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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by KodeFore, Oct 26, 2022.

  1. KodeFore

    KodeFore Member

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    Im getting ready to do a move and i am wondering if its worth hanging onto carboard gun boxes I've accumulated over the years?
     
  2. chicharrones

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    Only worth keeping for the guns that are kept in excellent condition, something like a safe queen.

    For guns that get real cosmetic wear, I'd pitch the boxes for those guns. For example, my carry guns get so cosmetically challenged that the resale value is not high enough to worry about keeping the box it came in.
     
  3. Bfh_auto

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    I keep the boxes for about a year. Then trash them once I know I'm going to keep it.
     
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  4. South Prairie Jim

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    If you ever sell and ship that firearm.. you’ll be glad you saved the box.
     
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  5. hk940

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    A dealer friend of mine used to say the box is worth $50.00. I still have the box for my Combat Commander I bought in 1977. I wonder why my wife says I never throw any thing away:)
     
  6. Remington1911

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    I saved every box, we all know that no matter the condition having the "original box" does add value. Hard to argue with that.

    I lost all my boxes when the basement flooded, really not happy about it....but what you going to do.

    Started saving them again. They really don't take up much room.

    I also save the plastic boxes if applicable.
     
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  7. doubleh

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    I keep them long enough to believe the gun won't need to return to the maker and then it goes into that big blue and black cart that travels out to the road once a week to be emptied.
     
  8. bannockburn

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    Guess I'm a pack rat as I still have boxes for guns that have been gone for many years!
     
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  9. dogtown tom

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    Yet ebay and GunBroker say otherwise.;)
    Colt https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=colt+factory+box&_sacat=0&rt=nc&LH_Complete=1
    S&W https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=S&W+factory+box&_sacat=0&rt=nc&LH_Complete=1
    Glock https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=Glock+factory+box&_sacat=0&rt=nc&LH_Complete=1
     
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  10. chicharrones

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    Oooh. That's a good point. Save the box for a few decades and sell to folks that bought a nice used gun but don't have a box.
     
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  11. redcon1

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    My combat commander was made in 1970 something and I bought it NIB back in 1992. I almost lost the box when I joined the Army but, most joyously, I recovered it and now both are together in my safe. I lost the instruction booklet though. Seems like it had one at one point anyways. I don't always save the box but on some guns, I definitely do.
     
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  12. Bush Pilot

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    Pack rat here too, I never throw away boxes from gun purchases.
     
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  13. DukeConnor

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    Depends on the gun. I don't think a PSA Ar box will ever be worth anything. A colt Python box definitely.
     
  14. AlexanderA

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    I save all the boxes that come with new guns. Heck, I've even been known to go on ebay and buy original boxes for used guns. And don't forget the paperwork that comes in the boxes.

    I made a mistake once and threw out the shopworn box that my 2nd Generation Colt SAA came in. Such a "stagecoach" box, even in shopworn condition, is now worth a couple of hundred dollars. Reproduction boxes are being made that sell for that much.
     
  15. gwpercle

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    I keep mine ... along with all the paperwok , owners manuals , extra parts / grips / accessories .
    When I pass them along I want everything to be included .
    I traded my brother a Ruger MKI Target 22 LR for a model 58 S&W in 41 Magnum .
    He passed the MKI Target to his son ... last Christmas I gave him the original gun box , shipping box , all the paper work , owners manual and original black plastic grips (I replaced them with walnut target grips) ... He was estatic to have all the original stuff and sales receipt with his passed down pistol !!!
    Gary
     
  16. Legionnaire

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    I think having the original box and manual has value when selling. Among other things it assures a potential buyer that you care about such things, giving them more confidence in the purchase.
     
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  17. The_Quartermaster

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    Sometimes I get a gun and say, nah, this will be a forever gun. Then one day either we lost interest or not into that type of gun anymore. We see an ad on some forum we browse and catch someone wanting what we have and having what we want. Or we just decide to sell outright to fund for either another gun or an optic even. Instead of having to go find or build our own box, we now already have what's needed. Just wrap it up so it doesn't scream gun like the ATF suggests, and drop off at your preferred shipper and later profit.

    Plus they hardly weigh much at all so you won't be burning up gas or even getting close to pushing weight limitations on the method of it being transported.

    But if you think that none of this applies for you, well you do you of course.
     
  18. theotherwaldo

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    I might keep them - if I bought new guns... .
     
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  19. dogtown tom

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    Said all the guys who tossed their Colt/S&W/Browning/etc boxes that now bring $$$.
    While a Palmetto box is common right now and has no perceived collector value, the same was thought of Glocks. To know thats not true go find a used Gen 1 Glock 17 for less than the price of a new one.
     
  20. Hokkmike

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    Handgun boxes/ cartons yes. Long gun boxes no.
     
  21. rust collector

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    Yep, after a couple years I file the end of a long gun cardboard box with info on it, and recycle the cardboard. I need less clutter in my life, not more. Pistol boxes go into totes in cold storage.
     
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  22. .38 Special

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    Yeah, I don't know. I can see saving the box from a high-end gun, or maybe a first-generation box if it seems like the brand will last, but some of these sellers are either delusional or dirt poor. The guy hoping to get ten bucks for his Taurus box makes me kind of sad.
     
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  23. Carl N. Brown

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    Sometimes having the original box and manual and other factory paperwork can influence a buyer to pay the asking price.
     
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  24. DukeConnor

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    You have a point but the PSA boxes are just plain generic cardboard.
     
  25. GBExpat

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    I save all OEM boxes. Aside from that, I save all longgun boxes in excellent shape for possible re-use later.

    Big basement ... ;)
     
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