An end to the stickers?

By on August 29, 2005

I’m not one that usually wears logo tees, and I peel all the extra stickers off of the electronics I buy. I just don’t much care for being an unwitting billboard for a company when I just paid money for their product. That’s why I was happy to read that Dell may be pushing back on OEMs to get rid of the case stickers:

The stickers placed on computers and laptops by the major OEMs are not only irritating to some users, but apparently Dell is tired of the branding game, too. Why might Dell object? The king of computer mass production says that the time it takes to put all of these various stickers on products is a bottleneck in their operations.

The XP and ATI stickers were the first things gone when I bought my laptop, but the freakin’ Intel sticker is held on with some kind of magic space glue, and it’s right on the hand rest. It’s still there, and every time I see it, I get the urge to kick one of the Blue Men.

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Comments

  1. A step in the right direction. Although putting up with stickers seems trivial compared to the fifteen pounds of shrinkwrap, stickers, RFIDs, and marketing materials packed around my CD and DVD purchases. Bastards.

  2. The key to getting the stickers to let loose is heat. (Funny that with a Pentium running inside they don’t just slide off! ;o) Use an iron on low, put it on the sticker for a few seconds (you don’t want to melt the plastic), then use your fingernail to get a corner loose, then slowly peel it off. If it starts to tear apart, hit it with the iron again.

    Oh, and this is another reason to like Macs — sticker free!

  3. Good tip, Dave.

    Actually, I just tried it again and it peeled right off. So the real trick is ‘wait two years’.

    So are you implying that a G4 Powerbook runs cool? ‘Cause I think the reason that they’re metal is that they would darn near melt their own plastic. =)

  4. HAHA…just had to appreciate DZ’s comment up there about the DVD protection….I mean, they’re only $20….the packaging has gotta cost more than that!

  5. So are you implying that a G4 Powerbook runs cool?

    I don’t think I said anything about that, but now that you mention it… I’ve got a 1.5GHz Aluminum G4 PowerBook and use it on my lap regularly. Only when some stray process goes bonkers and maxes out the processor (twice since I got it in April) does it get anywhere near uncomfortable. And did I mention that there is no cooling fan in it?

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