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Keep Gadget Boxes For the Serial Numbers in Case You Get Robbed

Geek Tip: Keep Your Gadget Boxes . . . Just in Case

This tip is kind of hard for me to write because I'm very big on recycling any cardboard box that comes through my door and can't be used as storage (when you live in a small place and love buying new gadgets, they tend to pile up).

But when TeamSugar member lydiat had her house broken into recently, she benefited from having held on to the boxes her gadgets came in.

The officer helping lydiat was able to get the serial number for each item from the boxes, making it so if the gadgets are recovered, they'll be able to tell which are hers from the numbers. Of course, if you're short on space, you could also just cut the numbers off the boxes.

Sadly, even though lydiat has employed additional super-geeky ways to find her old gadgets, none have shown up yet.

Oh, and a lesson lydiat and I both learned from this debacle: get renter's insurance immediately.

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mouldy mouldy 8 years
i hold on to the boxes just in case i want to sell them off. the value goes up abit when it comes complete with the manual and softwares etc etc.
Segat1 Segat1 8 years
@starangel82 Yeah, I send it to my gmail account. Cloud computing is the way forward!
tinabeana tinabeana 8 years
I kind of went crazy with our disaster preparedness but we live in an old house in SoCal and have a ton of electronics. I keep pictures, serial numbers, scanned receipts and other data in an access database that I update constantly and print out every time daylight saving ends or begins (the same time I rotate food out of the disaster kit and change the smoke alarm battery) and I send a copy to my out of state contact and keep one in the safe at work. Yes I know I'm OCD but when our house gets broken into or the earthquake kits, I know we're covered! I also keep the boxes for everything. Our garage looks like a kind of like warehouse. I think it ups the value of the item if I decide to sell it on eBay. Also if we move again I won't have to worry that my monitor isn't packed well enough to hold up in transit because it will be packed in the same box it arrived in.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
As far as the emailing idea goes, it's good, but what if your computer gets stolen? If you use web based email, it doesn't matter. If you use something like Outlook, then it does.
VeeKeeTee VeeKeeTee 8 years
i hold on to the boxes because i'm a hoarder
kelekter kelekter 8 years
If you've already taken pictures of your stuff, you're halfway there to creating a home inventory. The software program Collectify Home Inventory automatically creates inventory items once you drag and drop the images in. Just add the serial # once that's done. It's easy to create a claim report either for the police or your insurer afterward.
bento-barista bento-barista 8 years
Yeah. My house was broken into on Monday and they took all of my brothers game consoles. At least, he still had most of the boxes. We'll just have to wait and see now if it helps.
shoegirl365 shoegirl365 8 years
Segat1 great idea, I have just been keeping them on my documents on the computer, but e-mailing is even better :)
Segat1 Segat1 8 years
Each new item I get, I email the serial number, order ref and any other details top my email account. Then it's always one file :)
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
Ugh don't let my husband read this! He wants to keep the boxes for EVERYTHING FOREVER. Sorry, we just don't have room to keep all this crap! I agree with everyone else; record the number somehow and trash the boxes.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Take pictures of everything in your apartment/house and keep a list of all serial numbers in a lock box outside your home (like the bank). Then you don't have to keep the boxes.
T-S T-S 8 years
Yeah, why not just take a picture? And yes, get renter's insurance! It is such a good deal.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
i scan it after i've cut it out just so i have a digital copy too...
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