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Paul Bach
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So, I flooded my basement 2½ months ago and I am just now starting to move things back in. Luckily, Acts of God are not covered by insurance, but Acts of Paul are.

While I did not have enough room before, it looks like I have even less now so I am trying to consolidate and finding that I have many empty expansion boxes. I had kept them because they were part of the purchase as much as the contents but now wonder whether I should bother. Some are the small boxes that LCG expansions come in, others are large like all my Dominion expansion boxes.

I have never sold or traded away games, so I do not know if it matters to people who may play the games after me. (Collectors will just be out of luck no matter how you slice it.)

Please advise. Thanks in advance.
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Chris E
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I toss all boxes that aren't actually holding game contents. I waste enough space on this hobby as it is. >.>
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I have one spare box for extra random dice and one spare box for extra random cubes and pawns. All other extra boxes get tossed.
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Brian Minsker
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Most of my expansion boxes end up in the recycling. The exceptions are if it's a really well constructed box (can recycle to hold other games/PnPs with a sticker on it), if it's a game with several expansions that might need an extra box to hold the overflow (see Concordia), or if the art is just too good and I can't bear to toss it out.
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Toss them. It’s liberating!
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Discarding was my default choice. I am glad that I can save a few feet of shelf space. As it is, I know that the Kallax shelving I bought will be double depth with games.
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There is a Geeklist for people either looking for, or offering, empty game boxes. I have utilized this list several times, helping people with boxes I no longer needed. This is much better then just tossing them away:

Resource list-- I just want the box!

Good luck!
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It’s a great feeling tossing empty expansion boxes once you do it. No reason to be precious about empty cardboard.
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Repurpose them.
Enough waste as is.
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If you toss, please use your local recycling services.
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Razoupaf wrote:
Repurpose them.
Enough waste as is.

Along these lines, I've used them to make bit boxes for the components, dividers, that type of thing.
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benjamininja wrote:
Toss them. It’s liberating!

This. I used to hold on to all those boxes as well for "someday". "Someday" never came and so I condensed all my games and freed up a significant amount of space for new ones other stuff.
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I repurpose all my spare boxes for general storage or PnP games, projects in progress, etc. If I want them again for some reason in the future, they're still around, but can be useful in the interim.
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If the art is REALLY good you can make some framed art out of them. if the art sucks but they made a really good box I have sprayed painted them the put a polyurethane on and re-purpose them for other things before.
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Eraelan wrote:
I used to hold on to all those boxes as well for "someday".

Is it embarrassing to admit that I keep the shipping boxes that games are sent to me in for the same "someday" reason?

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dlow wrote:
...I keep the shipping boxes that games are sent to me in for the same "someday" reason?

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I keep the best-of-the-best shipping boxes for wrapping Christmas and birthday presents.

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wolfthatwonders wrote:
If the art is REALLY good you can make some framed art out of them. if the art sucks but they made a really good box I have sprayed painted them the put a polyurethane on and re-purpose them for other things before.

I’m actually hanging on to my Sentinels of the Multiverse boxes for this reason exactly.
 
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To the trash (or recycle) all of them.

Free yourself.
 
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If I am able to pack the expansion content in the base game box, then straight to the recycle bin. Shelve space is a precious commodity and expansion boxes are just wasted space.
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I keep most boxes as there's an 8" gap down the side of the metal shelving unit I put inside a closet where my games live so they all get stuffed down the side out of sight "just in case".

The one exception is I finally got the courage to dispose of my arkham horror Campaign starter boxes which were just flimsy card anyways, I cut the front panel off and recycled the rest. the front panels now serve as dividers in the sleeved portfolio binder I use to store the scenario booklets.

I kept the "return to" boxes though as they have value for storage or resale even though all of my Arkham content is stored in for-purpose wooden storage boxes and i think i still have all the paper inserts for the mythos packs in case I decide to use the artwork for anything.
 
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I chuck them unless they are a convenient size for re-using inside other game boxes, e.g. to hold tiles. But I would not keep a lot of them if unused, just my favourite ones.

If buying a game second-hand including expansions, it would not bother me if the expansion boxes were not included.

It is a shame to chuck boxes out, but if they are taking up too much space...
 
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Sometimes I use the boxes to wrap (hide) other presents. Especially, if it’s for another BGG user.
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I've gotten better about throwing out unnecessary boxes and useless inserts. I have kept a few boxes that are either really good, really well built, or potentially saleable, but if i can get everything into one box, I'll ditch the rest.
My thoughts were that in most cases, if I sell/trade the game, it'll be the whole package, and while some may miss the expansion box, my having everything in one box could be considered a benefit. Plus, I'll be honest, I don't sell a lot of games, and the ones I do, I sell at fire sale prices for the most part.
I thought about carving out the art part but I've got four things to hang on the wall that have been pending for a year so I don't need to add to that queue.
(and by toss, I do mean into the recycling.)
When I realized I could store 15 empty boxes or 15 full boxes, it was an easy decision.
I fully believe that as time passes, 'stuff' expands to fill 110% of the allotted space.
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Denis P
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There is a Facebook group where people buy and sell empty game boxes. I've seen some boardgame cafes looking for things to decorate their shelves.
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