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Why am I saving these boxes?

We are downsizing and I have a bazillion things to sort through. There is no way we can store in a condo all that we have in this house!

I have saved the original boxes for a few appliances---for example, the Kitchen Aid mixer box and my rice cooker box. Is there any reason to keep these boxes? Would I need the KA box if I ever had to send the KA back for servicing? (Although, honestly, my inclination would be to first try to see if a really good handyman in my community could fix it before I shipped it across the country.)

Save the boxes or not?


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    1. Hi, soccermom:

      I say: Toss 'em!

      Unless you plan on moving often, or a given warranty requires service returns to be in original packaging, why keep them?


      1. I use empty boxes for:

        -trash cannisters
        -flower pot stands
        -stacked vertically as Lego-esque bookshelves

        Otherwise, just toss.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Hey guys,

          Thank you.

          Good point, Kaleo: "or a given warranty requires service returns to be in original packaging."

          Do you know if KA requires that their stand mixers be returned in original packaging? (I can call them tomorrow to ask, but you might know off the top of your head :0)

        2. You can also flatten the boxes and store them that way. Put all the styrofoam pieces in a big clear garbage bag (or in one box that you have spared for the purpose).

          Admittedly, when you need a particular box, it's kind of a pain to reassemble the box, tape it up, and find the matching styrofoam bits. But you won't need to do it often (hopefully never).

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          1. re: tanuki soup

            That is really a good idea of you must save the box & packing materials.

            For the styrofoam...just take a ball point pen & write on each piece what appliance it goes with. I'd also write on each piece how many total pieces should go in the box. For example, if the KA has three pieces of styrofoam, write on each piece something like "KA - 3". That way you can locate your KA pieces and you know exactly how many pieces you need from the bag.

            Again, great idea!

          2. "Why am I saving these boxes?"

            Box Wars

            1. <I have saved the original boxes for a few appliances---for example, the Kitchen Aid mixer box and my rice cooker box.>

              I used to do this, especially when I was young, but I also increasing find this useless. When I was young, I don't have a lot of stuffs, so it is ok to keep boxes. I could even use them for other purpose. Now, they just take up space, so I throw them away. When I buy a product, I still keep the box for a few weeks to a few months just in case that I need to use it to ship back.

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              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                Ditto here, I used to keep them forever, but now just a month or two and then they get the boot. The only exception is if it's used as the storage container for the equipment.

              2. If you still have the appliances, use the boxes to pack them up for your move, then I'd flatten them or toss 'em.

                1. I keep the original boxes for maybe a couple of months--just enough time to make sure the item works the way it's supposed to. Then, flatten & recycle.

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                  1. re: pine time

                    So much this. I usually clean out the garage a couple times a year, and one part of that is getting rid of the boxes I have accumulated. By that time, I have usually figured out what is working and what I am thinking of returning...

                  2. My mother in law saved all her boxes along with instructions, etc..from 80s, 90s...she gave me a lot of stuff when she downsized all in their original boxes...the original boxes saved a lot of appliances and kitchenwares from dust and other irritants. Most of her items still look new.
                    Me? i have no patience for that so I throw out all the boxes.

                    1. My sister is a box keeper. I am not.
                      My tip ... from having to return an item to use its warranty, I snap a digital pic of the UPC code on the box, and a pic of the receipt where I purchased it. That's pretty much all you need.

                      1. I'm a box keeper, or rather was a box keeper. I used to keep all the boxes for appliances and gadgets just in case I needed to return them, or just in case I needed to move. But then I realized it was a waste of space and recycled the whole lot of them, including internal packaging. The only thing I kept was the UPC code that I stapled to the bill and manual.

                        The only boxes that I keep are for really large appliances that are difficult to move or ship (ex boxes for tvs, or computer monitors).

                        I have found that when I sell my appliances and gadgets in the boxes at garage sales, people always express amazement that I've kept them. I still remember selling a pristine milk shake maker from the late 1980s in its original packaging and box. The person who bought it was really happy

                        1. I have a few rules for new appliances.

                          1) Don't buy extended warranties

                          2) Toss the box if the appliances works when installed

                          3) Most appliances cheaper than $300 are not worth fixing if they are out of warranty

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                          1. re: kagemusha49

                            Great thoughts and ideas, guys. Thank you very much.

                          2. I've saved my KA box with styrofoam and I'm glad I did. But, I've moved around a lot so that's why I'm glad I saved it. Maybe save it to move the mixer, then get rid of it after that. I ditched other boxes for things like the food processor and blender. Those fit more easily in regular boxes with some packing paper since their shapes are more "normal".

                            1. We save original boxes in case we have to send a small appliance to the company (we did this once with a Cuisinart coff maker) or in case we decide it needs to be returned to the store.

                              Once we've used the item long enough to know that we will use it successfully, then we toss it. At least that's the theory.