Tonight’s items are fairly simple to explain. They’re the original boxes for both iPhone devices I’ve owned. The iPhone 3Gs (pictured above, on the right) and the iPhone 5 (also pictured above, on the left). I’ve had these on my bookshelf for some time now.
I always figured that having the original boxes would prove to be a good asset when selling the devices when I was done with them. However, after so much time has passed for the 3Gs, which is “stuck” on iOS 6, I’m pretty sure I’d get bottom dollar for the device. Maybe the box would be worth more? Now I’ll never know!
For certain devices, typically higher end ones, such as Macbooks (regardless of model), iMacs, etc., it does make sense to hold on to the original packaging. We have been complimented before, while selling an older Macbook, that it shows we care about our devices, as we kept the original box. For large and bulky items, such as an iMac, it makes sense to keep the box, because you will likely need to transport it somewhere at some point in time, and the original box is most likely the safest and most reliable way to do so. The line is blurrier with mid-point devices, such as iPads, Mac Minis and others of the like – Apple product or not. At least up to the point in time when the device’s warranty is still in effect. Afterwards, a sturdy cardboard box with some packing foam works just as well when (or even IF it’s needed), and takes up a lot less room in your space until that time!