Sticker Shock Redux

Today’s toon was inspired by David Pogue’s article, Laptops Look Like Racecars – and Not in a Good Way”. David’s thoughts echo my own. I find that stickers and other ancillary “crud-ware” are a horrible first impression to make. A beautiful looking PC laptop is only marred by having stickers on its surface – and some of them (in my experience) have been difficult to remove.

What are your thoughts? Agree with Pogue’s article? Disagree? Sound off in the comments below!

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  • TulleReply
    September 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Actually, I like to poke fun at the stickers by putting even more stickers on my computer. My school-laptop, before it got stolen, had four stickers saying it had an intel core 2 duo, and one sticker saying it had an Intel core Celeron.
    Five CPUs in one laptop, is that cool or what?

    My current just has stickers from various fruit companies.

  • scurvy dogReply
    September 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    couldn’t agree more, aarrggh! ’tis the work of the devil!

  • LarryReply
    September 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Think stickers are stupid and irritating. Bought a mac.

  • coiusReply
    September 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Do what I did? I bought a Lenovo/IBM ThinkPad. The only two stickers I got are tiny ones saying “Intel Core2Duo” and “Windows 7” and that’s it. I keep them on since they don’t bother me, and they aren’t as huge as a truck. It looks like a rather good laptop.
    Btw, for your sake, put some tape over your COA just in case. I am in IT and work on machines, and when it comes time to reload, sometimes my customers have to buy something they already own, because I can’t tell the license key because it wore out. Put some clear packing tape over the COA label to avoid that. I did that with my ThinkPad and Gateway, and they have stayed brand new, and the COA never rubs. It’s just good for your sanity and wallet when you gotta reload with generic discs.

  • djpReply
    September 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Sticker? What stickers? I’ve got a Mac.

  • wdwillisReply
    September 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    my old laptop was completely covered with stickers… every suare inch that wasn’t screen, keyboard, button, or port…
    mostly band stickers though mind you.

  • wdwillisReply
    September 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    also, coius’ tip on protecting your coa is a pretty goood one, which i have advocated for a long time.
    i have no idea why oem manufacturers always put those where they will rub off like that.

  • David V.Reply
    September 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I find the stickers cheesy, but I understand the sort of (misguided) thinking that causes marketing types to put those on the products they promote. What I cannot figure out though is why people leave those stickers on??! (Unlike the comic’s implication, I find they’re not hard to remove from plastic/metal gadgets. It’s different with certain other objects.) I find it of particularly bad taste when they’re left on digital cameras, where it almost seems as if one if showing off their stickers to the subject.

    • KrishnaReply
      September 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm

      digital camera stickers are the worst to remove. Makes an otherwise beautiful looking camera gaudy.

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