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Old 20-09-2008, 11:48   #1 (permalink)
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What do you do with your boxes?

Reason I ask is that I am considering chucking mine out. What with two cameras, five lenses, grips, flash, tubes, pods etc, etc they take up nearly half a wardrobe

And why do I keep them? In case I want or need to sell anything. Does it matter to you that something you buy, used, has the box?
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Old 20-09-2008, 11:58   #2 (permalink)
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

I keep all mine. If I did decide to sell aything in the future I just think it sounds better if it is described as 'boxed'.

Have to agree they do take up some space.
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Old 20-09-2008, 12:08   #3 (permalink)
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

I've just moved...... and still took my empty boxes with me!

I blame eBay as it does always sound more impressive if you can say you've still got the box and reassures that it's not a nicked item! Mind you, I've seen empty boxes for sale on eBay!
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Old 20-09-2008, 14:16   #4 (permalink)
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

throw mine away straight away, if you ever had a problem with the product in my experience they advise to send it back to them in a different box anyways as for selling not had to yet as most of the stuff i will need to sell i will donate to my family if they can use it
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Old 20-09-2008, 18:27   #5 (permalink)
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

Ive kept all mine as stated if you sell anything "Boxed" will help
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Old 20-09-2008, 19:04   #6 (permalink)
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

You will get a better price when re-selling with boxes
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Old 20-09-2008, 19:20   #7 (permalink)
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

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You will get a better price when re-selling with boxes
I know....can I keep them at your house please
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Old 20-09-2008, 19:22   #8 (permalink)
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

Yes, if you place the 5D in one of them
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Old 20-09-2008, 23:09   #9 (permalink)
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

As said ,keep in case of sale.
Stuck em in the loft.
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

I think I'd choose one with box if everything else was equal
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

I moved house with mine and now can't find them which is annoying as I need to sell my D100 and a lens...

If you can, keep them!
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

The only reason I keep the boxes is in case I sell anything although I don't see the point. If I'm buying something I buy it for its purpose, not whether it's got a box but others seem to prefer having one.
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Old 21-09-2008, 08:43   #13 (permalink)
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

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Stuck em in the loft.
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Old 21-09-2008, 11:57   #14 (permalink)
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

Like most things I do not use I store them in the loft.

Then after about 15 years, while they are still in perfect condition but a bit dusty - I throw them away
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Old 21-09-2008, 12:58   #15 (permalink)
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

I also keep all my boxes, its easier if you need to return stuff for repair or servicing and like Dave has already said, the equipment always retains a higher second-hand value if you have all the original boxes, instructions and packing.

Just throw them in the attic and forget about them
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Old 21-09-2008, 22:55   #16 (permalink)
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

I've kept all mine - for all things, not just the camera stuff.

We don't have a proper loft as the roof space was converted to the office a couple if years ago, but the loft storage we do have is full of empty boxes! At the moment all the camera gear boxes are under the spare room bed. The only camera gear box not kept was the one the tripod came in.

Not sure why I keep them, probably 'just in case'
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

Dave buys and sales his camera's so fast they hardly come out of the box. lol

If you keep the box, you will always get a better price for your gear when selling.
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

I keep all my boxes and packaging; if you do sell it gives a definite advantage. Its a foible of human phsyc , buyers love original packaging, some are more impressed with the actual condition of the box and the interior packaging and manuals than with the contents; don,t know why but packaging sells, ask any marketing expert. I was involved in market research some years ago and its a fact that people will be more inclined to buy crap in expensive packaging than quality in cheap plain wrapping, ask any supermarket manager1
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its a fact that people will be more inclined to buy crap in expensive packaging than quality in cheap plain wrapping,
Hmmm, I reckon this is true for people relationships too
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

All my boxes for my bodies and lenses are stored in a large, airtight plastic container in the loft. If I ever choose to go down the trade-in route with a vendor such as Grays in London, having the box in mint condition will help attract a bit more value - especially if the manuals and other accessories that I don't need (USB cables, OEM straps etc) are unused.
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Not sure why I keep them, probably 'just in case'
My excuse also. They go in the loft, just in case... I've got boxes to stuff I lost or disposed of 10 years ago up there... just in case.
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

you wanna try hifi as a hobby - then we're talking boxes...
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

I have a store room which seems to contain mainly empty boxes. This is so that when someone wants to buy my pristine 30D (hint ) they can have a pristine box to go with it. The 200 sq.ft of floor space taken up by the boxes is therefore well worth it.
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

Surprised there is room for the boxes AND the bag collection!
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

The bag collection is gradually being diminished - I've sold two in the last few weeks!

Of course I'll need another one when I get the Hasselblad.
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Re: What do you do with your boxes?

I collapse boxes down flat and chuck any polysterene or whatever away. It is the box that is useful for resale and bubblewrap serves just as well for protection. This way you can keep a surprisingly large number of boxes in a very small space, down the side of the wardrobe, under the bed, etc.

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