Should You Keep Your TV Box for Moving? And for How Long?

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What To Know

  • Keep your new TV box for at least a month to ensure the TV works properly and to facilitate potential returns or future moving.
  • Retaining the original TV box simplifies moving and increases the TV’s resale value, offering better protection than alternative packing methods.
  • If moving by van or airplane, using the original TV box ensures safe transport and may be required by airlines for shipping.

In this article, I’ll help you decide whether to keep your TV’s original box and for how long, especially if you’re contemplating a future move or a potential resale.

Let’s find out if keeping that TV box is worth the space it occupies!

Should I Keep My New TV Box?

55-inch TV carried by a man

Yes, you should keep your new TV box for some time after buying it. 

It’s not a good idea to immediately chuck out your new TV box. 

You may need the box if you move to a new house, want to return your TV, or find that your new set is faulty.  

How Long Should I Keep My TV Box For?

A man repack a TV

Keep your new TV box for at least a month. 

TV boxes tend to be pretty bulky, so it’s challenging and unnecessary to keep them until you buy a new TV. 

However, it is a good idea to store your TV box for at least a month, until you’re sure that your TV is running smoothly and you confirm you don’t want to return it. 

You also may want to keep it longer if you plan on moving soon or frequently resell your televisions.  

Benefits of Keeping Original Boxes

There are several benefits to keeping your electronic’s original boxes. 

Although keeping your device’s boxes may seem useless, it’s a good idea for a couple of reasons

Let’s learn why you may want to postpone your trip to the recycling bins and hold on to your TV box a little longer. 

It’s Easier to Move

A couple carrying a box of TV to their car

Although you can buy boxes for moving, it’s easier to pack your electronic devices in their original packaging. For instance, you won’t have to worry about labeling them so the moving crew knows they’re carrying fragile cargo. 

You also won’t have to worry about finding the right-sized moving box, since the electronics will fit perfectly into their original packaging. 

If you can, it’s also a good idea to use the original foam packaging that came in the device’s box, since it will protect it from being damaged while ensuring your device is not shaken around inside the box. 

It’s Easier to Return the TV 

A man return a TV

You may buy a new TV and decide that it doesn’t fit in your space or that the image quality isn’t quite what you expected it to be. 

It’s also possible that your TV could be faulty (e.g. lagging, dead pixels, not turning on, etc). 

Returning something will be a lot easier if you have its original packaging. In fact, many stores will not accept the merchandise or issue a refund if you do not bring it back to the store in its original packaging coupled with the receipt. 

For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep the receipt inside the box and hold on to it for at least a month until you know everything is working properly and you’re pleased with your purchase. 

It Will Increase the TV’s Value If You Decide to Sell It

Boxes of TV

If you do decide to resell your electronics, selling them in their original packaging will increase their resale value. 

This means you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck, just because you kept the original box. 

It will also be easier to ship to the buyer if you’re selling it online, like on eBay. 

Do I Need To Keep the TV Box for Moving?

It’s a good idea to keep the TV box for moving. 

Let’s look at how keeping a TV box can be helpful if you move with a moving van or on an airplane. 

Moving with a Van or Car

A couple moving a TV by car

Moving vans are usually jam-packed with a household’s most precious items, including their TV. 

If you’re moving in a hurry, it may be difficult to find a box for your TV in time for moving day. You could wrap your TV in blankets, towels, and bubble wrap, but it won’t offer as much security as the original packaging will. 

So, to make moving as easy as possible, it’s a good idea to keep the TV’s box. All you must do is wrap it with a foam sheath and bubble wrap, slide it into the box, and tape it shut. 

If you have any friends helping you move, they’ll know to handle it carefully and won’t place other items on top of it thinking it’s a wooden table top rather than an expensive flatscreen. 

You can also ensure there will be enough room in the box to pack your TV’s cables with it, so they don’t get lost along the way. 

Moving on an Airplane

Volaris Plane

Many airlines dictate that the TV must be shipped in its original packaging. Therefore, it may be essential to have your TV box if you want to take it with you cross country. 

Also, airport staff tend to be a little heavy-handed when carrying and moving luggage, but a TV box should deter them from throwing it onto the moving carousel like they normally would. 

Note: You can take a TV on an airplane as long as it’s smaller than the airline’s weight and size limits. If your TV is larger than the size and weight limits, you may need to pay an additional fee to take it onboard. 

Wrapping Things Up

A couple buying a new TV

TV boxes are bulky, so it’s understandable that you’d want to throw them away as soon as you unpack your new television. However, there are a few good reasons to keep them for just a little while longer. 

If you find out that something’s wrong with your shiny new TV, you aren’t satisfied with it, or you’re planning on moving in the near future, it may be a good idea to wait a month or so before throwing away the original packaging. 

How long do you usually keep your new TV boxes? Let us know in the comments below! 

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One Comment

  1. I keep my boxes for everything. I just bought a 70” TV and asked here If I should keep it. I will and slide it under a bed. It’s so big I can’t spare garage space. I have 3 others that I have kept.. tossing my Ninja blender box as it works great. I’ve had it for several years and at this point shoot me if I EVER say I want to move again (my movers are coming in 2 days…lol). I’m glad I kept the box for my air fryer (over a year) because there was a recall. Made it so Much easier!!
    I’ll go check my box stash now and purge!!!!
    Thanks for your help!!!

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