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OK, I'm going to get my game's boxes professionally produced / tightwrapped. But I will then apply my own stickers to each box.

Once I have the parts in the box and the whole thing ready-to-go, I thought it might be professional to have each game shrink-wrapped. (It would certainly help prevent parts from accidentally getting separated from the game.)

Are there solutions for this sort of thing that one could do in one's basement? Or what sort of business should I hunt for to find this sort of thing?
 
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Yup, you can do this yourself with a bit of practice. I've shrink wrapped a few things at home myself; not games though, but similar sized boxes.

You'll need:
--a big roll of shrink wrap (like these: http://www.shrinkpackagingwrap.com/toys-shrink-wrap-c-33.htm...) or individual shrink wrap bags/sleeves if you can find them in your size
--a nice, hot hair dryer
--(optional) a soldering iron

Follow any package directions on the shrink wrap, but it usually just consists of cutting a piece that fits your box with a few inches of excess and wrapping it around the box.

If you have a soldering iron, you can get a slightly neater effect by using it to seal two ends of the wrap closed. Then cut off the excess. If you don't have one, you can still do the shrink wrapping, but it might not look quite as clean.

Then it's usually just a matter of taking the hair dryer (on its hottest setting) and blowing it all over the shrink-wrapped box until it shrinks and fits tightly without any bubbles or wrinkles. Be careful not to touch the dryer to the wrap or you might burn it or tear it. But get as close as possible.

This would probably be a time-consuming process, at least 5-10 minutes per box, but maybe you could get some friends (and their hair dryers!) together and make a shrink wrapping party out of it!
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We used to do exactly what Nick describes at an electronics/computer store to re-wrap returns. (Store is since out of business, but trust me, a lot of stores re-wrap... I've gotten many re-wrapped items from online board game retailers.) The only difference is we used a hot-wire cutter that automatically cut and seals the end so a re-wrap only took a minute or two of hot air.
 
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This seems like a reasonable price for the sealer and heat gun you'll need http://www.aplasticbag.com/itemdesc.asp?product=Starter+Kit+...
 
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You could always use gobs of ugly tape like the thrift stores use! (DUCKS quickly)
 
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Travis's link is good- i've got the 12" economy package from Uline.com, it works very well also. figure out how big of a bar sealer you need (it seals and effectively cuts the shrinkwrap ends) and you'll generally save a little buying the heatgun/bar sealer/shrinkwrap roll as a bundle. using the pouches can bypass the need for a line sealer, but is also more expensive per item wrapped, so it depends on your intended quantity.
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Uline rocks!

You might also inquire at your local Hollywood Video/Movie Gallery if they are closing as the video stores use the shrink wrap heat guns.
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