Don't Engrave the New iPad 3rd Gen, Unless You're Keeping it Forever
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Don’t Engrave the New iPad 3rd Gen, Unless You’re Keeping it Forever



The new iPad is available to pre-order for delivery on March 16th, but if you are tempted to take Apple up on the free engraving offer, I suggest you skip it. That is unless you plan to keep your iPad 3 forever.

Apple has offered free engraving on the iPad for several years, but it is one of the worst free offers you’ll find.

(Read: New iPad Announced: Faster, Better Camera and 4G LTE)

While you can now return your engraved iPad within 30 days, there are many reasons to skip the free engraving offer.

iPad Engraving

Lower Resale – If you plan to sell your new iPad when the newer new iPad comes out, don’t engrave it. According to engraving your iPad can cut 30% off the resale value of your iPad.

No Re-Engraving – If you need to send your iPad in and get it serviced, it may not come back with the engraving. Same goes for taking your broken iPad into the local Apple store for a replacement.

Cases – If you’re smart, the first thing you’re going to do is put a case on your new iPad. Not only does this help keep your iPad in good shape for when you sell it next year, it allows you to be more expressive.

I would never waste the time and devalue my iPad with engraving because I always sell my old iPad in order to buy the new iPad. This allows me to essentially rent the iPad for $12 to $20 a month, and keep up with the newest iPad.

Even if you plan to hand your iPad down to a family member it’s doubtful that he or she will want your name on the back of their iPad.

If I want to customize my iPad I’ll put a handy case on it or add a skin from Gelaskins to personalize it with a photo I’ve taken, or one of my favorite designs.




  1. Ronspauls

    03/08/2012 at 9:39 pm

    Cool story…  I engraved my name and phone# on mine.

  2. cgioconda

    04/26/2012 at 8:49 pm

    I understand your points, but at the same time, if your ipad is lost or stolen, good luck proving it’s yours. Airlines wind up with hundreds of ipads left on planes, and they are unable to find the owner because Apple will not provide owner information to them based on the serial number.

  3. vuescan 9 serial

    05/23/2012 at 12:34 am

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    • rzrshrp

      07/19/2012 at 7:20 am

      SPAM! No really, I can’t believe I read the whole thing before I realized it was complete gibberish.

  4. Rob

    06/05/2012 at 5:52 am

    Cool story bro. None of this apply to me cuz I won’t sell it.

  5. David

    02/06/2013 at 9:57 am

    The worst article ever, how obvious is everything you just said? Immensely

  6. Mumu

    10/16/2013 at 10:26 am

    not everyone is so new ipad envy as you ;p

  7. Shams Adam

    01/15/2014 at 9:52 pm

    this is pointless

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