Doing logistics for Kickstarter Games, it’s led us to think about what a ‘perfect’ shipment or the kind of shipments that make it extremely easy for us would look like. With that in mind, here’s a simple, low-cost shipment looks like:
- single or only a couple of variations. It’s best if all add-on’s are just added to the game box, but if there are additional Kickstarter exclusives, those should be minimal (like 3 at most). This gives a maximum item variation of 4.
- shipments that arrive during the summer via pallets. Again, this is purely for our convenience but since summer is the ‘slow’ time, it’s perfect for getting Kickstarter shipments out
- at least 1% of extra items allocated for damages / missing items & shipments.
- industry standard dimensions (see below for individual comments)
Courier companies have a minimum size / weight ratio that they use. From internal testing, it works out to be about a 7″ x 5″ x 4″ box is about as small as you can go (or a 6″ cube) before you hit the lowest shipping threshold for pricing. The most common box sizes we’ve used is a 9″ x 7″ x 4″ box which fits among other things the original Citadel’s box and the Ticket to Ride USA 1910 expansion with significant amount of packing space.
With card games, you are only likely to be paying for volumetric weight when you
The picture to the left is a 12″ x 12″ x 4″ box. It fits Ticket to Ride Europe perfectly and is pretty ‘standard’ in terms of box sizes. In fact, our personal preference for box sizes is slightly bigger at 12.25″ x 12.25″ x 6″ (with a 2″ score). That box fits the square box size perfectly along with allowing enough space to fit in corner protectors or packing paper and the 2″ score line allows us to add additional expansions or Kickstarter rewards without a problem.
That’s not to say that packaging it as tightly as you see on the left is bad. If you look carefully, you’ll note that the box is quite thick – it’s actually rate to take up to 75lb’s of pressure. As such, it’s unlikely your game is going to be damaged unless it gets dropped really hard on the corner (and even then, it’d be unlikely).
The game above works out to be 2.2lb’s by itself, adding the box it ships around 3lbs (or slightly above 1.4kg’s). That’s not bad for volmetric weight overall and you’ll be paying for actual weight in such a shipment. Now, in comparison we’ve shipped other games that are of the same size but come in weighing at 1.6lbs including the game box. At this point, you’ll be paying for volumetric weight rather than actual weight. So keep volumetric / actual weight issues in-mind when choosing your packaging.