Are you a box saver?

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  1. H2OHOH

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    Do you save your boxes? I have been for a couple reasons

    1. store the extra parts that come with them and manuals

    2. Nice if you want to sell some day

    I have noticed my boxes are starting to take up lots of space. I also realize I rarely go back in box for instructions or extra parts and I don’t sell stuff too often. Thinking of thinning the heard.

    how about you

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    I used to, but thinned the heard for space. I reasoned that a box rarely would fetch me more money on a sale, especially low cost, lower end items. I see an MPR box, a eheim Jager box, jabeo boxes. Those would be prime candidates of mine to get rid of.

    Higher end items like the ecotech pumps might mean $10-20 more at resale, but really, it still isn't worth it to store the box for years.

    Spare parts and manuals get bagged and tagged or put in a plastic tote and shelved.

    If I can find the manual online, it gets downloaded and stored digitally and paper gets recycled.

    Fewer boxes on the fish shelf means that I can now store more new (unused) equipment waiting for my 6year long 40breeder build to complete (commence) :)
     
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    I throw them. Take up too much space.
     
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    As a (retired) comic book and action figure collector, I pretty much keep most boxes; not including disposable products.
    I have boxes that have a more likely need kept on a shelf in the mechanical room. Boxes for items that I don't expect to need the box for any time soon (and larger boxes) are sent up to the attic. I would bet that half of the items on the attic are just empty boxes; aquarium supplies, collectibles and Star Wars Lego sets are major contributors.

    I keep the boxes around more for protection of the item if I decide to remove or sell them.
    I have a file folder that contains printed manuals and a folder on my Mac for downloaded manuals.

    By the way...
    I have about forty empty boxes from the LED fixtures that I use in the scrubbers.
    They're too nice (foam lined) to just recycle the box and toss the foam. Anyone need any???











    This is the third case of the misspelling of the word "heard" this weekend (twice in this thread), it's herd.
     
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    I spelled/typoed it incorrectly on purpose to be sure that @H2OHOH would understand since he typoed it first :)
     
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    I try not to save the boxes but sometimes they sit around longer than they should
     
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    I was going to say I never keep the boxes for items, but I realized that I have the motherboard box for every computer I've ever built in my office closet.
     
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    When I spell something wrong, it is most likely autocorrect. When I make grammatical errors, most likely autocorrect. When I forget to take the garbage out, most likely autocorrect You get the idea.
     
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    Sounds like a forking excuse for being a Dumas to me. :D
     
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    As the (mostly) reformed offspring of a borderline horder, boxes are in recycling within a day or so. The struggle is cleaning out the totes with the extra stuff I don't need any longer from the boxes I got rid of, but I've gotten better with time.
     
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    I generally keep some of them. It all started from the habit of putting every manual and spare part/accessory in the motherboard box when building computers.

    For fish stuff I have every spare cable, manual, w/e for any Apex accessory inside of a single box, I think from the DOS or Cor due to convenient size. I have all of my MP40 storage spacers and a westside that im pretty sure is toast in an mp40 box that I kept. I also store a bunch of random stuff in a box from one of my skimmers because it is such a heavy duty box (RIP Vertex). I bought my 3' Vertex Illumina off eBay and it came in a random large box, but I still have that too... Mostly because it is a giant box of packing peanuts and bubble wrap so I never need packing material when shipping things.
     
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    I do. Probably more than I should. Most just for resale, if it’s backup equipment, and just for organized and safe moving (still rent until wife finishes grad school).
     
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    I was keeping boxes but just earlier this week started disposing of them. It's not worth the storage room. I don't believe it matters when selling unless it is near or recently new.
     
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    Wed is garbage and recycling day. Last night did a little therapy exercise and thinned the herd. Feeling good about it so far. For some reason, the more expensive the piece of equipment, or nicer the box, the more likely I was to keep it.
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    Just so everyone is clear that shelf is on display lol :D

    I can always count on you to correct my many gramer errors.


    I wasn't going to click this thread because subconsciously I knew I needed to throw out a bunch. Ikserk nailed it... especially on the low cost items. Or anything that's still under warranty maybe... especially if it's bigger.
     

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