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Buying empty boxes
Posted by smitherreen on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 11:36 AM

So what's the deal with the guys on Ebay selling empty kit boxes and what do the buyers do with them, cover their wall? Tom

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Posted by DAYTONA on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 11:49 AM

...several reasons I have seen

...some just for the art work

...some to upgrade boxes of vintage kits they already own

...some to acquire boxes for vintage assembled kits, kind of completes it

...some to sell disassembled pre built kits for restoration, 

...instruction sheets are also very saleable

...I have bought a few empty boxes on Ebay, mainly to store a kit in while waiting for a  resto, and have upgraded boxes on several kits too

...there are probably other reasons too

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Posted by smitherreen on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 11:52 AM
Thanks, now I know! Better start saving mine. Tom
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Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 12:49 PM

One thing to be aware of when buying on ebay is modern issues of old kits packed in old boxes and passed off as original release. I have only seen this once, but I'm sure it must happen from time to time.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

Trevor

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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 1:09 PM

Bainford

One thing to be aware of when buying on ebay is modern issues of old kits packed in old boxes and passed off as original release. I have only seen this once, but I'm sure it must happen from time to time.

 

You should also be aware that there are individuals out there re-printing vintage boxes.

Not because they are trying to rip anyone off, but just as a nostalgia collectible.

But just be aware that they are out there if you should decide to start collecting vintage boxes.

Also, many of the new re-pops of older kits are being marketed in vintage style box art.

You need to be careful that when purchasing an old kit, you're not actually purchasing a new kit in old looking boxes.

Many times the kits may have changed contents over the years.

 

Steve

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Posted by High octane on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 3:52 PM

I've seen a number of empty kit boxes for sale at many swap meets that I attend. I don't have a very large house, so space is limited and I'm lucky that I have room for my model kits, let alone empty boxes. I've seen photos of guys mounting the entire boxes on their walls, and some of them just decorate their walls with the front or end panels of the boxes also.

High octane

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Posted by trainwreck on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 6:39 PM

So I buy a model, build the model, remove extra parts and put them in there proper drawers & toss the box in the recycle. Buying more boxes just seems a waste of the thing I hold most dear. Trainwreck.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 9:04 AM

trainwreck

So I buy a model, build the model, remove extra parts and put them in there proper drawers & toss the box in the recycle. Buying more boxes just seems a waste of the thing I hold most dear. Trainwreck.

 

I agree.

I'm not buying any model boxes unless there's a complete model inside! 

But still, it's nice to know that I may be able to make a couple of bucks off of my old vintage boxes someday after the kit is built. Smile

 

Steve

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Posted by oldcarguy on Thursday, March 02, 2017 10:44 AM

Hi;

 I can understand this facet of our hobby . I have ALL the boxes I saved from the old REVELL Victory at Sea and other ship kits over the years . Why ? Well the Steele , Box - Art is beautiful . Full of motion and believeability .

 The bigger boxes , I just saved the front ( or top ) as they fit nice in frames . There are Race car kits and others I have done the same with . I could have copied the Model box of the train engine from The " General  "and the " Big Boy " And sold them for a couple of bucks each . People like them that much .

 There is a cadre of folks that like Box art , and those who think thay are doing a service by reboxing kits that are newer in these old boxes . Not because they want to rip anyone off . They just don't know about the changes the kits underwent since original issue .

 Then , There are those that will do it for the " Bucks " when found out , they avoid shows for a while . I,ve caught a few of those . Shut them down with pleasure .

 Collect what you will . Sell it to anyone , but don't lie about it .

gjgeracci

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