Why engrave electronics?

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    Mar 16, 2012 4:33 PM GMT
    Following from another site. Engraving an iPhone or iPad makes little sense to me. I can understand it with jewelry, if you're into that, or a fine watch that you would expect to keep for years, but electronics? We generally hold onto portable electronics 1 maybe 2 years, and the engraving tanks the resale value if you choose to sell it.

    Ok so I lined up this morning to get my 32 gb ipad3 and I was very happy. That was until my girlfriend saw it . You see the thing is she ordered me a secret ENGRAVED iPad 2 for my birthday next week .

    My understanding is I can not return the engraved iPad so I will effectively have to downgrade to the iPad 2 after spending time with the iPad 3 .

    Any bright ideas

    No I can't give one to her and I can't keep both either .

    Is the no engraved returns policy set in stone ????

    Ahhhh what to do . I really love the updated screen .

    Please guys and girls help me out
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    Mar 16, 2012 4:57 PM GMT
    i have had my phone # & last name engraved on every iPod I've ever bought just in case I lose it
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    Mar 16, 2012 5:10 PM GMT
    jbinchlt saidi have had my phone # & last name engraved on every iPod I've ever bought just in case I lose it


    What if you want to sell it later? Better to put a removable sticker with that information on it.
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    Mar 16, 2012 6:02 PM GMT
    wrestlervic said
    jbinchlt saidi have had my phone # & last name engraved on every iPod I've ever bought just in case I lose it

    What if you want to sell it later? Better to put a removable sticker with that information on it.

    Then the bad guys who steal it, or the unethical person who finds a lost one, just peals off the sticker.

    The iPad is a lot smaller and easier to steal than most of my electronics. I keep my iPhone in my pocket or hold it in my hand, but the iPad will be used out in the open, easy for a grab & run. If the thief is apprehended the engraving provides quick & irrefutable evidence of ownership.

    While I do tend to replace most of my stuff fairly often (computers at 2-3 years, smartphones annually), I never resell them, so my name on them isn't a problem for me.
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    Mar 17, 2012 8:58 AM GMT
    Really?!!
    It's a gift. You didn't spend any money on it. If you chose to resell it down the road, even if you only resell it for $0.01, you still come out ahead.
    Whoever wrote that is a serious douche. He should consider himself lucky that someone is willing to put up with his bs AND buy him a present. Geez!

    Why not engrave an electronic gift? It says "I really love you..for the next year or two." And when it's time for your lover to upgrade, you can reevaluate how you feel about him.
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    Mar 17, 2012 9:03 AM GMT
    I've never understood it either. I haven't been one to use personal electronics as a status symbol, which I think this personalized engraving panders to.

    Sure, maybe for a gift... but I'm more a traditionalist in that way.

    For me, tech is only a tool of the trade.
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    Mar 17, 2012 9:08 AM GMT
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    intensity69 saidI've never understood it either. I haven't been one to use personal electronics as a status symbol, which I think this personalized engraving panders to.

    Sure, maybe for a gift... but I'm more a traditionalist in that way.

    For me, tech is only a tool of the trade.
    Besides, fellatio lasts longer anyway.


    Ding Ding Ding!!!

    And you can give/receive it far more often! icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 17, 2012 9:41 AM GMT
    I keep my stuff until it breaks, so the engraving doesn't matter since I recycle the broken one for a discount on the new one. If they offered in-store engraving on apple stuff is totally get it done though.