Fine Games' Shipping Info & Rates
This page discusses our basic shipping policies, then guides you to the appropriate subsidiary page to help you
anticipate shipping charges, and to inform you of the choices you have in shipping options.
Fine Games' price for shipping
domestically is basically a flat-rate system: $19.00
for most orders of boxed games, or $8
for up to four
) flat, unboxed items that fit in a flat rate priority mailer. International
orders are base on actual shipment weight, except for flat rate mailers which
are now $34 - $37 depending upon your country
The most recent USPS postal rate change occurred in January 2017; international rates
will usually change in January of each year. UPS revises its rates each January (and can further change them on an
ongoing basis via surcharges as gas prices increase).
Specific rate info depends on whether your package is being shipped domestically
(within the US including APO/FPO addresses), or is being shipped internationally
to any other nation.
Shipping Rates Increased
As of January 2017
, our domestic shipping rates will be $8 to ship up to 4 flat, unboxed items (same
as in 2009), and $19.00
for a standard order including boxed items (up $1.00). Charges for
delivery is +$3.25/order.
Charges for most large/heavy items (+$1.50
ea) have not changed. The "Giant Box (GB)"
category of packaging carries a surcharge of $3.00/item reflecting the heft & bulk of some games these days (nearly all
'made in China').
These minor changes reflects the
relentless increases in shipping costs via UPS (up 5% overall for ground
services over 2016 -- 9%
for lighter packages -- plus
much more for fees);
increases on USPS packages & UPS fees are even greater, reaching 12% in
the weights we deal in..
Also, international shipping rates increased as of January 2017
as well. The biggest change was with the flat rate mailers that forced us
to increase rates by $7 for most nations (for two years in a row now).
As of 2007, there are fewer options for international shipment. There is
no longer any "AIR" and "SURFACE" option. Instead, the main
option is "Priority Mail International." This offers rapid delivery
of 6-10 days worldwide, offers some tracking, and applies to nearly all
nations and all weights (unlike in the past). It is, of course, more
expensive than air used to be, and still more than surface.
"First Class International" is available as a slightly
alternative, but applies only up to 4 pounds weight and such shipments are not
insured but are now trackable. First class is the
cheapest option (usually by about $10) for up to 2 lbs weight; after that,
Priority Mail envelopes are the least expensive option.
We ship fast, unlike many other internet vendors. Regardless of where it's headed, the typical order placed
with Fine Games ships in less than two days from the time that full payment arrives (including weekends). So, your
order doesn't sit around as you may have experienced experienced. Instead, it ships to you at the earliest
possible opportunity -- typically the same day. .
If you have special, time-sensitive needs -- such as a birthday -- please advise us up front. We'll explain
your choices in terms of delivery options and costs, and do everything we can to get your order to you before you
have to have it.
We do wait for your payment to arrive before assembling your order. Full payment must be rendered in whatever form
you wish before we will ship your order. If circumstances dictate, we reserve the option to delay shipment until
your method of payment has cleared our bank and any associated bank fees are known.
Every order receives our careful attention as it is packed. We take pains to anticipate and avoid problems
of damage in transit. Fewer than 0.1% of items shipped are damaged en route or mis-shipped; where a problem
occurs, we work with you to see that things are made right & you're ultimately satisfied.
In the event of damage to your items upon arrival, please inform us of the situation at once. Keep both the
damaged item(s) and any shipping container and material for possible inspection or collection by the shipper. We
will advise you of the steps to remedy the problem given the facts of the situation.
We routinely acknowledge order shipped by UPS & USPS Priority to customers with an email address. This acknowledgement is
sent when the order ships, and includes tracking info as well as estimated date of arrival.
We bear in mind any special needs you've made us aware of such as arrival deadlines or alternate shipping
locations. If you need us to remove shrink-wrap, dice or any invoice information from a
shipment for customs purposes, please just let