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I'm beginning to look into trading and had no problem shipping out my Carcassonne, it was easy finding a box to fit it.

But what about bigger games like Axis and Allies? Most of the shipping boxes you can buy from the store aren't rectangle shaped (which would be ideal) but instead they are about the same in length/width/height.

So where do you find your "bigger" boxes to ship your bigger games is my question...

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If you have the nerve to ask a manager, grocery stores have boxes of all shapes and sizes. I've managed to get a few that way.
 
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If you know anyone who works at a university with research facilities, the number of shipping boxes that get thrown away each day is criminal. I'm sure many other businesses have the same situation.
 
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Wal-Mart often has carts full of empty boxes sitting out. The meat department is good hunting grounds.

Ask friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc., to save larger boxes (and packing material, too) for you. Most will gladly do it.

Make an appropriately sized box by cutting down one that's too large or combining two smaller ones.
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mistermarino wrote:
Wal-Mart often has carts full of empty boxes sitting out.


Just make sure the store doesn't mind you taking them. The boxes I see in my Wal-Mart aisles are stamped that they are to be re-used within the company.
 
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I use carpet knives and use all sorts of boxes, and alter them to fit. But I have to take pains when I do to make double walls and do extra taping to make sure that my creative endeavor isn't a risk to the game.

But as long as I am careful to use bubble wrap, reinforce stress points and maybe even put smaller rigid boxes inside the same box as a larger game like A & A to make sure that crushing doesn't happen, it usually isn't a big deal.

But I ALWAYS ship big games by FedEx, and if you have an account, you can save 8% every time you ship (it's available to anyone with a credit card). And always get a business address to ship to if one is available.

Then you'll avoid the home delivery upcharge.

It will save you $5-15 over USPS. Seriously.
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msbtch2u wrote:
mistermarino wrote:
Wal-Mart often has carts full of empty boxes sitting out.


Just make sure the store doesn't mind you taking them. The boxes I see in my Wal-Mart aisles are stamped that they are to be re-used within the company.


Yeah, I always ask. But they've never said no.

Target, on the other hand. The employees act like I just asked for plutonium.
 
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If you end up buying a box I've found Office Depot has the best selection of boxes for reasonable prices. I think the most I've ever paid was $3 and that was for a large box to ship Fortress America and a Copy of the new Warrior Knights. The nice thing is that my trading partner for that deal re-used the box when he sent me 2 copies of Siege of the Citadel.

-Will
 
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Big Lots, TJ Maxx, Rite-Aid and other similar stores will give you boxes if you ask.

Just make sure to use good packing materials to fill the empty spaces around the game! I've had a few games arrive with crushed packaging because of this -- luckily the games survived.
 
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