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The double-wide, board game-specific USPS large flat rate shipping boxes are doubly awesome!

They fit the standard DOW/Asmodee/FFG/etc. large square boxes side-by-side like a glove!

Edit: removed "new" from the subject line, because as has been pointed out, these are new-to-me aka back in stock after a brief absence, and have actually been around for a while but are a lesser-known option, since they aren't regularly found at USPS counters.
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Re: [USPS] New double-wide board-game-specific shipping boxes!
These use the $18.85 ($17.35 to APO/FPO/DPO) price currently, correct?
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These use the $18.85 ($17.35 to APO/FPO/DPO) price currently, correct?


Correct!

If you use click-n-ship, you'll see that box size listed under the large flat rate price selector.
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The new double-wide, board game-specific USPS large flat rate shipping boxes are doubly awesome!

They fit the standard DOW/Asmodee/FFG/etc. large square boxes side-by-side like a glove!


Is this different in size from the previous, long board game box?

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Re: [USPS] New double-wide board-game-specific shipping boxes!
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pdclose wrote:
The new double-wide, board game-specific USPS large flat rate shipping boxes are doubly awesome!

They fit the standard DOW/Asmodee/FFG/etc. large square boxes side-by-side like a glove!


Is this different in size from the previous, long board game box?



Nope, these have been around for several years.
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Nope, these have been around for several years.


They must've been out of stock for a while. I've been trying to get similar since last fall, but the first I've been able to order them is this March. I'm certainly pleased to see them "back"!
 
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Re: [USPS] New double-wide board-game-specific shipping boxes!
As I recall, these aren't big enough to include padding, so you're taking a chance if you ship with them.
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As I recall, these aren't big enough to include padding, so you're taking a chance if you ship with them.


I have two DOW squares packed inside with a thin layer of bubble wrap around each. It fits the same as one with bubblewrap inside the medium flat rate box. If you're used to using more cushioning, then you're correct.

Still, I've shipped with bigger (shipping) boxes that have gotten destroyed, so shipping is its own risk all by itself.
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Re: [USPS] New double-wide board-game-specific shipping boxes!
BentlyCash wrote:
darthhugo wrote:
pdclose wrote:
The new double-wide, board game-specific USPS large flat rate shipping boxes are doubly awesome!

They fit the standard DOW/Asmodee/FFG/etc. large square boxes side-by-side like a glove!


Is this different in size from the previous, long board game box?



Nope, these have been around for several years.


I looked at these when they first came out (2011?), but they were too small for anything but a traditional MB/Parker Bros long thin box - assuming you package them like I do with plenty of protection.

I could see them being useful for transactions where the recipient doesn't care about box condition and more about price.

Either way, thanks for the heads-up Diane.

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Re: [USPS] New double-wide board-game-specific shipping boxes!
Original thread, with how the box was created with the help of a BGG user:
Upcoming Priority Flat Rate Board Game Shipping Box
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Re: [USPS] New double-wide board-game-specific shipping boxes!
BentlyCash wrote:
darthhugo wrote:
pdclose wrote:
The new double-wide, board game-specific USPS large flat rate shipping boxes are doubly awesome!

They fit the standard DOW/Asmodee/FFG/etc. large square boxes side-by-side like a glove!
Is this different in size from the previous, long board game box?
Nope, these have been around for several years.

crap, I was hoping for new redesigned "board game" large flat rate box... the existing ones are almost worthless... biggest flaw is they are not thick enough and/or wide enough... definitely *long* though

and I've shipped lots of boxes the last few years and only twice I think did the large flat rate box work (there may have been a couple other times but it was much cheaper)
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Re: [USPS] New double-wide board-game-specific shipping boxes!
I keep some of these around in case they work out well for some eBay item or BGG trade, but I've used very few, and actually got a LOT more use out of the now discontinued Medium Flat Rate boxes that were rectangular and flat.

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... the existing ones are almost worthless... biggest flaw is they are not thick enough and/or wide enough...

My experience too, and why I've used very few of them; they seem like a good idea in theory, but I've found in practice that some other box almost always fits better, and is usually less expensive as well.

 
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Re: [USPS] New double-wide board-game-specific shipping boxes!
Great for sending larger rectangle shaped game boxes like Legendary Encounters! I've been using these for all my large shipping needs in Math Trades!
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Re: [USPS] New double-wide board-game-specific shipping boxes!
Now I can sell my copies of The Game of Life, Monopoly, and Clue without fear of damage!

Takers?
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klkitchens wrote:
Now I can sell my copies of The Game of Life, Monopoly, and Clue without fear of damage!

Takers?


At a reasonable 18 bucks for postage whistle
 
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klkitchens wrote:
Now I can sell my copies of The Game of Life, Monopoly, and Clue without fear of damage!

Takers?


If you dump them all in one box, I'll give you two hamburgers for the lot.

 
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darthhugo wrote:
klkitchens wrote:
Now I can sell my copies of The Game of Life, Monopoly, and Clue without fear of damage!

Takers?


If you dump them all in one box, I'll give you two hamburgers for the lot.



Plus shipping (and my arbitrary handling fee of $35) and it's a deal!
 
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Unfortunately, then you're at the mercy of USPS, meaning you basically have to spend an extra few dollars to insure so when they lose/destroy your stuff, they don't just shrug and say, "oh well, we tried, we'll get em next time!"
 
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pdclose wrote:
Joel_L wrote:
As I recall, these aren't big enough to include padding, so you're taking a chance if you ship with them.


I have two DOW squares packed inside with a thin layer of bubble wrap around each. It fits the same as one with bubblewrap inside the medium flat rate box. If you're used to using more cushioning, then you're correct.

Still, I've shipped with bigger (shipping) boxes that have gotten destroyed, so shipping is its own risk all by itself.


I used to use bubble wrap, but I've switched to using an extra layer of cardboard (or two extra layers, if I can fit it). Those flat-rate boxes don't leave much room, and I'm willing to bet that an extra layer of cardboard offers at least as much protection as the tiny thickness of bubble wrap that you can fit in there.

Neither method is going to do much to prevent crush damage anyway, and barring that, the most likely form of damage is usually going to be either something sharp scraping/gouging the flat rate box, or the box being dropped and denting a corner. Seems to me an extra layer of cardboard is going to offer better protection against sharp things than bubble wrap does. And as for corner damage, it's at least as good as thin bubble wrap. I think the best you can do to prevent corner damage is to make sure the game is centered within the flat rate box, by stuffing some extra padding material in either end of the flat rate box to keep the game from shifting to one side. That way, if the corner of the flat rate box gets damaged, there's nothing in there anyway but some air and some packing material.

Cardboard also has the advantage of always being readily available in seemingly unlimited quantity (at least in my house, thanks to all our online purchases and trips to Costco). I always have trouble keeping enough bubble wrap around, even when I take pains to scavenge as much as possible from the packages I receive. I find that those milk boxes from Costco work great for this purpose. They're only lightly glued together, so it's easy to take them apart without needing a box cutter, and you can tear and fold the cardboard easily with your hands.
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Regional Rate Priority boxes, especially the B size, which are each a little larger than their medium flat rate siblings, are handy and can save money when sent within a few states. Regional A rate boxes also come in handy, especially for smaller games/books, and are cheaper than medium flat rate even NY to CA.
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Gambiteer wrote:
I keep some of these around in case they work out well for some eBay item or BGG trade, but I've used very few, and actually got a LOT more use out of the now discontinued Medium Flat Rate boxes that were rectangular and flat.

These boxes are back on the USPS website now, and I've placed an order for a bundle, but it remains to be seen exactly which boxes will be delivered -- the last time I tried to order some, they sent me regular Priority boxes of similar size, and that was when they took them off the website and my postal clerks told me those boxes were discontinued.

I can follow up again if anyone is interested, and if they do send me Flat Rate boxes this time.

 
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Gambiteer wrote:
Gambiteer wrote:
I keep some of these around in case they work out well for some eBay item or BGG trade, but I've used very few, and actually got a LOT more use out of the now discontinued Medium Flat Rate boxes that were rectangular and flat.

These boxes are back on the USPS website now, and I've placed an order for a bundle, but it remains to be seen exactly which boxes will be delivered -- the last time I tried to order some, they sent me regular Priority boxes of similar size, and that was when they took them off the website and my postal clerks told me those boxes were discontinued.

I can follow up again if anyone is interested, and if they do send me Flat Rate boxes this time.


If you're referring to the 11-7/8" x 3-3/8" x 13-5/8" end-loader, I've gotten them recently at my post office. I agree this is a good size.
 
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TedMarshall wrote:
Gambiteer wrote:
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If you're referring to the 11-7/8" x 3-3/8" x 13-5/8" end-loader, I've gotten them recently at my post office. I agree this is a good size.

Yes, those are the ones!

 
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The flat rate large long boxed are crap. I've gotten a $50 insurance check to prove it. The cardboard is weak with no structural integrity and as others have said, there is little room for packing which won't help anyway when mishandled and folded in half by a heavy box tossed upon it if not level and supported. Also, the price is rarely economical. I dropped off most all of the ones I had at my local PO.

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