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Jack Reilly
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Recently traded with someone and they shipped a fairly large game media mail. After looking this up myself, I'm still confused how Media Mail actually works. Can someone enlighten me?
 
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they were wrong to send it as media mail. It does not apply to games. hang on I've linked the page saying so before, I'll try to find it. The intent for media mail is to help educational resources be shipped.

not the one I was hoping for but:
https://www.stamps.com/whitepapers/media-mail-rate-guide.pdf

yes its illegal; yes you will probably always get away with it even some post office workers will say its ok
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From the USPS website:

What is Media Mail?
Media Mail is a cost-effective way to send media materials through the U.S. Postal Service. You can send books, videotapes, DVDs, CDs, printed music and other sound recordings through Media Mail as long as they weigh less than 70 pounds. Although you won’t pay as much to send these items via Media Mail, they can take longer to get to their destination. USPS estimates that your item will arrive in 2 to 10 days.

The savings with Media Mail can add up. If you're a Stamps.com customer sending a 1-pound package, it will cost $6.35 and up with Priority Mail (using the Stamps.com discount) and only $2.66 with Media Mail. Using Media Mail in this situation will save you around 53 percent in postage costs.

The drawback of Media Mail is that USPS has a right to open and inspect your package to check for abuse of the system. Therefore, you shouldn’t mail advertisements (except for a book announcement with a book) or other non-media material through Media Mail because you will risk having your package sent back to you for insufficient postage. Even including a birthday card in the package can cause your parcel to be sent back because the card isn't an approved form of media by the U.S. Postal Service.


Bottom line is, he shipped it illegally.
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Yeah, that was my concern; I considered using it myself, but it seemed like didn't apply to boardgames, so I wanted to double check.
 
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I have received media mail packages with games, and the PO opened the package and sent me a note that it was postage-due. You (or really the sender) was just lucky.
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lj1983 wrote:
I have received media mail packages with games, and the PO opened the package and sent me a note that it was postage-due. You (or really the sender) was just lucky.


Oh, I'd be super pissed about that.
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Jreilly89 wrote:
Recently traded with someone and they shipped a fairly large game media mail. After looking this up myself, I'm still confused how Media Mail actually works. Can someone enlighten me?

more info over at

Using USPS media mail to ship games?
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Jreilly89 wrote:
lj1983 wrote:
I have received media mail packages with games, and the PO opened the package and sent me a note that it was postage-due. You (or really the sender) was just lucky.


Oh, I'd be super pissed about that.


oh yeah I was... luckily the sender paypal'd me the money to pay for it, saying they were misinformed about media mail.
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I think however you can mail rpg books media mail as they are in fact books
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hippiephysicschick wrote:
I think however you can mail rpg books media mail as they are in fact books


For sure - I’ve done it lots of times. No issues.
 
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