I’ve been asked many times what I do with all my figure boxes (since I save them all). Well since the basement flooded last season I store them as you see above 🙂 . Each of those bins costs me $6.50 and it really adds up when I have a lot of them but I think it’s worth it! Not only can I stack them real high to allow more storage space but they’re safe from water. I’m also moving soon and having all my figures in their boxes in these bins will give me great peace of mind, not only because I feel that they’re safer, but it’s easier to track all my figures in the move.
So I go to obviously I go to great lengths to preserve my boxes…so when I get a box with damage I’m a bit sad. There is no point to all the effort I go to in order to keep boxes safe if I start out with a damaged crappy box to begin with. Why do I keep my boxes in great condition? They retain more value that way and I like knowing that their value is still a nice amount because I have the box. You might be surprised how well a figure sells on eBay even if you admit that you’ve had it on a shelf for a few months but have the original box and will pack it up like new. The few figures I decided to weed out of my collection all sold for equal or more then what I paid under those conditions.
BUT I will say the store did offer a partial refund on both figures which I accepted (they actually contacted me about 1 minute before I was going to hit publish on this post, so it now has a more positive tone to it, not that I was neccessarily going to bash anyone before). That was enough to appease me, I don’t feel as cheated if I’ve at least paid less. Now I would prefer to get an undamaged box but since it was the last Miku figure a partial refund is acceptable. I had the option of exchanging Riannon but decided against it because the damage on her isn’t as bad and she cost $35 to begin with, so getting $8 off is a nice percentage off. But if I were the type of collector that displayed my figures in boxes I’d probably just return both of them, even if it meant not owning a Miku figure.
So are you alright with damaged boxes as long as you receive a discount?