Cardboard Boxes for Electronics-How Long Do You Save Them?

by Moving Box Delivery on December 9, 2009

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The Unclutterer blog had a wonderful post asking should you keep cardboard boxes for electronics? They asked if you should keep your original box packaging and for how long.? I felt this was a great topic and one that we wanted to pass on to our readers who are wondering how to properly move their electronics.

The challenge is, we all love gagets and electronics and have a lot of them. According to an article in U.S. Today, Nielsen Media Research has found that there are 2.73 TV sets in the typical home or 2.55 people.  With that many televisions, should we  actually store 2-3 large boxes and packaging that the televisions sets came in in the event we need to move? For how long should we do this?

Not to mention that we also have multiple desktop computers, laptops, stereo equiptment and other specialized electronics. Do we also store all of that box packaging?

According to an article by Wired.com called 'A Mac Box is Worth It's Weight in Gold," this empty cardboard box was sold for more than $500 on eBay.  The box is old, dating back to 1984 and was used as the box packaging for one of the first Macintosh computers

According to an article by Wired.com called 'A Mac Box is Worth It's Weight in Gold," this empty cardboard box was sold for more than $500 on eBay. The box is old, dating back to 1984 and was used as the box packaging for one of the first Macintosh computers

An excerpt from the Wired.com article stated that ”the cardboard box is worth more than the computer it contained.”  The original Macintosh is worthless and has a  resale value of zero.  Thge article went on to discuss that a computer without the manuals that would otherwise sell for $100, would actually sell for $300 if you had the manuals and the orginal box packaging and inserts.

The question is, who has the space to keep a dozen large cardboard boxes and packaging that the electronic initially came in? Why keep them you might ask?

Great question, and one that many people do not know. The best way to protect your electronics (computers, televisions, stereos etc) is to pack them in the boxes materials they came in.

The suggestion from the Unclutterer blog about how long you should keep your boxes that the electronics came in was a good one, in addition to the wonderful ideas that their users posted. I compiled these ideas into a list and added some additional ideas.

Keep the original cardboard boxes and packaging that your electronics came in with the following situations:

1. Keep the cardboard boxes of your electronics until the product can no longer be returned.

2. If you have any plans of moving in the next 3 years, keep the boxes. You will be happy that you did.

3. If you are in the military and move a lot, keep the cardboard boxes and packaging.

4. Keep the boxes for expensive, large flat panel televisions. These custom boxes are expensive to buy!

5. If you plan on selling your electronics on E-bay in the future, keep your cardboard boxes. (You will most likely get a higher price if you have the original box packaging AND it will be easier to ship.)

6. Keep the cardboard boxes for items that you rarely use, because it will make it easier to store in the garage.

7. If the warranty is an on-line warranty, meaning that if your product breaks you will need to ship it to the manufacture-you many consider keeping it. Please note, some companies will ship you a new box to send your electronics back in.

Don’t Forget About Your Electronics Box Packaging

Don’t forget to also keep the packaging that your electronics came in. These inserts are almost more important than the cardboard box itself. The manufacturers of these products tested how safe it would be to transport the electronics using not only the cardboard box, but the packaging.

The challenge with this is, you can not flatten your boxes if you need to save the packaging. Since you still need to still store the packaging, we recommend storing it inside of your cardboard boxes.

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