This is pretty off topic, but I figured my Vita peeps would understand my pain more than anyone.
I have Shiren the Wanderer (complete) for Wii and two copies of Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer on DS, but cart only. For several years now the Vintage Stock by my house has had a complete copy of the DS game, but I could never justify paying $15 for a third copy of the game just for the case and manual.
Yesterday I got a B1G1 coupon in my email. Since I also needed a new PS2 controller and it's the same price as Shiren, I saw this as the stars aligning. (Especially since a new Shiren game just came out today.) This was gonna be the perfect Shiren day.
So I swung by the store after work - and didn't see the DS games at all. I asked where they were, and an employee pointed into a glass shelf... where I saw a big ass box of cart-only DS games. I asked where the cases were, and the employee said they just got a new manager, who decided to save space by THROWING. THEM. ALL. AWAY.
My head imploded reading that. I want to smack that manager up-side the head and ask him what he was thinking.
What a waste. I know how you feel. Way back in the 90s, I "rescued" many boxed/complete (or just empty boxes, with or without manuals) NES games. Mostly from EB Games. Not long after I did that, they threw away all the NES boxes (probably nationwide). Tons of classic gaming boxes and manuals were lost in those days.
Unfortunately I destroyed many of my boxes back in the day too.. if only I could travel back in time. But I was just a dumb kid, the adults should've known better.