Who cares about the original box and papers anyway?

I get how an action figure in it's original box and unopened can fetch more money but why does the original box and paperwork become so value added for stereo gear?  I would value the original owners manual or service manual or schematics if they are not available anywhere else. And even then I would only be interested in the information so it wouldn't have to be original.

The inclusion of these extras always seems to bring a much higher price. An example is a piece of gear in 8/10 condition with the extras selling for , $XXX. Then the same gear in 9/10 condition but without the extras selling for less. Personally, I'd prefer to have the gear in 9/10 condition without the original box or paperwork. The only value the original box has for me is the fact that so many other people want the box....why?

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