When the device has strong resale or gift potential. Imagine doing a search on eBay and finding two identical iPhones listed for the same price, but only one comes with the original box. Which would you choose? For high-end items like a smartphone or laptop, or for potential collectibles like, for example, a limited-edition video game controller, the packaging is almost part of the product and therefore increases its market value. When you include the box in your listing, it suggests the item has been kept in good condition.
“It’s always good to have the original box,” says Sara Beane, media relations specialist at online marketplace Swappa. “It creates a better unboxing experience.” This is especially important, she adds, if the buyer intends to give the item as a gift.
When the warranty is still in effect, especially for bulky or delicate items. Maybe hang in there even longer if you plan to move. Most manufacturers will allow you to return a TV, monitor, or other device under warranty for repair in any box. (Companies like Apple will even send you a box for your return.) But it’s definitely easier to wrap the device in the box it came in than to bubble wrap it and squeeze it into another box, especially if it’s large, oddly shaped items. like televisions. “I still have the 18 year old flat screen monitor box still working,” Twitter member @TheSkepticalSc2 told me in a tweet. “It’s been with me for six shots.”
When storing the box is also profitable. A laptop shipping box with foam padding costs around $25, and TV moving boxes can cost upwards of $40, depending on the size of the set.
When the gadget is a specialty item or you stock extra parts. “Outdoor projectors and screen boxes, which were so popular during the pandemic, can be saved because you’ll be storing your gear there most of the time,” said Thalia Poulos, president of the American Society of Professional Organizers and organizer. professional in California. , told me in an e-mail. Also, people sometimes have extra parts for their electronics, like extra mounting hardware for a Ring home security system. In that case, Poulos says, it’s a good idea to keep the box so you can protect the items and easily remember what they are and where they are.
If none of the above applies to you, free yourself from the tyranny of packaging.
That box that came with a pair of cheap $20 headphones? Let it go. That box that housed a once state-of-the-art laptop that’s now 3 years old? Thank him for his service and send him back to the recycling bin.