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Old Aug 11, 2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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iPad engraving

Is it worth it to get engraving?. I am thinking about it, but what happens if I drop it and replace it with apple care. Will apple engrave the replacement? Post pics if you have engraving on the black ipad mini. Thanks.
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Old Aug 11, 2013, 02:28 PM   #2
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Is it worth it to get engraving?. I am thinking about it, but what happens if I drop it and replace it with apple care. Will apple engrave the replacement? Post pics if you have engraving on the black ipad mini. Thanks.

Nope... Apple will most likely replace a refurbished one without engraving and engraving will drop your resell value significantly.
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Old Aug 11, 2013, 02:30 PM   #3
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Is it worth it to get engraving?. I am thinking about it, but what happens if I drop it and replace it with apple care. Will apple engrave the replacement? Post pics if you have engraving on the black ipad mini. Thanks.
If you ever plan on selling it don't do it!
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Old Aug 11, 2013, 03:04 PM   #4
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This ever so slightly nothing to do with the forum it is posted in.
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Old Aug 11, 2013, 03:12 PM   #5
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This ever so slightly nothing to do with the forum it is posted in.
I completely agree but I also see the desire to get a quick response. Trying to get an answer anywhere else on this site is like trying to pull teeth. I currently have a thread in the Mavericks section with one simple question ~100 views and no one can seem to answer. But yes definitely no the right forum
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Old Aug 11, 2013, 03:49 PM   #6
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Thanks for the responses. I didn't know I posted under ios7 sorry.
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Old Aug 11, 2013, 03:52 PM   #7
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Is it worth it to get engraving?. I am thinking about it, but what happens if I drop it and replace it with apple care. Will apple engrave the replacement? Post pics if you have engraving on the black ipad mini. Thanks.
Apple will replace an engraved iPad but only if you go through Apple Care on the phone for that replacement, which if you don't have Apple Care could cost you a service fee for the call.

Frankly I see little value in engraving them even if it is a gift.
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Old Aug 11, 2013, 06:43 PM   #8
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Does Apple still have free engraving promos? I haven't seen one for the iPad or any other handheld device in years.
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Old Aug 12, 2013, 07:32 AM   #9
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If you MUST have engraving, the Apple online store free service is certainly a good deal. However, as others point out, I would recommend NOT getting any engraving on your devices.

The resale value is drastically reduced. Check with Amazon, the "sell your mac" type sites, etc. and you will find that for an iPad with engraving the resale can be up to $100 or so less.

I had my iPad2 engraved, and never again. If you must have your name or something on your iPad, use a sticker or some type of label.

When we get a nice shiny new iDevice, we tend to think we will have it "forever". But after two short years we are ready for a better model. Engraving will prevent you from selling your old one for a reasonable price.
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Old Aug 13, 2013, 09:37 AM   #10
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Ok. That helps out. I was thinking of doing it for the first time with my ipad 5. But I guess not now.
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Old Aug 13, 2013, 09:57 AM   #11
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Custom back case is a better idea.

If you plan on using a back case it's better to get a custom case with whatever engraving/print you want, instead of engraving the iPad itself. At least that's what I did with my phone.
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Old Aug 17, 2013, 08:18 AM   #12
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I engraved my ipad3

I engraved my own iPad 3 (I have a laser engraver) the day after I got it. I have no regrets because I never plan to sell it. It will go to a family member when I upgrade.

I like the idea of it being a bit more difficult to steal.
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Old Aug 17, 2013, 04:51 PM   #13
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I engraved my own iPad 3 (I have a laser engraver) the day after I got it. I have no regrets because I never plan to sell it. It will go to a family member when I upgrade.

I like the idea of it being a bit more difficult to steal.
I don't see how engraving it makes it any more difficult to steal. They just take it like a non-engraved iPad.
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Old Aug 17, 2013, 05:07 PM   #14
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not a good idea specially if you plan on selling it later on. never have any of my apple products engraved. i want to keep it simple.
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Old Aug 18, 2013, 08:04 AM   #15
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I've had two items engraved and I personally will not have any more done.

Engraving doesn't make an item harder to steal. It just makes it harder for the thief to sell.

The engraving is so small that it is barely readable.
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Old Aug 18, 2013, 08:54 AM   #16
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I engraved my own iPad 3 (I have a laser engraver) the day after I got it. I have no regrets because I never plan to sell it. It will go to a family member when I upgrade.

I like the idea of it being a bit more difficult to steal.
Because when they take the iPad they look "on it's engraved we can't take this one". I bet most thieves don't even know it's engraved until they have it already.

As others said, engraving is a waste. I like to give my iStuff to my kids, siblings, and other family members when I upgrade. And if you sell it, you're going to get way less for it.

Most people put a case on anyways, so you're not even going to see the engraving.
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Old Aug 18, 2013, 02:11 PM   #17
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I engraved my girlfriend's iPad with the drawing of a huge tree at the back and her name written on it, I think that it makes for a decorous avant-garde present.

I had it done at the local Jewelry, but it wasn't cheap.
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Old Nov 16, 2013, 09:48 AM   #18
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Thumbs up Great Idea...and suggestion!

Sound advice, given the fact you want to retain the resale value as much as possible.

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If you plan on using a back case it's better to get a custom case with whatever engraving/print you want, instead of engraving the iPad itself. At least that's what I did with my phone.
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