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Subject: To Restore the Box or Not to Restore the Box rss

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For old Avalon Hill bookcase games (and others, of course) where box corners are split, edges are worn, time has taken its toll... is it better to do some restoration work and then attempt to sell or just sell as is?

I am torn as a buyer. I might pay for a restored box as opposed to one that's falling apart at the seams but is "vintage."

What are the prevailing opinions?
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If you're going to do it well, go ahead.

If you're just going to use scotch tape, don't bother.

The price differential realized likely won't be worth your time, though.
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When selling games I've always described how it was falling apart and offered expert repair services prior to shipment at no expense. I've never had someone take me up on the offer because they prefer to fix it themselves. Why trust someone else to do it? Now.... if I was providing a picture of the broken down box vs. the nicely repaired box... maybe that'd affect the price... but honestly, how would you know without selling 20+ units of repaired vs. not repaired? I wouldn't bother.
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I repair split corners using the method described below:

Repairing Boxes

and then state in the listing that the corner was repaired using a jig to square it. Most often I'd rather not buy something that other have tried repairing because the job is often less than optimal and the results are permanent.

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Ok.
So it is sounding like restoring the box would/should just be a labor of love and not make too much of a difference to a prospective buyer.

Thanks, folks!
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