What to do with engraved iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mr1, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. mr1 macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    I'm getting an engraved iPad as a gift. I really have no use for it... Could I pay apple to replace the back panel so I could exchange the iPad as new for something else like an iMac?
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I suppose letting the gift giver know you'd like something other than an iPad isn't an option? Or even letting them know you'd like it not to be engraved?

    As far as I know, Apple doesn't exchange engraved items. Your best bet would be to sell it through Craig's list or ebay, and hope you find a buyer who doesn't mind it being engraved.
  3. mr1 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    The gift giver does not know I know about the gift. Also I think the order has already been made. Not to mention I would feel bad considering this is an unusually large gift.

    Is there any way to get a hold of an OEM back panel? I've heard that all "OEM" parts available are actually aftermarket?
  4. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I really have no idea, but ifixit is the first site I would check. But I don't think swapping the back panel is something you can do yourself. Even at Apple, they just give you replacements if anything is wrong with your iPad, and ship it back to the factory to get refurbished.
  5. Dhelsdon macrumors 65816


    Feb 5, 2010
    Canadian Eh!
    That is exactly why I got a somewhat witty engraving "Do Not Remove From Store - Display Model"

    I would just sell it locally, most people don't care too much about engravings.
  6. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Well you could tell the person you just bought an iPad, thus making them cancel their order.
  7. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Stop right there. Are you sure?

    That's the funny thing with the iPad. You *think* you'll have no use for it, then when you start using it you end up finding out that you can't put it down.

    Keep it, try it out, and then even if you end up really having no use for it you can still likely sell it, even if engraved, but probably at a lower price. It is after all, still an iPad.
  8. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    How about just keep the iPad. There's a thought.

    I'm sure it won't take up that much space in your house......unless u live in a closet. It's a gift. You didn't even pay for it!

    Promise you will find use for it.
  9. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Maybe it's from a creepy relative.
  10. mr1 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    It's not that I couldn't find a use for it, I guess its more because of a much greater need for a new desktop.

    IMO the iPads display is disappointing. The iPhones retina display has spoiled me.
  11. miamialley macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
  12. darster Suspended

    Aug 25, 2011
    "This is your last gift from me"
  13. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Fixed it for you ;)
  14. OSMac macrumors 65816

    Jun 14, 2010
    Say thanks, use and appreciate it?
  15. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    To an ungrateful dolt.
  16. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    If you suspect you are getting a $600 present and think that money could be better used put towards a new computer then there is nothing wring with saying so. Remember that the gift giver wants you to be happy with your present, and if you would be happier with something else then make that happen.
  17. Ecoh macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2009
    While you can't return it to the store, you might be able to negotiate an exchange for a higher priced iMac. Stores are a bit more lenient with Christmas exchanges sometimes.

    Don't open the box, and it will be much easier to sell or exchange it.
  18. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Yes, that would be ideal. Perhaps there is an intermediary who can pass the word without letting the gift giver know you know about the intended gift? After all, somebody let slip to you that you are getting the iPad. Hopefully that person can find a way to tactfully let your benefactor know that you need a computer more than an iPad.
  19. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    What I take issue with is everyone claiming its rude to politley tell someone you would don't want what amounts to an expensive gift. Maybe its just that I came from a practical household where we would rather give a present that's wanted, than give something that isn't.

    A similar thing would be if you have an iPad and you think that someone will be giving you a Netbook, and they will be customizing it so you can't return the Netbook. You don't want the netbook, and you can't return the netbook which means that you won't be using this expensive item they gave you.
  20. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Oh, I totally agree that will be such a waste! And I think if you are giving someone such an expensive gift, then you should double check that it is something the recipient wants and will appreciate. Unfortunately, not everyone has common sense.

    As an aside, our boss gives us fairly expensive gifts for Christmas each year. Sometimes I love the gift, and other times it's not quite my style. Over the years, I've become quite open about when I return the gift and exchange it for something else -- "look, I returned that bag, and got this very nice and perfectly fitting shoes for it! Thank you so much!" :p

    It takes a bit of tact to pull off, but I think it leaves everyone happy.
  21. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    This, don't open the box, leave it plastic wrapped.

    Will there be any indication it's engraved? The store might not even know... If not an Apple store, a Target/Walmart or other store that retails them. Pretty douche move... but your call.

    Then you gotta ask, whatcha gonna do in the future when this person comes over and wants to see it? show you something on it? ask you how you like it, etc?...
  22. Tomacorno macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2009
    My too.

    I just 5-finger discounted a used iPad that I want to sell but it says, "to my little sugar shmoopy" on the back and that has never been my name. Please help me get a cheap back for it so I can sell it to someone else.

    I am not casting any accusations at the OP. It just occurred to me that this might be something that ne'er-do-wells also have to wonder about. :eek:
  23. X Cruz 187 macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2011
    Call Apple

    Last Christmas I bought my girlfriend a Refurb: iPad 64GB + 3G and her mother bought her a 32GB WiFi engraved. So I called apple customer service and explained the situation and she said they would be willing to take the engraved one back if it were unopened but my girlfriend open it @ her mothers house anyway after I asked her to wait until we got home? I had not given her mine yet! Anyway I just kept the one I got her, Love It, now I can't put it down I only use my Mac now to update or sync, just keep it.
  24. Munchkinsdad macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2011
    The display is rather good IMO. Doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I prefer it over iPhone.
    I will swap you even Steven if you don't like the engraving as long as its the same model as mine. :). Then you can sell it

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