I wanted to get some views on the forum about whether there is much benefit in keeping original packaging - mainly with a view to influencing resale value. I keep everything including sale receipt - lenses + bodies, even PS cameras. Resale value is higher when you have all these.
For lenses, these are unlikely to get sold, as they have a much longer period from purchase to replacement, but that is generally less true for bodies. As a result, my thinking is that there may be some benefit in keeping the original boxes from bodies, but not from lenses.
Ditto. I keep boxes for all kinds of things. Stereos, cameras, etc. In general, if it's worth more than $100 and I think I'll be selling it someday, I keep the box protected/covered in the attic.
I look at it this way. When I buy used, (and I buy used a lot), the seller having all the paperwork, packing, box, manuals, etc tells me that they are like me and are hopefully discriminating, responsible and they take good care of their toys. I rarely buy a $1000+ used lens from someone who hasn't saved the box unless it's one hell of a deal. (Most sellers are not good packers either.) OTOH, buying from someone without the box might just indicate that the item sits in a pile of clothes on the floor or on top of a dresser somewhere gathering dust. Who knows? I just know that in my experience with a lot of people over my life, people with personalities that keep boxes typically take better care of their stuff than the people that toss boxes. The box tossing type folks I knew in my youth were the same ones that spent a lot of time pawning their stuff to pay the rent. (No offense intended to anyone.)
Keeping the box indicates the seller planned to sell something? Come on. Everything gets sold someday. There's no question most of my stuff will get sold someday, even if it's at my estate sale. Passing it on to the next owner in good condition with the same box and protection I received it in just makes good sense and it does increase the resale price. At the very least, it sets my boxed item apart/above the competing items that are being sold at the time. It sends the message to the buyer that I take care of my stuff and I want it to be sold with the same care so the next buyer can continue to take good care of it.
So like most folks on this forum, keep the boxes and use them when you are ready to sell to increase the price and likelihood you will sell it.