You just bought something new...how long to keep "the original packaging"

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  1. kissmybASS01

    kissmybASS01

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    Be it a new TV, small appliance like a Tassimo, or what have you, how long do you hold onto all that space wasting cardboard and styrofoam.

    A lot of stuff come with 1yr, 2yr, or even lifetime warranties - with the original receipt, of course.

    So...how long do you wait before recycling or turfing the boxes.
  2. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

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    If it works, I chuck the box. I figure if it needs warranty replacement, I don't need to ship it back in the original box.
  3. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister Supporting Member

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    I throw it out as soon as I am sure it works. We bought a new floor cleaner today. Once we got it put together and used it, I broke the boxes down and threw out the rest of the packaging.

    -Mike
  4. jmattbassplaya

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    Depends on the item. Things that I might want protecting during a move (like a printer, TV, effect pedal, amp head, etc.... I might keep the original box for. Plus I always keep a few boxes around just in case I sell something and need to ship it.
  5. jmattbassplaya

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    The plastic stuff goes right away, though.
  6. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Supporting Member

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    I keep it until I run out of space, then throw it away and replace it with new trash.
  7. OldDog52

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    I keep some boxes & packing until I'm absolutely sure I'm keeping the item. At least a week. There are some purchases that I'll keep the packing indefinitely because if I later decide to resell on ebay, having the retail box is a bonus for some buyers and adds value. Camera, smartphone, that kind of stuff is usually a keeper.
  8. line6man

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    I keep stuff until I need the box to ship something in.
  9. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Supporting Member

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    With me, that stuff generally goes into the trash same day. I live in a Manhattan apartment - and it has plenty of stuff already. The last thing I need is more useless clutter... :rolleyes:

    MM
  10. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

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    It depends. I generally keep bigger boxes in case I have to move or ship something like a bass.
  11. Eric Perry

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    For expensive items (TV, stereo or bass equipment), I hang on to the packaging stuffs for a long time.
  12. hover

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    This. Then again, I have a huge attic.
  13. iamlowsound

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    I have a 600 sqft apartment, I break down and throw out the boxes as soon as the product is out of them.

    lowsound
  14. MrBKerth

    MrBKerth Bassist for The Sipps (Presskit.to/TheSipps) Supporting Member

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    I'm a horrible pack rat so I break down the boxes and store them in the closet. Comes in handy
  15. lowfreq33

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    I still have the boxes for my studio monitors that I bought 6 years ago. They don't have any kind of screen over the drivers, and they weren't cheap. Other than that I toss the boxes as soon as I'm sure I'll keep something.
  16. kissmybASS01

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    We have a "cozy" 650 sq ft house with a garage and always run out of room lol!
  17. GaryLC

    GaryLC Supporting Member

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    I'll keep packaging/boxes for amps, basses, some small appliances, some Amazon boxes for a while. I buy & sell quite a bit on eBay & Talkbass, and they come in handy for packing & shipping. But then again, I live out in the country, with a big garage with huge overhead space, so I have lots of room. Every now & then I'll go through and clean out a bit, but generally they'll get used again.
  18. chicago_mike

    chicago_mike Supporting Member

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    Effects pedals I buy..well at least the ones I have now. Because if I sell them and dear god I don't have the box..I ( the seller ) gets accosted.

    I'll save a bigger box and peanuts for moving / storage if need be.
  19. jmattbassplaya

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    True, but I tell ya what - almost every time I get a pedal that comes shipped with its original box it's in better cosmetic condition than ones that don't. If that doesn't bother you any then don't worry about it, but for guys that like 'clean' gear it can be worth that extra scrutiny. Personally, I don't care so long as it works :p
  20. Tarrbot

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    To go off topic a second, I get that people want the best deal, etc. but if you're buying used and expect new, who's the fool in that scenario?

    OT, Im a pack rat but don't normally keep boxes unless Im unsure if I am going to have to send it back or I need a box that size.

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