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Hi everyone- I know this topic has been discussed in the past, not sure where, please forgive me if so. But can you all tell me a bit about your thoughts on box condition and its importance? It seems that more and more, I read so many comments about the importance of box condition to so many AFOLs, and it is starting to concern me a bit. Being new to the hobby in the past year and seeing so many new AFOLs lately, I can't help but wonder if this box condition thing is becoming a bigger and bigger issue of late. I fear that the Lego hobby may someday (if it isn't already to some degree) going the way of baseball cards, license plates, and so many other collectibles where more people getting into the hobby>condition becomes a bigger issue>items not in perfect condition have little value. You get into the hobby late, and you thought your collection is awesome, only to find out that your items arent' perfect and seasoned collectors turn up their nose at it. Now with baseball cards etc, I can see this as the value of the item is only in its display value- but of course Lego is a totally different animal in that respect. Which is what I have thought is so great about the Lego hobby- it isn't and can't become all about "mint condition" anymore as it isn't about display value, but the contents inside, hence insulating the collector/reseller from a great deal of the downside risk of collecting. As long as you have all the bricks, and the box is sealed, you're good to go, right? Or so I thought until recently...
Is it my imagination, or is this box thing starting get out of hand? Is this starting to be a bigger deal with Lego, or has it always been this way, where you have just a small subset of collectors who get worked up about box condition? Show of hands- how many people on this board are like me and care very little about box condition? I care to some degree (insofar as it affects my resale value), but I can't imagine, for instance, not ordering from Amazon if it's a great deal because I'm afraid the box won't be perfect. What are all of your thoughts? I would especially like to hear from some folks like myself, just to make sure they do exist! Or am I in the minority here?