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Leah's etched laptop continues to be copied Answered

I thought Leah's ad-supported laser-etched laptop was brilliant. When we were first talking about it, it was obvious that if she could pull it off, there would be a bunch of copy-cats trying to do the same thing.

Obviously Squid Labs and Instructables are listed as sponsors, so I get a number of emails asking for further laser-sponsorship of laptops, and they always make me smile. Here's the latest, hope you enjoy the irony as much as I do:

Dear Instructables-Team

In the very near future I'll need a laptop for school. To finance that, I am planing to put Ad's onto the top of it.

I am visiting a college of higher informatics. The school has more than 1000 students, teachers and other workers & visitors every day.

My suggestion is a cheap way of advertising. The ad's would be laser etched into the top of the Laptop (made out of Aluminum). The Laptop has a size of about 40 by 27 cm (= about 14 by 10 inches).

If you are looking at prices of an often-visited website for example, you'll get prices between 700 and 1000$'s PER MONTH for a little ad.

For 1000$ you could cover the biggest part of the whole notebook, but you wont have to pay monthly. You only pay once, and the laptop will be used for 3 or 4 years. Also the laptop will be presented in the internet in several forums. I will post into a few forums myself, and make a little video about the laptop, and the company's that put ad's on it, and also other people will show around pictures of the project, because it's very unusual to do something like this.
Of course you dont have to buy an ad for 1000$. Size, type of ad and therefor price are free of choice.

I am looking forward to an answer !

If interested, I could also send you some pictures how laser-etched things look like on a laptop and we could talk about data or prices if you are interested..

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whatsisface
whatsisface

13 years ago

So this is basically "Buy me a laptop"? The cheek!

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. The way I read it, he/she is wanting to trade advertising space for cash, not get something for nothing.

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 13 years ago

I thought of it as, "Pay for the advertising space, and I'll use the money to buy the laptop".

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trebuchet03
trebuchet03

13 years ago

I'm surprised s/he didn't ask to use your laser cutter too!

And look! The school has more than 1000 students, teachers and other workers & visitors every day.

That's less than $1 per person that you won't see EVERY DAY :p


So my school has more than 40,000 students... Given the increase in traffic, I'm offering ad space for $40,000 :p

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

I know, I read that and was like... that's not that many...

Even my *high* school has 1600 students... I can't imagine the other figures...

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

...good for you?

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

$39,999.99!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

13 years ago

Wow, I would put the ads on my car for that.

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

I'd put ads in my avatar image :P

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ll.13
ll.13

13 years ago

-Poor people, do they not have brain for something original?

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ewilhelm
ewilhelm

Reply 13 years ago

I bought 10 laptops worth of advertising space. Do you think I got a good deal?!?!?!

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 13 years ago

Wow. I'll etch instructables or Squid Labs on the bridge of your choice....

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royalestel
royalestel

Reply 13 years ago

Heck, I'll defend your honor with spray paint at the local water tower for that price. . .

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zachninme
zachninme

13 years ago

This seems a bit -- pushy... Per month? Its not like it can be on there one month, and off another... Its also a lot more than Culver's prices...

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. From the quote above: "but you wont have to pay monthly. You only pay once, and the laptop will be used for 3 or 4 years." The per month prices were mentioned only as a reference to pricing on web sites.

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 13 years ago

Ohh -- still seems like a lot, Leah's ended up being $50/in2

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. Standard negotiation tactics - ask for more than you will accept, then haggle down to your price.

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Bran
Bran

13 years ago

Wow, I'd never seen Leah's laptop before! That is such a great idea!