How to Send Games Through Media Mail

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How to Send Games Through Media Mail
Padded envelopes help protect your games during delivery. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Media Mail is one of the most affordable delivery options by the U.S. Postal Service, but qualified items are limited to books, magazines, audio and video recordings, computer readable media like CDs, DVDs and diskettes and video games. A single Media Mail package may not exceed 31.8 Kilogram in weight or 108 inches in any dimension. Unless you plan on using your own packaging, everything you need to send a video game via Media Mail is available at most U.S. Post Offices.

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Things you need

  • Padded envelopes
  • Small boxes
  • Scale
  • Stamps

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    Pack your game in an appropriately sized padded envelope or box. Most U.S. Post Offices carry a variety of packaging for postal patrons. The 9-inch-by-6-inch-by-1-inch boxes are just the right size for sending one to two video games, which are typically about the same size as a DVD case. Additionally, many big box department stores and office supply stores carry padded envelopes that are about the same size.

  2. 2

    Write down the recipient's address on the package. Write clearly so that the package is not delivered to the wrong place or person. Write down the return address so you can get the game back in case of any problems during delivery.

  3. 3

    Weigh your package and compare its weight to the pricing information for Media Mail on the U.S. Postal Service website listed in the Resources section. Affix an appropriate number of stamps to the package. If you plan to send the package from the Post Office, skip this step.

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    Take the package to your local Post Office. Speak with the representative at the desk and indicate that you would like to send the package via Media Mail. He or she will weigh the package, affix a postage sticker and tell you how much it will cost. Pay for the postage and the package should arrive at its destination within two to eight business days.

Tips and warnings

  • Other services such as insurance and delivery confirmation are available for an additional fee--ask the postman for details.

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