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Quite tempted to mess with some of those who worry about these things and make some unboxing videos that involved shredding the box to open it.
They are far too noisy as well, trying to keep purchases a secret isn't easy at night, they're like a beacon.
I do keep the box if I haven't bought a set for spare parts and I haven't already got that box stored away somewhere. That allows me to display a theme or range that I have collected whether or not some sets have already been opened.
I always keep at least one copy of any manual. I rarely use stickers anymore but aways keep unused sticker sheets.
The older sticker sheets have the code on if you ever want to get more, they get kept!
But seriously, I throw them away along with the boxes. And I dump the extra pieces in my MOC pieces piles. I decided not to keep the boxes and bags a long time ago...to almost combat my OCD. I have to draw the line with myself somewhere.
Then my next question is, how do you guys open the bags? Very extra carefully with a penknife/scissors and cut a perfect opening that is not too big and not too small?
For me I just rip open the bags with my bare hands in any way I can, after which they will not be in any state that is worth keeping.
And to answer your other question, no, I don't open them with tweezers or anything. I just open them at the top the way you'd open a packet of crisps. I try not to tear the bag down the side but it happens sometimes. It doesn't bother me at all.
Also, I don't always use the stickers, or I'll use some but not all, and even though I very much doubt I'll ever put the unused ones on, I have to save the sheet with the instructions. Just in case. It goes against the grain to throw it away.
Whilst we are talking about the numbered bags, has anybody noticed the changes to them? The new white strip with the number on? Any idea why the change?
First sets I noticed this on I think were the Scooby Doo theme last year, though admittedly I don't always build a new set straight away.
And it's odd, not necessarily all the bags are the same in a set, some have the new white strip some not.
Surely, having all this original material will increase the eventual sale value in the future, right? Right?
Since I'm keeping all the boxes intact right now, it doesn't hurt anything to keep these with the sets. Once I decide to flatten or nest-store all my boxes for more efficient storage (I'm still working on getting the Lego basement set up in my not-quite-so-new home), I imagine all this stuff may get "relocated" somewhere else...
Many of the parts orders I received from BL/BO arrived packaged in resealed numbered Lego bags. So if you're in that business, that's a nice way to reduce/reuse/recycle the original Lego packaging.
I am intrigued - for those keeping the bags, why do you keep them? Will you decant the bricks back into them if you dismantle the model (sounds like a bit of a nightmare tbh, taking apart a model in the reverse order to make sure the right stuff is in the right bag), or is it a way of making sure the set is more 'complete', for your own sake or someone else's if you decide to sell it?
Used sticker sheets go in the bin, numbered bags go in the recycling.
I honestly can't imagine any scenario where I would need the numbered bags again.
BTW, I also do the the ziplock bag into the original box when I breakdown a set too.
Guess I'm not hard core....