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Keep Cardboard gun boxes?

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

  1. Hal

    Hal Member

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    My wife is 66.
    I'm 70.

    We moved into our house in 1986 - and - we just moved out of that house and into a brand new ranch style (all one floor) the end of September.
    We had movers for the big heavy stuff and help from other people for an entire day here and there - maybe 4 days total.

    Every day, my wife moves no less than three full loads of stuff in her 2019 Sportage.(I feel terrible, but, my COPD is so bad I can't do anything anymore.)

    Why all this extraneous boring typing?

    We have accumulated such an enormous amount of crap it's staggering. To all you fellow box hoarders - take note.
    To all you box tossers - well done, I salute you.

    BTW - all that extra money you'll get from saving the box and selling them as you slide in for that dirt nap - it's all going to go pay someone to move all your crap some day.
     
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  2. The_Quartermaster

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    Lemme know if you're going to pay for the new boxes when I sell or ship. If not, -take note. If so, I'll be in touch ;)
     
  3. Reloadron

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    I have some piled on top of the gun safe. They are the original Colt boxes for many of my Colt Series 70 guns. Have a few molded plastic ones also in the attic along with a few of my rifle boxes. My son and son-in-law know how to put the right guns in the right boxes when I check out. Maybe it will help and maybe not so much. Much like my wife's jewelry, the kids know who gets what when the time comes. que se·rá, se·rá :)

    Ron
     
  4. wally

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    I try to save them all, have a lot of otherwise unusable space along the eves in the attic. The cardboard used for my Chinese AKs and SKSs seems really attractive to cockroaches, while all the others seemly have been ignored, so I don't think I have any of these boxes left, but none of them had much to identify them either, but one with a "Polytech" label in good shape could definitely add value.
     
  5. Ignition Override

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    If you have the space, then keeping them can't hurt.

    And if something suddenly happens to You....

    ....a factory Box might help swing a deal for a grieving, surviving wife, lady friend, etc who isn't familiar with gun sales. And many survivors who then have less income, will truly need the cash. $$$$

    Let's think about Them :(, partly because of the unpredictable factors.
     
  6. captain awesome

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    I don't have the room. Perhaps I should buy less guns and more house. meh. Guns are more fun.
     
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  7. Slamfire

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    Live long enough, and those 20 year old gun boxes will turn out to be collectable.

    I suspect the pistol is worth more than the box, but I have seen some real vintage boxes go for more than the pistol would

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    and don't toss out the 1990's S&W screwdrivers. They are great, and go for insane prices on ebay.
     
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  8. Seedy Character

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    I have the plastic, Ruger handgun cases, not many others.

    Recently sold a Vaquero, with the factory labeled, plastic case and paperwork. It sold within 2 hours, for asking (premium) price.

    Most of my purchases do not have the box, I rarely buy new.

    Sometimes the box helps with the sale. Sometimes it adds a premium. Mainly depends on the buyer, IMHO.
     
  9. Mosin77

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    I look at it this way:

    If I throw away the useless box, I have more peace of soul through less accumulation of clutter. This peace of soul encourages me to perform fractionally better in the rest of my life, which results in greater productivity and more earnings. Those earnings, invested over time, are going to yield far more money than that box will ever bring in collector value.

    Or something like that.

    In reality I throw away long gun boxes and have a box of pistol boxes in the basement, which I’ll probably throw away one day. There are pistols that may go up in value and then there are those that are fairly stagnant. I am having a hard time justifying the space for a KelTec box. A Walther PPK box, on the other hand, takes up minimal space and might actually add to value one day in a meaningful way, so on balance probably best to keep it around.
     
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  10. BushMaster-15

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    What does it say too YOU ,about a person who has the original Box the Gun you're about to purchase came in ?.
    It speaks VOLUMES too ME :D Is it a deal breaker NO ,is it icing on the cake , OH YES .
     
  11. Riomouse911

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    I have three or four bins of handgun boxes, and still have a few leftovers sitting on a shelf.

    I would have more boxes, but a rat moved into the garage of my former house and ruined several of them.

    Long gun boxes are on a shelf if I bought them new. The ones I bought used with no original box, or I was gifted by my Dad or Grandfather, don’t have the boxes.

    Stay safe.
     
  12. P5 Guy

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    Saved a couple and the paperwork. Glock and S&W plastic boxes are in the garagealong with the cardboard CMP shipping boxes from the '90s
     
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  13. anothernewb

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    I'll hang onto my boxes until I either get in a critical crunch for space, they are destroyed in a random event, or until my descendants (god forbid) sell them with the firearms.

    I guess I'm kind of a hoarder with firearm stuff. I still have the boxes from the dillon and everything I've bought reloading. Actually had to throw away a pile of bullet boxes the other day.
     
  14. BRatigan

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    Everything is kept. Factory boxes are excellent for shipping when reinforced by a sleeve. Everybody has their way of doing things, it's all good.
     
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  15. tws3b2

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    So far I've kept them all. Cardboard and plastic. I'll keep all paper work that came with the gun in that box. Including the receipt. But it's getting to be a hassle to find room.
     
  16. BushMaster-15

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    Boxes are generally hollow and I start with a large one and stack as many as neatly as I can into one another . Peppermint cotton balls or clothes dryer sheets make excellent rodent repellent ,as do CATS :) .

    I found when we moved having not only the weapons boxes handy but also in some cases their cover jackets came in REAL HANDY !.

    As My Most cherished weapons came with Me personally , carefully packed inside with foam protection and inside a lockable box in the back of MY pickup which the hard tonneau cover locks over all as well . Nothing like pulling #7 tons a trailer and having to sweat parking at a motel overnight and worrying about some ***** breaking into and stealing everything .
     
  17. AlexanderA

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    I'm a collector.

    Since I collect the guns, it follows that I collect their boxes as well.

    It's the same mentality. My wife calls it "clutter." I don't. I call it "potential treasures."
     
  18. herrwalther

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    For a modern firearm? Nah. Cardboard has a tendency to attract roaches here in the south during the summer and spring. I would rather not have to deal with that issue if it isn't a collectable box. Hard cases are a different story.
     
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  19. Sniper66

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    I've kept nearly all the boxes that came with new guns. I've sold many guns in the last few years, trying to thin the herd. In the process, a box usually accompanies the sale. Every time the buyer is glad to have the box. Not sure it's worth another $50-$100. (maybe for an expensive collectable), but it sure makes the sale go smoothly. I've also sold some scopes recently and the boxes are really useful for shipping. I turn over enough firearms that my box supply does not take up too much space.
     
  20. Blkhrt13

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    I’m keeping the blue box for the 1968 31-1 because it has the receipt in it where the original owner bought it. It has a cleaning rod and gunlock with key as well. I suspect the lock is newer than 68.
     
  21. PzGren

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    I have no place in the safe for all the gun boxes but have some very nice German Zarges aluminium boxes that have the original boxes and paperwork in them, while not really cheap, it is a cheaper solution than buying another safe. The aluminium boxes have a rubber seal and are safely stored away.
    I plan on moving next year and my gun boxes will move with me, as well as four very large and some smaller safes.
     
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