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Posted by on Dec 17, 2008 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Free iPod Engraving Is Code For “No Returns”

When you buy a new iPod, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle or iPod Touch, Apple offers free laser engraving so you can customize your purchase. With the holidays upon us, the iPod is a good last-minute gift, and an engraved iPod is an even better one, as you can write a personalized message. Apple recommends “No more silent nights” as an engraving, among other messages.

Engraving An iPod Forfeits The Ability To Return It

Engraving An iPod Forfeits The Ability To Return It

Though this may seem like a no-brainer for many, there is a catch: When you take advantage of the free engraving option on your new iPod, you forfeit your right to return it.

After you select which iPod you want to purchase on the website, you are taken to a page to select your free engraving. A message on the page states, “Please make sure that everything is spelled correctly as your engraved order can’t be returned.”

Keeping your Apple receipt won’t help you this time, so it is important to only use the engraving feature if you are 100% sure you want it engraved and won’t need to return it. If you are giving a gift, it is worth double checking whether your intended recipient doesn’t already own an iPod or other digital music player. It would also be a shame to give an iPod for Christmas or Hannukah only to realize that another person gave the same recipient another engraved iPod.

Not having the ability to return an engraved iPod surely reduces its appeal, and it is probably going to result in some irate customers after Christmas. If you are giving an iPod this year, a personalized card may be a better option than the fancy laser engraving, tempting as it may be.

  • oh

    then good thing you have advertisements for ipod engraving on your “national news journal”

  • http://www.isitchristmas.com really

    would you rather they run ads for apple and NOT bash the ipod engraving project? or were you just planning on making a snarky comment just because you noticed the coincidence and didn’t actually have an argument?

  • http://www.shoeboxed.com Dan Englander

    Oh and Really,

    Thanks for your comments. I don’t see anything wrong with writing about companies that publish ads on our site, and it doesn’t affect the way that I or any of our other writers approach the stories we write. Surely we want our advertisers to be successful, but if we think we have an interesting angle on a story about their advertising, we’ll cover it regardless of whether it helps or hurts them.

    Thanks,

    Dan Englander
    Editor, National Spending Journal