Keep or throw away boxes?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by supercooled, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. supercooled macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2007

    I recently bought a MP and as most of you know, the box that it comes in is huge. I don't plan on selling this, ever, but for warranty purposes, does Apple usually insist on getting it with the box if an exchange is required? I also bought this from a local shop so their policies may differ but generally speaking, do they insist you have the box?

  2. smogsy macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2008
    im unsure on the warrenty purposes (as i only just switched to) but i keep all my boxes there actually worth lot money to :p

    i got every box for every part for every pc ive built since 1999! thats over 12 lot of boxes :( i put them under my bed soon they will have/need there own room

    lot of online shop love you if you send them back broken products in the correct box :D
  3. Topher15 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2007
    I don't thing it matters if you have the box - if it becomes damaged while it's under warranty and an exchange is required then they should change it.

    I just bought a refurb MacBook from Apple - they sent it in a standard brown box which I thought contained the actual box (it didn't) although the inside did look like the inside of a regular box. If the original box is not with it then it seems they just use one of those.
  4. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    I can't speak for Apple globally but at least here in Japan when you send in a product under AppleCare they send a courier to your house with an appropriate box for it.

    That said I keep the boxes for a different reason: if I eventually decide to sell the machine it makes a big difference to have the original packaging.
  5. -Noodles macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2007
    typically with applecare they send a box to your house and pick it up. It's typically easier to send it in like this than take it to the store (I don't trust the store techies). But you shouldn't need it in either case. You may want to keep the box in case you move or something like that. It's nice to have something to put it in.
  6. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2007
    Indy, IN
    This just might be my addiction to apple products, but I keep all of my Apple boxes, and all of their original packing materials. I have a nice collection of them in my closet. Not only do their boxes look nice, if you ever want to sell it, you can claim it comes shipped in all of it's original packaging.
  7. AppleIntelRock macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2006
    I've found I get $100-$200 more on eBay when the images show my Apple product in it's original box.

    In short: KEEP THE BOX
  8. tjcampbell macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2006
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    always keep the box and everything that came in it. It makes all the difference when buying a used item to have the original packaging. It makes a used thing feel new.
  9. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    I always sell my machine when I'm ready to upgrade to something new. So keeping the box and everything in it is important, as they greatly increase the value of my Mac when I sell it.
  10. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    Keep the box.

    Take everything out of the box, and cut the tape on the bottom, and fold it flat.

    Then all the rest of the packaging, neatly place into a trash bag and label it, then stick it all in your attic/closet/basement/whatever.

    Trust me, while you dont think you're gonna sell it, just in case you do, down the road, you wont be kicking yourself because you didnt save it.
  11. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    I usually keep all boxes outside in a storage building, but my iMac box received special treatment and is kept in my closet. Comes in handy to keep all my computer related items stored in.
  12. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    99% of computer products I get the box gets tossed. But, my MacBook came in such as nice box I decided to keep it :)
  13. Topher15 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2007
    Why not just put the box and everything in it in the attic/closet/basement/whatever?
  14. swmr macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2008
    Penn State
    I tend to keep boxes for all of my expensive electronics. I still have them from cell phones, my iPod, my current desktop. I am sure I will never need them for my old phones but I always keep them just in case I need to move them while safely packed. For my desktop, I kept the main box and the box from the monitor.

    For a laptop, you may not need to keep the boxes if you are satisfied with a case that you own, and for your MP you might find it to be sturdy enough on its own, but for any display I would recommend keeping the box and packaging. To this day, I have never needed to move my desktop so the boxes are unused, but when I move off to college I'm sure I will be glad to have kept them.

    Best example of mine: My Xbox 360 never leaves my room unless it is packed away in the original box. I even shipped my brothers across the country, and the box was the best packing option (inside another box of course to disguise it).

    Mitch -- swmr

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