I am with SVTmaniac on this, if all things are equal I would go with the lens that comes with the original box and documentation. RHChan84 and kin2son both make good points too. As some have said, if space is an issue, you have to get rid of the boxes. I personally have space to store the boxes, so I save them. There's a guy on Craigslist right now selling camera and lens boxes. Here's what he's asking. Unsure if he's getting what he's asking, but if he's getting close to that I might sell my boxes as well. I'm into guns, and some gun people actually collect gun, and bullet boxes, even new gun boxes sell for $25 each. -rick
Canon Camera Boxes for Sale. 5D Mk111 With Manuals $50, 1DX (2) $95EA.
24-70 MK11 $45, 70-200 2.8 MK11 $45, 200 2.8 MK11 $45, 24 1.4 MK11,$45,
70-300 IS $35, 50 1.2, $45, 85 1.2MK11, $45 580 EX 11 BOX, MANUAL, STAND $25
24-105 $45, Leave phone number if interested.
SVTmaniac wrote in post #15459219
I take excellent care of my gear, and part of that is keeping all of it's original boxes, instructions and accessories. When it comes time to buy used gear I only buy from people who are like me as I know they are more likely to have taken proper care of their stuff. I'm not saying people who throw the boxes away don't take good care of their stuff but it's harder for me to believe it if they can't even keep the box it came in.
RHChan84 wrote in post #15459286
I keep them so if I decided to sell them, the box with the styrofoam is a good start to pack the item.
kin2son wrote in post #15459342
You might not get more from your sale, but I think having the box definitely makes it easier to sell than one without.
Imo box is part of the product. If you are in the market to buy a lens, and you come across 2 sellers selling the same lens, similar condition and price. One comes with box and all its accessories and one without. Which one would you choose?