I'm facing an ugly truth.

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by desertrider, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. desertrider

    desertrider Member

    I've been in denial for some time. This week however, I've been confronted with a side of myself that is real, and that I've ardently worked at concealing. I've worked so hard at concealing it that I've fooled those closest to me into believing it is a characteristic strength, when in reality it's been a well orchestrated, yet frustratingly manic exercise in subversion and deceit.

    I have GPPH.

    I'm a gun product packaging hoarder.

    I've fooled my wife into thinking that I am a master organizer. She's impressed by how I never leave things out and I always keep my stuff neatly tucked into storage tubs on the racks in our garage. If she knew it was just empty packaging I would never hear the end of it.

    I don't keep packaging for anything else, in fact, it hits the bin as soon as possible. For some reason, though, if it is gun related I hurriedly sequester it away like a squirrel storing nuts for a long winter.

    I really need to let some, maybe most of this stuff go.

    But it's sooo hard.

    What brought this sudden revelation to light? We just had new garage doors installed, and I had to clear everything within eight feet of the garage doors away for installation of the new doors. The track for the new doors now means that I've lost the entire top row of space for my tubs. That's three large tubs that I no longer have room for.

    I've got the shakes like a heroin addict on his second day locked in a methadone clinic.:(
  2. planosteve

    planosteve Lifetime Supporter

    They are just boxes, recycle them so they can live on. :)

  3. Outlaw

    Outlaw Supporting Member

    Easier said than done :(
  4. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

    NE Utah
    Only keep the "collector value" boxes.;)

    I keep the CZ boxes...they cost more.:p

    Most of my guns were bought used...no boxes!:p

    HP boxes...GONE.

    Stuff for the reloading,, scopes, etc...GONE!
    But I do have a file folder with instructions, manuals, etc.
  5. desertrider

    desertrider Member

    I know the origin of my problem.

    It's a combination of wanting to get back as much of my investment as I can, and good marketing habits.

    When my main hobby was motorcycles, I kept the packaging for accessories too, because I knew I could get a higher bid on ebay if I pictured the stuff all clean and shiny with packaging and instructions/receipts included.

    With dirt bikes, accessories left on the bike are a huge loss. I would strip the goodies, put the stock stuff back on, and then sell the accessories for almost as much as they cost me. Then the bike would be sold looking as close to stock as possible, which to most buyers means a clean slate to work with. I was fine with doing that because I knew for a fact that the bikes were always meticulously maintained and mechanically sound.

    I dragged that mentality with me to the gun realm, though I admit I haven't sold off any of my guns that I've modded.
  6. This sounds serious. I wonder if there is a GPPH Anonymous that could help you with this??
  7. desertrider

    desertrider Member


    Sounds like a potential career option.

    With my experience I could be the Grand Yogi. :D
  8. moona11

    moona11 King of you Monkeys Lifetime Supporter

    And I thought I had it rough. I feel for you.
  9. Tribes

    Tribes Supporting Member

    It's heart breaking. I know. I have LOFT disease.
    Could a been a Professional Baseball Player.
    Team Doctor said I have LOFT disease.
    Is that serious, I asked.
    In your case yes He replied.

    You have "Lack Of F!!!ing Talent"!:rofl:

    Throw the Mit and ball away and move on.:eek:
  10. desertrider

    desertrider Member

    LOFT, huh? Must be a specialized condition.

    Hell, I'm loaded with it. :eek:
  11. desertrider

    desertrider Member

    Ha! Nope.

    I'm just goofin' about an embarrassing trait.

    You're dealing with life. I wish you had my "problem" instead, I really do.
  12. rickm

    rickm Member

    Not going to say anything cause i TO keep alot of the boxes that my gun stuff comes in for that just in case i decide to sell it later.
  13. desertrider

    desertrider Member

    Well, guess the sickness is a little more pervasive than I thought.:eek:

    Kind of looks like a military surplus store eviscerated itself and puked it's contents onto my garage floor...


    I think it's time for a yard sale before my wife contacts A&E to film an episode of Hoarders about me.

    Sad thing is that all of this stuff has been packed away and not even used in a while. Time to do some house cleaning.

    GLUGLUG Supporting Member

    Dude this is an easy fix. Go to the LGS, buy lots of sticky backed targets, attach them to all of your packaging, proceed to "recycle" them
  15. undeRGRound

    undeRGRound ROLL wif Da MOLE! Supporting Member

    I can tell you, that is the right way to do it. I sold some guns for my son,
    and he just wanted to see them "as-is" and I told him I would part them
    out and get jsut as much for the gun, and then accessories separate.
    I got top dollar for the AR (at the time) and did well on parts too :D
    He had sold an M&P9c for barely 1/2 what he had in it, PLUS 2 extra
    mags and X-Grips (to use the full size mags) Someone got a Great Deal
    on that used 9c, I'ma Sayin'! I did not let him "give away" his G20,
    Well, Yes I Did, TO ME!!! :D ($400 actually) ;)
  16. MaryB

    MaryB Supporting Member

    Have a yard sale here, never know what a member may need for their hoarding obsession!

  17. gasman42

    gasman42 Member

    I feel your pain I do it with knife boxes lol..
  18. shepherd321

    shepherd321 Supporting Member

    Thats like 1 gun shows take.
    Anyway, I could quit anytime I want to.
  19. rmuniz9336

    rmuniz9336 Member

    I've kept the boxes myself for my shotgun, my lever action, and my carbine. All others have gone away.
  20. undeRGRound

    undeRGRound ROLL wif Da MOLE! Supporting Member

    You're Not Helping,

    "R-Munnie$" :rofl: