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.

Holiday Shopping: Tell Yourself You’re Ready

You know it’s coming. You know it because you see Santas in department stores, you see holiday deals, and you hear people complaining about how it’s already happening. But love it or not (and, let’s be honest, you LOVE it), holiday shopping season is beginning. Here’s a few things to keep in mind this holiday shopping season (Hint: Shoeboxed can help).

With The Day After Thanksgiving quickly approaching and a recessed economy threatening to shrink our holiday shopping, it is more important than ever to track your spending and keep your financial documents organized as you are shopping.

Shoeboxed, the leading service for organizing receipts, offers an easy and affordable way to keep track of all your shopping documents this holiday season. Mail in your receipts to Shoeboxed, and you will have them online so you can make returns and exchanges easily. You’ll also benefit from the easy budgeting tools on Shoeboxed’s website so you can track your holiday spending. And your Shoeboxed email address: don’t forget to use it when you are doing the online portion of your holiday shopping-fest.

Shoeboxed Can Help With Your Holiday Shopping

Holiday shopping is a fun time of year, but Shoeboxed will help you make it a little more manageable.

Gift Receipts for Baby and Wedding Registries

Baby and wedding registries were designed to offer an easy way for gift-givers to buy the right things for their loved ones without duplicating what others were buying. Soon-to-be moms or engaged couples pick a store that they would like to receive gifts from, and can mark with items they want people to buy them. The list is made available to their loved ones (i.e. bridal shower attendees, wedding guests, etc.). When someone buys something, the list is updated, and people can coordinate their gift giving through the list. It is designed to make the gift giving process run more smoothly, and to make sure newlywed couple gets 12 toasters or a new mom gets 4 high chairs.

Unfortunately, sometimes it’s not so easy.

The Consumerist is reporting a story today about the potentially “broken” gift registry system at Target. When attempting to return something from Target, a woman was only refunded $24.98 of the $99.99 gift her step mom had given her. Even when showing the gift receipt, they refused to give her the $75.01 difference.

It definitely seems silly to me, and I hope Target can work on their gift receipt and registry policies so this doesn’t happen to more people. Anyone else have any problems with gift receipts or registries lately?