icarus Magic)via Paypal.

Be advised:
1. Web site orders take precedence over email orders. If the item sells out online before Kasey gets to your email, you're out of luck.
2. Your order will ship without warning as soon as the pre-order item becomes available. If you haven't achieved the $125 minimum, your shipping cost will not be refunded.
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Cool Stuff, Inc.

Free Shipping Minimum:
$100
Multiple Order Requirements:none
Daily Deal Limits: one Daily Deal Item per order. No limit on other sale items.
Instructions:
-Create an order
-Proceed to Checkout
-Login
-Click Show Pickup Options and select "Store Pickup Maitland".
-Complete one of the Billing Options
-Process Order

Repeat the process for subsequent orders. When you have exceeded the minimum free shipping amount, contact Info@CoolStuffInc.com to have your items shipped.
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Miniature Market

Free Shipping Minimum: $99
Multiple Order Requirements: Your initial order must included a pre-order item.02/23/16 Orders can now be held without a pre-order!
Daily Deal Limits: none
Instructions:
Select customer hold as your shipping method during check out and we will have your order held until you are ready for it to ship.

To add additional items, place your new order(s) and select the customer hold shipping method during checkout. New order(s) will be held so they can be linked when you are ready to have your order(s) shipped.

Once you are ready to have your order(s) shipped, email (support@miniaturemarket.com) or call (877-326-4429) MM support team and request the shipment. The order(s) will NOT ship until Miniature Market Support has been contacted.

•Customer hold feature is currently only available within the continental 48 states.
•Payment is required in full at time of purchase for all orders. Unpaid orders will be subject to cancellation and will not be held under the Customer Hold feature.
•If Customer Hold is selected as the shipping method, the order will NOT ship until you contact Miniature Market.
•If your order(s) total over $99 at the time of shipment, they will ship via our Free Shipping option. Orders totaling under $99 will require a $5.95 Flat Rate shipping fee.
•Once you have requested your order(s) ship, it can take one to two business days to process and ship your order.
•Cancellation of orders over 60 days old may be subject to our 15% restocking fee.
•To ensure inventory integrity all individual orders must ship in one shipment. For this reason existing orders cannot be split into multiple orders or shipments.
•Any abuse of the Customer Hold system could result in the cancellation of your order(s) or the discontinued privilege of using this feature.
•Our Customer Hold feature is subject to change or discontinuation at any time.
•6/12/18 Due to warehouse space limitations, Miniature Market has requested that held orders do not exceed 180 days (please see open letter in comments).
•6/12/18 Cancelling held items repeatedly may impact your ability to hold orders in the future as well as other consequences (please see open letter in comments).
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Canadian retailer BoardGameBliss.com offers free shipping with a minimum Canadian order of $150 and a minimum US order of $200. They offer a unique HOLD system that can help you reach these minimum thresholds over time.

From the BoardGameBliss.com FAQ: To hold an order, add this product to the shopping cart as well. With this item in the shopping cart, the system will not charge you for shipping, and we will not ship your order until later you create a new order without this item. Once we see the last order with the shipping charge, we will send you all pending orders if there are no pre-order items. Note that orders cannot be held for more than 3 months.
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I just learnt that Game Surplus has a coupon code HOLD feature . Specifically, enter the the coupon code Hold2017 to indicate that you want your order held until the free shipping minimum (continental USA only for orders with a minimum, pre-tax total of $120) is reached. Thanks Carmen!
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GameNerdz.com
Shipping was already cheap at $5, but a new customer hold sweetens the deal.

Free Shipping Minimum: $75
Daily Deal Limits: none
Instructions: Email patrick@gamenerdz.com and request access to the customer hold feature. If it's active, you will see a Customer Hold (0.00) option during checkout. Once you're ready to ship, contact Patrick at support@gamenerdz.com.

Edit: thanks to Mandy for the clarification: "you still have to email patrick@gamenerdz.com to request your account to be enabled for this. At least when I was added that's how it was. They didn't want anyone having access that didn't know how to use it."
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Legendesque

Free Shipping Minimum: $100
Daily Deal Limits: none
Instructions: add HOLDUNTIL100 as a coupon code during checkout. Held items will be shipped when total exceeds $100.

From Elliot at Legendesque:
I have decided to change my free shipping policy to require $100 in purchases – I had been hoping that as shipments increased that I'd be able to get better shipping volume discounts to make a $50 minimum profitable but shipping is just too expensive. With the new change customers have the ability to do customer holds until their order reaches $100. I am putting instructions on the Cart and Checkout page on how to do the holds. You will basically enter a coupon code (HOLDUNTIL100) that doesn't charge shipping and instructs me to hold the order until the $100 threshold is reached. Basically a hold entails purchasing multiple times until your total purchased amount reaches at least $100. Also for orders below $100 that you want shipped immediately, it will be a flat $6. Until further notice, orders above will be shipped out using Fedex Home Delivery or USPS Priority and orders using flat rate $6 shipping will go out with the cheapest shipping option which may be Fedex Smartpost.
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