Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Choose or Lose


Do you keep product boxes/packaging?

  • Sometimes, but only really pretty/well-done packaging. (61%, 1,729 Votes)
  • Never! (22%, 621 Votes)
  • Yes, definitely! (17%, 479 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (0%, 14 Votes)

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36 thoughts on “Do you keep product boxes/packaging?

  1. I do like to keep packaging but its a recent thing. I used to always throw it away but now I tend to keep it if its something worth keeping. Maybe a special bundle of polish packaging, or if its just really cute, for electronics I always keep them, but other wise its really just sometimes.

  2. i feel so stupid but i always save almost ever packaging. I have a full drawer full of it! I like to save it tho in-case I do a review of it on my youtube channel =)

  3. Tiffany

    I keep it. It’s such a terrible habit of mine to keep the boxes for makeup product. I should really recycle all of them because it’s not like they serve any purpose :P

  4. Yeah, it depends on what it is. Because the numbers on the bottom of the makeups wear out. So sometimes it’s good to have the package for what color u need. Ty.

  5. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Sarah Sarah A.

    The only packaging I kept were the boxes from the Venomous Villains line, since I’m such a Disney nut, but generally I throw boxes out. I might let them sit on my counter for a week or two if it’s really pretty, but after that, it goes in the recycling.

    • Carrie

      Pretty much the same here! I just don’t have the space for the packaging, but made an exception for the Venomous Villains boxes because they were so kick ass.

  6. Only if I think I might decide to return the item. As soon as I opt to keep it I toss the packaging. My small apartment is already bursting at the seams with stuff.

  7. i started to keep the packages for the lipsticks and lipglosses, because i am going to cut 1cm from the top, then glue them together to keep my lip products organised :)

  8. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Catherine Bethany

    I keep all my product boxes. No idea why, it’s some kind of packrat thing I do.

  9. Megan

    At first I tried keeping everything nice and neat in the packaging but I found that I never would use anything if it was still boxed up so I keep the boxes in a separate drawer in case I ever want to sell something then I can put it back in the box.

  10. BethM

    Why on earth would anyone want to save the packaging????? I do not need trash cluttering up my house. 99.5% of all packaging goes straight into the recycling or trash bin.

    Every once in a while, something will come in a box that is actually useful, and I’ll keep that if I can find something to do with it. I’ve still got my tin from the Tartan Tale mini pigments (threw out the insert), but if I can’t find a use for it by the end of the year, that will go in the trash, too.

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Azabeth Amy P

    I keep all packaging for about a month in case I decide to return something. After that I toss it, with the exception of amazingly cute brands like Sugarpill and Tokidoki, or special MAC packaging like Liberty of London or Venomous Villains.

  12. tg

    I don’t want to, but many times I do because I’m fickle and if I want to swap or sell a product, for some reason the box makes a huge difference to people. But I hate all of the boxes taking up space in my storage unit, because I don’t keep the makeup in there. I need to grab it fast and not mess around with opening up boxes each time!

  13. Seneca

    Only if it is a product I have never used before and might need to return it in case I have a bad reaction or the product doesn’t work as promised; otherwise I recycle packaging

  14. sophie

    only when i can do use it like the tins from tartan tale pigments or the paint cans from barbie and stilla

  15. Kayla

    Never because if I keep one thing, I doubt I’ll be able to throw out other things. I’m a packrat, so I have to just keep it simple with a no-keep rule for the packaging!! :)

  16. Heather

    Only for really great packages like the VV stuff.

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Melissa divinem (Melissa)

    Still haven’t let go of my Baroque Boudoir packaging. It’s so ridiculous. Sigh.

  18. Marcela

    I only keep MAC packaging from limited editions/collections (Liberty of London, Venomous Villains, Hello Kitty, etc.) because I’m a graphic designer and have a huge appreciation for package design.

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of LU LU

    If its a Limited Edition product I usually keep the packaging whereas I might throw away the boxes for permanent products. I always keep permanent packaging for 30-60 days so I can return a product if I don’t like it.

  20. Simone

    My Labrador gets them to play with! he loves boxes.

  21. I keep it because the sticker with themanufacturing date and price is normally on the boxso I like to compare. I do store the lil boxes in the larger ones though eg quite a few lipstick boxes can fit into a loose powder box takes up less space!

  22. Annick Chantal L. H.

    I am packaging with joy and note the day I purchased my cosmetics….. Yes I know, I know….

  23. Sometimes…I keep them for eyeshadows and powders just in case I need them for a new storage idea. It’s beginning to become a storage issue keeping them so I may just throw them out. Pretty boxes, for example the MAC Venomous collection, I kept all boxes.

  24. I aways keep the packaging for my make up products because I need to see the expiration date or some other informations that the product may not have. But I keep them folded, not in the original shape, so I can save some space in the drawers. After the product is gone I recycle the boxes.

  25. Lauryn

    I keep all my new/unused items in their boxes. Once its used, it comes out of the box and the box goes into the recycle.

  26. I don’t always keep boxes, like most of the girls here said, I just hang on to the box until I decide I’m going to keep/return the product. The only exception is the shadow/color cards that come with every Urban Decay palette. I have a little stack of those hidden at the bottom of my underwear drawer. And they’ve really been useful when writing reviews on my site, because I have a tendency to de-pot all UD palettes and put them into magnetic shadow palettes. And while I can usually name a UD Eyeshadow color on first sight, it’s not so easy when you’re writing about it :)

  27. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Maja Maya

    I only keep the boxes from perfume bottles, solely for transporting them and keeping them out on my dresser while still blocking out sunlight!

  28. Rebecca

    I keep expensive product packaging

  29. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Elizabeth Lizzi

    I only keep the packaging if I’m not 100% certain I want to keep it. But I always save boxes to electronics (there’s this shelf in my closet thats’s STUFFED with boxes from Apple) and high end shoes, in case they might be on eBay someday. And I only keep tags/receipts for high end items for which there are a lot of counterfeits in the market. This is very true for perfume that I end up using half the bottle and then don’t care for it anymore. I sell it on eBay with the stuff and I tend to get about 30% then others with a comparable listing. Always keep the box your printer came in! These things are touchy and there are countless returns done on these that give the buyer a replacement at no cost under the manufactures warranty. Trust me, I work at Best Buy as a computer saleswoman. :)

  30. Soo

    I actually really like to keep packaging, but mainly of big palettes (like UD’s Book of Shadows). I don’t know what it is, cause it’s not like I really use the boxes afterwards.

  31. Stacia

    I always keep my products in their packaging/boxes. I find by doing this the products stay in more of their original condition. I like YSL/Chanel/Dior ect. They tend to show the finger prints more. Plus YSL has gold caseing so it helps keep the gold from fading.

    I also keep the product in it’s packaging when I take it with my in my handbag so it won’t scratch.

  32. Sometimes if the packaging looks really nice

  33. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Marianne Mar

    Sometimes, but only if the packaging is something special like the Venomous Villains. I usually throw them out straight away.

  34. Cat

    I keep all Rescue Beauty Lounge and Chanel boxes just in case I decide to swap them later on, because I think the recipient appreciates them, though I did not save packaging prior to swapping – well, there’s one exception: I saved the Liberty of London box of my Blue India nail polish, since I’m a Liberty fiend!