The I am an idiot and put engraving on my iPad 3 order thread

Discussion in 'iPad' started by LWX, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. LWX macrumors member

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    What the title says really.

    I'm really regretting this decision now - I can't seem to change my engraving to get rid of it.

    I've just sold my iPad 2 to my work (rather than o2 recycle) and just realised this will affect my resale value for iPad 3 when I come to upgrade next year.

    Any suggestions? Can they cancel engraving over the phone? Or will I need to cancel my pre-order and queue up on Friday? (If so, I'll be going to Brent Cross. My girlfriend does NOT like this idea - at least the idea of her queueing up too!)

    Order set ships 16-19, so when would I need to make a decision by?
     
  2. mloffa macrumors 6502a

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    The only time you're able to make changed to your order, I believe, is before the "Preparing for Shipment" message shows. If you're in the processing stages, you should be able to call and do it!
     
  3. HazyCloud macrumors 68030

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    I'd call Apple immediately and see what they say. That's probably your best bet. It could be worse, my friend's wife engraved his iPad 2 and did the your/you're mistake twice. TWICE!
     
  4. LWX thread starter macrumors member

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    Lets hope I can still do that in 9 hours time....

    Do you think I can?
     
  5. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

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    I wish I would have engraved my wifes with our last name. Chances are it's going to be mine next (I get the newest iPhone from here on out every year and she gets the newest iPad) and if not, I'd probably sell it to someone in my family or someone who doesn't care if my name is engraved on it.

    would also help if it got theived.
     
  6. preston181 macrumors member

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    You may be able to cancel via phone, and reorder, but expect to wait longer to get an unengraved iPad. Pretty sure the engraving is done at the factory, and the unengraved devices ship from a local distribution center. The preorders for stateside iPads are backed up, (I'm hearing 3+ weeks just to ship if you didn't order early on).

    I'd recommend trying to cancel the order, and preordering thru Best Buy or Radio Shack, if that's even still an option. Otherwise, camp out somewhere on launch day.

    I made the mistake of engraving a Zune HD, (I know, Microsoft, hiss!). I paid $200, and only got about $40 trade-in for it, (the unengraved ones were paying $80). I'll never make that mistake again. Considering most of us put a case or cover on the iPad, I don't see the point of engraving.

    Good luck, dude. I feel for ya.
     
  7. noobinator macrumors 601

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    This thread is worthless until we know what you put in the engraving.
     
  8. boy-better-know macrumors 65816

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    I feel bad for you son.
    Just because something is free doesn't mean you should do it.
     
  9. charlieroberts macrumors 6502a

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    You know what affects the resale value even more? If you open the box, try to keep the shrink-wrap as mint as possible, you know what they say: you can't baby your iPad enough!

    OR use it, enjoy it and own it. People get so obsessed with resale value, and of course it saves you money but in the end, not buying do much stuff saves you a lot more money!
    Take care of your iPad so that it lasts you such a long time that by then it won't matter if you get 100 or 135 $ because of the engraving.
     
  10. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    At worst you would lose $50 from resale value, no more I wouldn't think.

    You'll have to ask yourself if it's worth that amount to come here and read posts by members who are playing with their new toys, while you sit it out for weeks.

    And during that time perhaps the engraved iPad would start lookin pretty good. ;)
     
  11. iohass macrumors regular

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    Resale value is why I didn't engrave mine, but I don't think I'll be selling it anyways.. I feel terrible selling this device for $300 after paying $700 just a year earlier.

    I bought my ipad1 for a lot of money (at the time) and then couldn't bring myself to selling it so I just used it for another year and now am passing it on to a family member. That has a lot more value for me than selling it for $150 or something like that.
     
  12. bouldermac macrumors member

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    My thoughts exactly
     
  13. iohass macrumors regular

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    in this situation I would be more worried that your friend's wife is a "he" :D
     
  14. greytmom macrumors 68040

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    Engraving has never hurt my ability to sell. But I use generic phrases, like "MyPad."
     
  15. HazyCloud macrumors 68030

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    I don't see the issue. My friend's wife (her) engraved (his) iPad. Either way, I don't care if my friend's wife is a she, he or it.
     
  16. MR1324 macrumors 6502

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    i hope you did not put 'in memory of steve jobs' like many others did. told u guys u would regret it
     
  17. Buildbright macrumors 6502a

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    What did you get on it?
     
  18. wthomas86 macrumors member

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    You can possibly refuse the item when it is delivered and then they would be forced to give you a refund. If they refuse then you can dispute it on your credit card and you would win for sure.
     
  19. gamecube117 macrumors 6502

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    My friend left her iPad in the subway (stupid, I know) and I suggested for her next iPad, she should engrave it to:

    [Her name]
    [Address]
    [Phone Number]

    That way, she will always have it and if she does loses it, the person has to keep the iPad with that engraved, and no point re-selling it. She's not tech-savy, so what she buys she'll keep, she doesn't care about being "the latest trend" with technology products.

    So yeah, engraving has it's pros and cons. Cons if you always want to have the latest iPad product, hard to re-sell.
     
  20. Beachguy macrumors 6502a

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    I'd be more worried that I couldn't follow a simple sentence, in your situation. ;):D
     
  21. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    Honestly, I don't fault you for this (the English language is often vague), but I do believe that the friend's wife had purchased it for her husband. In which case, I'd be worried about them homeschooling their kids...

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    I'd advise against this (well, the address part anyway) since you'd be giving away your address to complete strangers. With a phone number, at least you can change it if the person that found it turned out to be a psychotic stalker. And if they're decent folk that would return it, they'll probably be phoning your number to get ahold of you anyway.
     
  22. gamecube117 macrumors 6502

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    Not really. He would lose much, much more. Think about it - would you buy an iPad engraved? "It depends what's on it" - nope. I don't want an iPad with anything on it. The hard part of selling an engraved iPad is not selling it, but finding a buyer.

    People lose more than $50 when they sold their iPad 2 to get the iPad 3.
     
  23. LWX thread starter macrumors member

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    The engraving....

    :(
     
  24. gamecube117 macrumors 6502

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    Um yeah.... Good luck reselling that.
     
  25. Southernboyj macrumors 68000

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    Eh I like that engraving :p Depending on the person it might not hurt to resell too much. What really kills them is personal engravings.
     

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