Pack and ship tips to send a game console overseas safely!

How to send a game console overseas?

Game consoles have slowly been developing from luxury goods to an ever-present piece of furniture in most living rooms. Having a PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo gaming console is now more and more a daily thing. Thanks to this, you can enjoy not only a lot of games, but you can also watch movies or listen to music in a comfortable way in front of the screen of your own TV. We see more and more people start to send a game console overseas for different reasons: it is cheaper in the US for example or they forgot to take it when going on Erasmus.

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Game console packing tips

By choosing Eurosender as your shipping specialist, you will be able to avoid all the pitfalls as you will benefit from our professional guidance and access to services offered by the best logistics companies on the international market.

To get you started, here are some of the basic tips you will need when using courier services to send a game console by courier:

  1. Measure the box or find out its dimensions and use the Shipment size Checker on our page to determine the most suitable option. If you are not 100% sure yet, please request an individual offer. This way, you will specify the exact nature of your shipment to one of our logistics specialists, who will be able to advise you on the most suitable shipping option to send a game console overseas.
  2. Always check if the service you have booked requires the customer to print the shipping label on their own. In case you use standard shipping services with a pickup country of Poland, Sweden, Romania, or Spain, you will need a printed shipping label. However, this is not necessary if you send a package from other countries or use freight shipping services.
  3. When you have to send a game console by courier, make sure you plan ahead and book the service early enough. Especially when you are planning to leave the pick-up address soon, place the order for shipping and calculate at least 2 business days extra to avoid any issues. We work together with couriers such as DHL, GLS, DPD, Chronopost, …

Eurosender insures all parcels for € 200. However, for valuable things, such as a gaming console, we recommend increasing the insurance amount. At affordable prices, we will offer a package insurance amount of € 1000 or even € 2000. Additional insurance only applies if the item is packed in its original packaging and if an invoice can be presented.

Game console packing tips: Packing materials

Before you start to send a game console overseas, we need to go over the game console packing tips. Let us start with the recommended packaging materials. Use items such as:

  • Tape
  • Cushioning such as paper, cardboard pieces, etc
  • Bubble wrap
  • Plastic bags
  • Cardboard boxes (and original box if possible)

Game console packing tips: Prepare your parcel

When packing a PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo Switch for courier delivery, it’s worth remembering a few important rules. Getting acquainted with the list below will help you avoid problems for when you send a game console overseas

  1. If you have kept the original box, you’ll be one step ahead of everybody else. Detached all cables from the console and place the parts in the box. Close the box.
  2. If you do not have the original box, don’t worry. Start by detaching all cables and pack them separately in a plastic bag which you will label. This will make unpacking easier. The console itself you can put in a plastic bag which you will seal off (waterproofing it) and wrap it in bubble wrap.
  3. Put the box or package with bags in a box and fill it up with different materials for cushioning.
  4. Seal the box with sufficient tape. Tape also the corners and edges to prevent it from ripping. If necessary, add the shipping label. You can also add a sticker saying Fragile or handle with care. Please note that even though it will inform everybody who will be handling your parcel, but not necessarily mean they will treat it as such.

Shipping lithium batteries

When shipping a game console internationally, it is important to note that lithium batteries are forbidden to be transported by air, they will be shipped by road though. For international shipments with Eurosender by air, courier services providers will not transport batteries or any type of electronic device including this type of batteries. For example shipments to Greece and it’s islands.

Is there anything we forgot to mention? Do you still have a question about how to send a game console overseas or how to send a game console by courier? Feel free to contact our agents, they will help you with your questions and help you book your shipment.

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Take into consideration these guidelines when shipping a gaming console. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction. In case you decide to ship a PS4, an Xbox or a Nintendo Switch, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment or to it.

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