iPad engraving

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mncmoore, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2008
    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.
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2013

    Nope... Apple will most likely replace a refurbished one without engraving and engraving will drop your resell value significantly.
  3. macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    If you ever plan on selling it don't do it!
  4. macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2013
    This ever so slightly nothing to do with the forum it is posted in.
  5. macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    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
  6. thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2008
    Thanks for the responses. I didn't know I posted under ios7 sorry.
  7. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    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.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2012
    Does Apple still have free engraving promos? I haven't seen one for the iPad or any other handheld device in years.
  9. macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2012
    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.
  10. thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2008
    Ok. That helps out. I was thinking of doing it for the first time with my ipad 5. But I guess not now.
  11. macrumors member

    May 18, 2012
    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.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2013
    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.
  13. macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2010
    I don't see how engraving it makes it any more difficult to steal. They just take it like a non-engraved iPad.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2013
    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.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 28, 2012
    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.
  16. macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    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.
  17. macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2013
    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.
  18. macrumors newbie


    Sep 21, 2012
    DC Area
    Great Idea...and suggestion!

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


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