Yesterday I opened my email and to my absolute delight, I found the perfect Valentine’s day gift!
Do you see what that is people? That is an iPod that has been engraved. ENGRAVED!
I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m fine with just owning the iPod. I mean, I can see shelling out the $150 for the nano or the $50 (yeah, that’s what they start at now!) for the shuffle. But then to tack on the engraving charge?
And to say what?
“Happy Valentine’s Day. See, I remembered.”
Why would I want that on my iPod? Why would I want a constant reminder of my Valentine’s day gift and the fact that my significant other may or may not have worried about forgetting it?
And check out the gallery for the shuffle:
The only suggestion on there that I actually find amusing and wouldn’t totally poo-poo as an engraving option was “Now you can stop borrowing mine.”
At least that’s clever. It’s better than “Say hello to my little friend.”
I guess my biggest problem with these is that you are going to pay the money to engrave them and then never see the engraving. Once that shuffle gets clipped to your sleeve or your lapel or wherever you clip it, your sweet/stupid little message is hidden.
So what’s the point?!
Granted, Apple doesn’t totally suck at this. They did come up with a few gems:
Under Love and Romance we have, “To practice dancing at our wedding.” And under Birthday, they gave us, “Hearing is the first thing to go. Enjoy while you can.”
But then they also came up with some of the following:
“Congrats on Baby Sophie! May this drown out the crying!” Nothing says “I hate children” better than this.
“Have fun in college. But not too much. –Dad” Gotta love one that’s been signed.
“Happy 39th birthday. Again.” I can think of quite a few people this one would piss off….
“Thank you in advance for letting me borrow this.” Ah, a gift for you that’s really for me…and I’m admitting it!
In all fairness though, Apple really gave me a lot to think about it. I mean, what could I possibly come up with that beats:
“Now will you stop talking about the pony? Love, Mom.”
Maybe one of these would work?:
Isn’t this better than bacon?
Sorry I left your old iPod at the gynecologist’s office.
Please don’t sue us for wrongful termination.
Keep running fat ass!
Think of this as a lovely parting gift.
Update: I took a second look and the engraving is actually free. Which, lets be honest, drastically increases the possibility of me ordering a new shuffle just for the sake of using one of those comments.