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Jesse Acosta
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Hi,
I am about to ship a game to someone(heroscape), and Im not sure how I should go about it. Should I just wrap it in mailing paper and go like that, or should I get a bigger box to put it in? Any suggestions?
 
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Box it. It will get trashed otherwise.
 
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Nomadik wrote:
Hi,
I am about to ship a game to someone(heroscape), and Im not sure how I should go about it. Should I just wrap it in mailing paper and go like that, or should I get a bigger box to put it in? Any suggestions?


If you care at all how the box itself arrives, and maybe the contents as well, you should consider putting it in a larger box. One of the biggest risks is that the package will be squished or punctured. In either of these cases, just having a game box wrapped in mailing paper will not protect it from damage. Game boxes aren't usally made to withstand the torture of shipping to begin with.
 
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Put it in another box and be sure to include some sort of padding material so it
doesn't get banged up and spill all the little pieces all over the interior of the box.
 
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Definitely put it in a bigger box, and keep the game immobilized with some sort of packing material. If you use old newspaper as the packing material, wrap the game in clean paper or pastic so the game box doesn't get smudged.
 
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While I have received games from Germany that were wrapped just in Kraft paper and received just fine, I have never gone this route when shipping games (either sold or trade) myself.

For me the simple question to be answered - how would I respond if the game were damaged in transit. Most of my sales/trades are games that might be difficult to replaced if damaged.

Therefore, I always wrap my games in bubble wrap first. (This has saved a few games that were left on the porch in the pouring rain where the box was soaked.) Then I find a box that provides about 1 inch space all around. I fill this space with foam peanuts or other lightweight material. I tend NOT to use paper as it can add quite some weight when enough of it is used.

Where do I get peanuts and boxes? I generally save a few boxes that are shipped to me to keep a supply at home. From this supply, I can usually find a nice box, some nice packaging and ship out the box.
 
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Pack every thing you mail as if you know it's going to be thrown from a truck into a bin, and then other boxes of unknown weight are going to be thrown on top of it. Several times. And possibly in the rain.
 
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Amen to that. Pretend that ninja monkey arrrhrobot 's are handling the package.
 
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If the game components are loose and likely to shift, it's a good idea to use small pieces of bubble wrap, scrap newspaper strips, a handful of foam peanuts or whatever to prevent this kind of movement.

I second the suggestion of: bubble wrap around the game, a box with an inch or so of clearance around the game, fill that inch solidly with peanuts or whatever, try to pack it so that the game is just immobilized but not squished.

If you'll be doing more shipping, be creative and always keep an eye out for packing materials. Save the materials from everything you order. Ask friends and family to save packing material from stuff they order. Ask for the leftover strips of quilt batting if you know people who do that sort of work. Save the solid foam pieces from boxes that held electronics--those sometimes fit perfectly in a box (on edge to protect sides of boxes or flat to protect the tops).
 
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mistermarino wrote:
If the game components are loose and likely to shift, it's a good idea to use small pieces of bubble wrap, scrap newspaper strips, a handful of foam peanuts or whatever to prevent this kind of movement.


To add to this - I sent a new (but not in shrink) copy of Diplomacy to the guy and he said on arrival, the game board was worn and did not appear new at all. Though he wasn't upset, he wanted me to know.

The game pieces moving around is a pretty big deal - fill the inner box with something to prevent the movement and bag similar density pieces (paper with paper, metal with metal) to keep the banging together from tearing stuff up.
 
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Best way to ship a game? To me of course! pwhat:
 
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Any suggestions where to get a box that can handle the width of Heroscape?
 
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First, put bubble wrap in the game box so the compnents won't move around. Then wrap the game box with bubble wrap. Put this into another box for mailing. Pack with peanuts or crushed newspaper so the game box is secure and won't move around.
 
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