Public Service Announcement

Phear the Stickers
Originally uploaded by MikeOliveri.

When you purchase a laptop computer, it’s yours.

You do not need to keep the store display stickers on the machine. These are on every laptop because the manufacturer has no way of knowing which one a retailer will open for display (and conversely, a retailer would have no way of knowing which unit is stickered for display without some rather inconvenient tracking methods).

You are not voiding warranties by taking them off. You are not harming the computer by taking them off. You are making a gunky, disgusting mess on your laptop.

If it doesn’t bother you, well, more power to you. It just surprises me how often I see this. I think geeks are the only ones who peel these. And even then, only about half the geeks remove the sturdier, metallic Windows-capable and Intel logo stickers.

Of course, I also have no qualms about slashing open those “do not remove or we’ll void your warranty” stickers that hold desktop cases closed, either.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. David says:

    But what is your stance on ripping the tags of mattresses?

  2. Mike says:

    BURN THEM OFF!

    BURN THEM ALL!

    BWA-HAHAHAHAHA!!!

    *ahem*

    I’m okay.

  3. Kelli says:

    HA! Oddly, I peeled back the clear protective sheet of plastic and tore the display stickers off without any qualms, but I left that protective plastic… Or rather, I left it until the hubby ruthlessly tore it off and tossed it in a mad display of deviance [complete with a ‘mad scientist laugh’] because it drove him nuts =)