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Hi-

I'm trying to ship a 13x12x6 (Manila game, no more than 6 pounds I would think), package USPS from 11510 to 98144. The only option I'm getting is 2-day at $22.

There must be a cheaper way.
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Try fitting ut into a usps priority flat rate. Cheapest way I've foubd so far. Rate includes tracking.
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Not sure if it'll help or not, but I have usually found FedEx to be pretty reasonable for heavier items. If you can ship to a business address, FedEx Ground is cheaper than FedEx Home Delivery. Price also includes up to $100 insurance and tracking.

Best of luck though. Shipping prices are getting high no matter who you go with nowadays. Smh.
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Typically going coast to coast like that the USPS priority mail flat rate is the best option but yours won't fit into any. Looks like the $22 is your best option, I got the same on their website. You do save a little bit if you print your own label and tape it on. Not sure about UPS or Fedex I don't use them.
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Jorune wrote:
Hi-

I'm trying to ship a 13x12x6 (Manila game, no more than 6 pounds I would think), package USPS from 11510 to 98144. The only option I'm getting is 2-day at $22.

There must be a cheaper way.


Unfortunately, a game with those dimensions won't fit into a flat rate box, as a previous poster mentioned. If you can squeeze it into a Large Flat Rate Box (12x12x5 1/2), then it would be about $19. Otherwise, if you are committed to using the USPS, then you probably won't find anything less than $22. If you are open to another carrier, then Fedex Ground is probably the next best option, at about $16. If you have access to Fedex Smartpost, then that goes down to about $13.

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GreenLaborMike wrote:
Jorune wrote:
Hi-

I'm trying to ship a 13x12x6 (Manila game, no more than 6 pounds I would think), package USPS from 11510 to 98144. The only option I'm getting is 2-day at $22.

There must be a cheaper way.


Unfortunately, a game with those dimensions won't fit into a flat rate box, as a previous poster mentioned. If you can squeeze it into a Large Flat Rate Box (12x12x5 1/2), then it would be about $19. Otherwise, if you are committed to using the USPS, then you probably won't find anything less than $22. If you are open to another carrier, then Fedex Ground is probably the next best option, at about $16. If you have access to Fedex Smartpost, then that goes down to about $13.



I'd use Fed Ex at $16. I can use my own box or a Fed Ex box? How would I get access to FedEx Smartpost?
 
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I'd pay $3 extra to avoid fedex smartpost
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Jorune wrote:
GreenLaborMike wrote:
Jorune wrote:
Hi-

I'm trying to ship a 13x12x6 (Manila game, no more than 6 pounds I would think), package USPS from 11510 to 98144. The only option I'm getting is 2-day at $22.

There must be a cheaper way.


Unfortunately, a game with those dimensions won't fit into a flat rate box, as a previous poster mentioned. If you can squeeze it into a Large Flat Rate Box (12x12x5 1/2), then it would be about $19. Otherwise, if you are committed to using the USPS, then you probably won't find anything less than $22. If you are open to another carrier, then Fedex Ground is probably the next best option, at about $16. If you have access to Fedex Smartpost, then that goes down to about $13.



I'd use Fed Ex at $16. I can use my own box or a Fed Ex box? How would I get access to FedEx Smartpost?


You can use your own box. Fedex Smartpost requires that you have a business account with them. You can also access it through eBay, I believe.

As the other commenter indicates, many people don't like SmartPost for numerous reason, not the least of which is how slow it can go to deliver a game.
 
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I have sold and shipped several copies of Manila wrapped once in bubble wrap and they have all fit snugly in a medium flat rate box. You may prefer that your box have a little more space for additional padding but I have not received any feedback about the game arriving damaged.

If you go the flat rate route with postage printed via Paypal it is about $12.
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yatsuatari wrote:
I have sold and shipped several copies of Manila wrapped once in bubble wrap and they have all fit snugly in a medium flat rate box. You may prefer that your box have a little more space for additional padding but I have not received any feedback about the game arriving damaged.

If you go the flat rate route with postage printed via Paypal it is about $12.


This. How does a Manila game have a height of 6 inches?! Did it get republished with a massive box or something? I have a copy of the game and it's the standard Ticket to Ride size box that fits just fine inside a medium flat rate box.
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Ship Gooder (https://shipgooder.com) takes your shipment information and compares options.

Generally anything over 5lbs is going to ship cheapest via fedex or UPS, but they are not as convenient as USPS.

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overtheboard wrote:
Ship Gooder (https://shipgooder.com) takes your shipment information and compares options.

Generally anything over 5lbs is going to ship cheapest via fedex or UPS, but they are not as convenient as USPS.



Not if you ship regularly and use a site like Endicia. Max cost for me to ship most games across the country within the lower 48 is $11. A package has to get into the 10 pound range before UPS or FedEx start looking better on some shipments.
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yatsuatari wrote:
I have sold and shipped several copies of Manila wrapped once in bubble wrap and they have all fit snugly in a medium flat rate box. You may prefer that your box have a little more space for additional padding but I have not received any feedback about the game arriving damaged.

If you go the flat rate route with postage printed via Paypal it is about $12.



Oh, great! I found it. It's called Medium Flate Rate box-2, with 2 being the important one. The box dimensions are different than the standard one and should fit the game with some bubblewrap. Thanks!

Jorune
 
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A) I use USPS for most of my shipping
B) Board games are printed material, therefor they qualify as media mail.
I know people have argued this point with me over the years, but I have
now shipped hundreds of packages over the last 15 years and I have NEVER
had a postal worker question me on the contents of my package, or say
that board games dont count as media. NEVER. Two games in Ticket To Ride
size boxes usually costs me about $6-$8. The only downside to using
media mail is that you have to use your own boxes and, unless they have
changed it recently,you cant use prepaid or "pay from home" options. You
have to stop by the post office and wait in line for this service.

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