Save old boxes, or no?

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Save old boxes, or no?

Postby Bergie on Thu Nov 03, 2022 1:54 pm

My brother told me many years ago to save my old gun boxes, scope boxes, parts boxes, etc because if I sold that particular item later, it was well worth having the original box. So I’ve saved everything….scope boxes, scope mount boxes, gun boxes, even upper and lower receiver boxes! I’m wallowing in empty boxes. What’s the conventional wisdom out there say? Where does one draw the line on save it vs trash?
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Re: Save old boxes, or no?

Postby Bearcatrp on Thu Nov 03, 2022 3:26 pm

I keep only special expensive rifle boxes plus all scope boxes. All my pistols came in a hard case so I keep those too.
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Re: Save old boxes, or no?

Postby Holland&Holland on Thu Nov 03, 2022 8:24 pm

I keep a few in case I need to send something in for service but don’t really plan to sell anything. That will be my kids problem.
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Re: Save old boxes, or no?

Postby Rip Van Winkle on Fri Nov 04, 2022 6:10 am

Unless it has collector value, I don't keep any.
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Save old boxes, or no?

Postby INOR on Fri Nov 04, 2022 6:36 am

I keep pistol boxes for when I sell them. Rifles not so much.


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Save old boxes, or no?

Postby gun_fan111v2 on Fri Nov 04, 2022 7:51 am

INOR wrote:I keep pistol boxes for when I sell them. Rifles not so much.


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Same here. Have been keeping optic boxes too but shelf is running out of space so need to start tossing some out.
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Re: Save old boxes, or no?

Postby daleamn on Fri Nov 04, 2022 11:55 am

To my mind it is ridiculous but I remember some folk paying a couple hundred dollars for original Colt and S&W handgun boxes. There was even reports of counterfeit box manufacturers.
http://smith-wessonforum.com/s-w-hand-e ... boxes.html

So I guess for a handgun it would probably pay to save the box but you have to weigh what the box might be worth verses the inconvenience of storing the box for a long time (and then remembering you have the thing and where you stored it).
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Re: Save old boxes, or no?

Postby Holland&Holland on Sat Nov 05, 2022 7:58 am

I would think a box would be pretty easy to fake.
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Re: Save old boxes, or no?

Postby daleamn on Sat Nov 05, 2022 11:07 am

Under the category of folks with too much time on their hands (and maybe too much money) there are folk that examine the edges of the cardboard and the way it is cut etc., etc.
https://www.coltforum.com/threads/real- ... ox.353605/
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Re: Save old boxes, or no?

Postby crbutler on Sun Nov 06, 2022 9:02 am

If you have the space to save them, it doesn’t hurt to do so. I’ve sent things back for repair in the original boxes.

If you are a collector, it makes sense for guns you don’t shoot.

Somehow (using a high value rifle as an example) my Dakota .416 Rigby is unlikely to be worth more due to having the original box and tags. It’s had tons of ammo through it, a rebarrel, the stock has lots of damage, and I have shot 20 buffalo with it. It’s maybe 70% retained finish. The box is a nonissue with it.

The SAA I inherited? It has been shot, but it’s been babied. Having the box and tags for that might give an extra 5-10% if I sold it.

If I have to move, I probably will throw most of the boxes out.
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Re: Save old boxes, or no?

Postby Holland&Holland on Sun Nov 06, 2022 11:03 am

Empty boxes take up a lot of space, if you aren’t collecting it to resell and make money. Toss it and make room, I have way too much other junk to store.
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