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I am recently unemployed and am going to have to finally sell off some of my games that I've been threatening to sell off for a while.

I'm sure this has been brought up before, but does anyone have any suggestions for where to find boxes to ship some games? I know about the free boxes from the post office and those work on the more "squarish" games. But what about longer more traditional boxes?

Thanks in advance!
 
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Freecycle or the free section of craigslist both have posts of "free moving boxes" regularly, at least where I am. A little work with a box cutter and some tape, and you can easily (and securely) ship even the oddest shaped box.
 
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watcher_b wrote:
I am recently unemployed and am going to have to finally sell off some of my games that I've been threatening to sell off for a while.

I'm sure this has been brought up before, but does anyone have any suggestions for where to find boxes to ship some games? I know about the free boxes from the post office and those work on the more "squarish" games. But what about longer more traditional boxes?

Thanks in advance!


Two words my friend, liquor stores. Ask them in advance and they will be happy to set aside boxes for you, or at least the ones in my area do.

On a personal note, I am sorry to hear you are unemployed. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you buddy. To be sure, if you put up an auction for your games on here, I will probably buy some from you.
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Big box retail dumpsters used to be the way to go, but most of those stores crush and bundle their cardboard. I'd suggest going to a smaller privately owned business. You could find out what days they get shipments in and ask someone if they could set a few boxes aside for you. Heck, you can also ask if they're hiring while you're there.
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Check with a local UPS store? The one near me has many different sizes.

How about checking with a local grocery or home improvement store? They might be willing to hold onto a few for you.
 
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The United States Postal Service gives free boxes when you ship with them.. go to their website... www.usps.com
and you can order boxes from them to send to you at no charge.
Look in the priority mail section.
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Call the local big-box store and tell them you're looking for shipping boxes. They might tell you when you can come in to get some boxes before they dispose of them (probably very early in the morning). Check Toys R Us if you have one nearby.

Good luck!
 
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During my dry spell I troll Office/industrial park. I found all sorts of bits and boxes.
 
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Chemistry/Biology Departments at my university in US (Caltech) and probably every larger university order tons of chemical/biological stuff in boxes of every size. They never care about the boxes though - I frequently took the boxes from them and they were happy to get rid of them. There was also a recycling center in the campus which had always tons of clean boxes that needed just some taping.
 
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all of my local grocery stores give away every size box i can imagine. you might check there.
 
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Your FLGS will have a lot of empties on Wednesday night/Thursday morning.
 
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I sometimes tape together priority mail boxes to get games like Heroscape starter sets to ship in. Just make sure you don't use the flat rate boxes.
 
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davidchujr wrote:
I sometimes tape together priority mail boxes to get games like Heroscape starter sets to ship in. Just make sure you don't use the flat rate boxes.


Err, what priority mail boxes are there that AREN'T flat rate boxes?
 
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Howitzer_120mm wrote:
davidchujr wrote:
I sometimes tape together priority mail boxes to get games like Heroscape starter sets to ship in. Just make sure you don't use the flat rate boxes.


Err, what priority mail boxes are there that AREN'T flat rate boxes?


Plenty of 'em. Before there was Flat Rate, there were plain old Priority Mail boxes. They're pretty similar in size to the flat rate boxes, but are usually (if not always) slightly different.
 
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carl67lp wrote:
Howitzer_120mm wrote:
davidchujr wrote:
I sometimes tape together priority mail boxes to get games like Heroscape starter sets to ship in. Just make sure you don't use the flat rate boxes.


Err, what priority mail boxes are there that AREN'T flat rate boxes?


Plenty of 'em. Before there was Flat Rate, there were plain old Priority Mail boxes. They're pretty similar in size to the flat rate boxes, but are usually (if not always) slightly different.


Any idea where to get them?
 
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You can order the USPS Priority boxes from USPS.com for free. They will deliver to your house. Also any time you're are at the post office you can pick up the boxes for free as well.

I don't know about all the boxes, but I primarily use the flat rate boxes and those are stamped as such on the inside so that people cannot turn them inside out and use them to mail items parcel post.

I think that the USPS flat rate boxes combined with printing postage online make life very convenient as long as the games fit inside.
 
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Howitzer_120mm wrote:
carl67lp wrote:
Howitzer_120mm wrote:
davidchujr wrote:
I sometimes tape together priority mail boxes to get games like Heroscape starter sets to ship in. Just make sure you don't use the flat rate boxes.


Err, what priority mail boxes are there that AREN'T flat rate boxes?


Plenty of 'em. Before there was Flat Rate, there were plain old Priority Mail boxes. They're pretty similar in size to the flat rate boxes, but are usually (if not always) slightly different.


Any idea where to get them?


http://www.usps.com lets you order any pre-printed Priority Mail supplies for free, including tape!

Your local Post Office may have a more limited selection of Priority Mail supplies.
 
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BoardsAndBits wrote:

Tom, do you have any suggestions about which boxes from uline?

I have used the priority boxes from the post office before and turned them inside out to send using Fedex. But say a game like Risk: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition (one of the games I'm selling, wink wink) will not fit into one of those boxes.

Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm going to be keeping an eye out at my friend's pizza place that I'm helping out at for any appropriate boxes. I hadn't even thought of that (I'm not the sharpest in the world)
 
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watcher_b wrote:
BoardsAndBits wrote:

Tom, do you have any suggestions about which boxes from uline?

I have used the priority boxes from the post office before and turned them inside out to send using Fedex. But say a game like Risk: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition (one of the games I'm selling, wink wink) will not fit into one of those boxes.

Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm going to be keeping an eye out at my friend's pizza place that I'm helping out at for any appropriate boxes. I hadn't even thought of that (I'm not the sharpest in the world)

Anything from here:

http://www.uline.com/Grp_9/Corrugated-Boxes-(200-Test)

If you need sizes for specific games I can give you that, but it's best to give yourself at least 3/4" space around the entire game(s) for packing material.

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BoardsAndBits wrote:


One word of caution here. Make sure you understand the shipping charges, especially if you're having this delivered to a home address. If I have to order again I'll have the boxes shipped to the local Fed-Ex and then go down and pick them up.

I tried to minimize the shipping fees by ordering several boxes. A semi came to my door and dropped them off. I thought I paid all the shipping up front to U-Line, but then a month later I received a bill from Fed-Ex for a delivery fee for dropping them off at my house. It was another $50-$70 which was a totally unexpected surprise.
 
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BoardsAndBits wrote:


One word of caution here. Make sure you understand the shipping charges, especially if you're having this delivered to a home address. If I have to order again I'll have the boxes shipped to the local Fed-Ex and then go down and pick them up.

I tried to minimize the shipping fees by ordering several boxes. A semi came to my door and dropped them off. I thought I paid all the shipping up front to U-Line, but then a month later I received a bill from Fed-Ex for a delivery fee for dropping them off at my house. It was another $50-$70 which was a totally unexpected surprise.

During ULINE's checkout process you can get an estimate of shipping charges, and it asks if you are delivering to a residential location. So there really shouldn't be any surprises.

Tom
 
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Your FLGS will have a lot of empties on Wednesday night/Thursday morning.


And they are designed to fit games.
 
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joedogboy wrote:
ejcarter wrote:
Your FLGS will have a lot of empties on Wednesday night/Thursday morning.


And they are designed to fit games.

Most of these boxes will be cases for 5-6 copies of a game. They won't be very good for shipping a single game, and they will usually not allow room for packing material on all sides.

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