Selling your gently used PlayStation 4 sounds great. The money you get from the sale could be used towards a PS5, or towards something else entirely. But then you remember that once your PS4 has been purchased — you have to ship it to the buyer, which often feels like a big hurdle. Make sure to keep reading if you have any questions about how easy it is to ship a PS4.
What you need to ship your PlayStation 4
You need just a few items to ship a PlayStation 4, and luckily, they can be found relatively easily. You will need to locate the following three things:
- Shipping box
- Packing materials
- Packing tape
A PS4 isn’t small, and when you are also including accessories such as the power cord and controllers — you’re going to need a fairly big box. You’ll also want to make sure the box is sturdy enough to hold everything because the console is on the heavy side.
You can easily buy these shipping items, but in an effort to keep your shipping costs to a minimum, you should first check around your home or office because there is a good chance you have a shipping box and packing material from a delivery you received.
What are the Sony PlayStation 4 dimensions?
Here at Swappa, we recommend using the original retail box for shipping when possible. The size of the PS4 retail box varies depending on which model you have, the PS4, PS4 Slim, or the PS4 Pro. But regardless of the model — a 22” x 18” x 8” box is an ideal size because it accommodates the size of the box while still allowing you to use some bubble wrap for added protection.
|Console Dimensions||Console Weight|
|PlayStation 4||2.09” (H) x 10.8” (W) x 12” (D)||6.2 pounds|
|PlayStation 4 Slim||1.5” (H) x 10.4” (W) x 11.3” (D)||4.6 pounds|
|PlayStation 4 Pro||2.17” (H) x 11.6” (W) x 12.9” (D)||7.3 pounds|
A similar-sized box is also ideal if you do not have the original retail box. And, while a 22” x 18” x 8” box may seem large, using this size box means you will be able to fit the console, along with any included accessories such as a controller, and power cable. Ideally, you want the items to be packed so there isn’t any empty space, but not to the point where they are crammed in.
How much does it cost to ship a PlayStation 4?
Shipping materials are relatively inexpensive, however, due to the size and weight of the PlayStation 4 – the overall shipping costs can be significant, so you’ll want to consider the costs before you list your PS4 for sale.
Shipping costs vary based on several factors such as the size and weight of the package, the distance the item needs to travel, and the carrier and method of shipping. What follows is an example for USPS, FedEx, and UPS – but we also recommend you check each of the three based on your exact shipping needs.
Cost to ship a PlayStation 4 with USPS
USPS is the most used shipping provider on Swappa, but that tends to apply to smaller items that fit in Flat Rate Priority boxes. A PlayStation 4 with accessories is bigger, and even the Large Flat Rate Box, which measures 12” x12” 5” isn’t big enough.
The PlayStation 4 Pro is the biggest of the three, and it measures 2.17” (H) x 11.6” (W) x 12.9” (D) and weighs 7.3 pounds. Using a shipping box that measures 22” x 18” x 8” will ensure plenty of room for the console and the included accessories, such as the power cable, controllers, or games. Overall, with the accessories, the package will weigh roughly 15 pounds.
Shipping a PS4 Pro from New York to San Diego in a box that measures 22” x 18” x 8” and weighs 15 pounds will cost roughly $70 for a USPS Retail Ground delivery. You should also plan to add a few extra dollars to the overall cost for insurance. You should make sure the insurance covers the full value of the shipment, just in case there are any issues during the delivery process.
Cost to ship a PlayStation 4 with FedEx
USPS is often the best option for smaller shipments, but you should always check FedEx rates when shipping something that is heavier or larger. FedEx has regular retail shipping locations and they also have FedEx OnSite locations in other stores such as Walgreens. The combination of these two options means you should be able to find a FedEx shipping location that is close to where you live or work.
Using the same example shipment; shipping a PS4 Pro from New York to San Diego in a box that weighs 15 pounds and measures 22” x 18” x 8”. The cost of shipping would be roughly $38 using FedEx Home Delivery. As with the USPS example, you will also need to add a few extra dollars to make sure the insurance covers the full value of the shipment.
Cost to ship a PlayStation 4 with UPS
Similar to FedEx, you should easily be able to find a UPS shipping location near where you live or work. UPS offers options to bring your item in already packaged and have it shipped, or buy the packing materials from UPS and have them handle the packing. Naturally, if you have UPS handle the packing that will be an additional cost.
Sticking with the same shipping example – a PlayStation 4 Pro being shipped from New York to San Diego in a box that measures 22” x 18” x 8” and weighs 15 pounds. Current UPS pricing for a UPS Ground shipment would be roughly $60.
Cheapest way to ship a PlayStation 4
Shipping with FedEx, using the FedEx Home Delivery service option, is the cheapest way to ship a PlayStation 4 Pro. In fact, based on this example (box weighing 15 pounds and measuring 22” 18” x 8”) it will be much cheaper to ship using FedEx.
While this example puts FedEx as the cheapest option, we recommend gathering your shipping materials, boxing up the PS4 and accessories, and getting specific measurements and weights. Once you have the specifics based on your package, you’ll be able to get a more accurate shipping cost, which you should do prior to listing your PS4 for sale.
Forget about shipping, use Swappa Local Delivery instead
With a regular online sale that needs to be shipped, you choose between using USPS, FedEx, or UPS to deliver the item to your buyer. This type of shipping isn’t overly difficult, but it does require a little effort. This is why we encourage you to use Swappa Local instead. Swappa Local is easy to use and safe.
Swappa Local deliveries are handled by Roadie, which is a UPS company, and sellers only pay a flat $10 shipping fee. Once your item sells, you place it in a sturdy box, seal the box with some tape, and mark the item as ready for pickup. After that is done, we send a Roadie delivery driver, who will pick up your item and bring it to your buyer, typically in about four hours or less.
Overall, Swappa Local is easy on the seller side, with quick delivery on the buyer side. Another perk of Swappa Local Delivery is that neither party has to worry about arranging an in-person meeting or exchanging cash in a parking lot. You can check to see if Swappa Local is available in your area by tapping the green button below.
Get the most cash for your used Sony PlayStation 4 on Swappa
It doesn’t matter whether you sold your PS4 to fund an upgrade to a PS5, or you sold it with plans to buy something else, or simply put the money aside for a rainy day — you likely want to get as much money possible. Selling your Playstation 4 on Swappa is the perfect way to get the most cash because the fees are fair.
Swappa is also great because it is the safest marketplace for used tech. Not to mention, the Swappa marketplace is also very active, which often leads to a quick sale, and as a result — a quick payday. You can get started selling on Swappa by tapping the green button below.