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To Engrave or Not Engrave?

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trlyka Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Mar 17, 2011 12:05 PM
When I received my iPad for Christmas, my husband had it engraved. I thought it was a nice, thoughtful touch. I'm getting him one for his 40th bday and I am having second thoughts on getting it engraved. Mainly because of what I read about it here:

http://www.tuaw.com/2010/10/26/apple-now-offering-ipad-engraving/

Has anyone got engraving done and had regrets? Or vice versa? I know it's a good way to show it belongs to you, but the link points out the negative aspects too.

Thanks
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 12:10 PM (in response to trlyka)
    If you think he'll return it don't get it engraved. Personally, I doubt he will want to return it. Also, if I was going to buy a used iPad, engraving wouldn't stop me unless it was something really awful.
    Windows 7, iPad 3G, iPhone 4
  • rimshaker Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 1:06 PM (in response to trlyka)
    I know it's the thought that counts but... personally i wouldnt be permanently engraving names on "new" tech toys... they get obsolete too quick.
    iPhone 3G, iPad 2, Windows 7
  • WBmacUser Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 1:52 PM (in response to trlyka)
    It "may" hurt the resale value if you ever plan on selling it on eBay. I skipped the engraving for that reason, but if you think you'll always hold onto it, then go for it.
    MB Pro, iMac, iPhone4, iPhone3, Ipad1
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 2:01 PM (in response to trlyka)
    I'd say go for it. If it goes to a family member, they will always remember where it came from.
    Windows 7, iPad 3G, iPhone 4
  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 2:37 PM (in response to trlyka)
    Go for it... Nobody sells a gift... especially a husband.... And 40 too
    G-4 1.2 GIG, 1.5 GIGs of Ram, Mac OS X (10.5.8), FCS2, nano 5th, iPad 1 WiFi, iPad 2 3G, Apple TV 2
  • pvonk Level 6 Level 6 (13,670 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 2:38 PM (in response to WBmacUser)
    Yes, my wife has just gone through that issue. She decided to sell a number of items on eBay, a few ipods among them. Since I have traditionally engraved the email address (in case it's lost and someone wished to return it), but now, she had to remove the engravings. From now on, I'm not engraving.
    MBPro 3.06 GHz, 8 GB, Mac OS X (10.6.5), 2xMini; iPad 64 3G, iTouch; many ExtHDs, 3xdrobo@6TB, Apple TV 1gen with aTV
  • Elizabeth Ingraham Level 6 Level 6 (12,310 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 3:05 PM (in response to trlyka)
    For me, engraving positively impacts my user experience. I'm very glad I had my iPad 2 engraved.

    As for resale, there's a market niche out there (raises hand!) who would buy a used (and engraved) item in a heartbeat if you just knock something off the price to compensate.

    But then, I've never ever purchased an Apple product thinking about resale. Or had any problems selling one.
    MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz; iPad 2 WiFi; 30" Cinema Display, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Original 5GB iPod (Fred) and others
  • red555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,550 points)
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    Mar 22, 2011 11:08 AM (in response to trlyka)
    64gig iPad2.... Lucky guy.
    Windows 7, iPad 3G, iPhone 4
  • thauxley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 24, 2011 9:09 AM (in response to pvonk)
    pvonk wrote:
    Yes, my wife has just gone through that issue. She decided to sell a number of items on eBay, a few ipods among them. Since I have traditionally engraved the email address (in case it's lost and someone wished to return it), but now, she had to remove the engravings. From now on, I'm not engraving.


    Good point. I also opt for NOT engraving, unless the engraving is in the form of text graphics. For example, the only Apple device I've ever engraved was my iPod shuffle with the symbols:
    \(^,^)/
    which is an emoticon.

    I think in that case, it's okay because there is no words attached and is just a "picture". Other than that, don't engrave. In any case, the font Apple has chosen for engraving is rather ugly.
  • mysaviordied4u2 Calculating status...
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    Feb 1, 2013 9:26 AM (in response to trlyka)

    "Please don't steal me!" I engraved. Not too personal if I should sell it one time.

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