Years ago before I ever bought my first PDA, I once lost my Franklin Day Planner and did not have a clue where I lost it or if it was stolen. I was lucky enough to have an honest person find it and they looked at the first page and saw my contact information and called me and mailed it back. When I got it, it still even had my money in it that was easy to see in the inside cover pocket. Have you ever lost anything expensive or important to you like your cell phone, MP3 player, digital camera? The frustrating thing about losing something like that is that even if a good Samaritan finds it, they often times have no way to find out how to return it to you. If you lose your cell phone just as the battery is dying, they cannot turn it on to see who owns it. The good news is that you can help protect anything you have by providing an easy way for someone to return it to you for a cash reward! For as low as $5 you can provide a $20 reward for any lost item through a long time running company called StuffBack. I strongly encourage everyone to read this review in order to help easily recover your cell phone when lost.
It is simple. You buy a package of StuffBack stickers, put them on your phone (or iPod, camera, etc.), register the number on the sticker at their website, and then forget about it. If that item is ever lost, it will have an 800 number for anyone to call. They will get a $20 reward (plus any additional money you would like to add to the reward) and you get your item back (you cover the shipping charges). I have been using StuffBak for years. In fact my old Kodak EasyShare DX 6490 still have their StuffBak stickers that I registered several years back.
StuffBak claims around a 70-80% return rate on lost items with a StuffBak sticker on them. Luckily I have not had an opportunity to put it to the test, but as you can see from this USA Today article (opens in new tab) who purposely left behind a laptop, digital camera, cell phone, etc... it really works.
The stickers are pretty tough and come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and styles. I actually have one along the top of my PPC-6800 that fits perfectly.
If you are interested you can even upgrade the standard retail account to a Gold or Platinum (see details of each account below), but I think for the average person the retail account is more than sufficient. StuffBack is certainly a MUST have for anything of value that you do want to lose permanently!
Just the Facts
Here are the account choices to upgrade to if desired:
|Row 0 - Cell 0||Row 0 - Cell 1||Row 0 - Cell 2||Current Retail Account||Row 0 - Cell 4|
|Row 1 - Cell 0||Platinum (Items)||Gold (Items)||Extended (retail)||Basic (partner)|
|Price||$29.95||$19.95||Row 2 - Cell 3||Row 2 - Cell 4|
|Term||3 Years||2 Years||2 Years||Row 3 - Cell 4|
|Recovery Fee||Free for all items||Free for all items||Free 2 years, then $29.95||$14.95 1 year, then $29.95|
|Found item notification||24/7 via email||24/7 via email||Business hours||Business hours|
|Recovery shipping||Free overnight||Free ground||Customer pays||Customer pays|
|StuffBak discounts||25%||20%||Row 7 - Cell 3||Row 7 - Cell 4|
|Bonus gift||Free mini pack||Free key tag||Row 8 - Cell 3||Row 8 - Cell 4|
|other||Digital image storage||Row 9 - Cell 2||Row 9 - Cell 3||Row 9 - Cell 4|
* Recovery fee is the handling fee charged by StuffBak for coordinating a return. It does not include shipping costs. After the coverage period has elapsed, the recovery fee is $29.95. If you are new to StuffBak, a confirmation email has been sent to you from firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure StuffBak can always reach you via email, please add email@example.com to your address book or to the approved senders in your spam filter. Email notification is not available if you have unsubscribed.
|Ratings (5 out of 5)Overall:||ProsEffective option for recovering lost valuable equipmentEasy to use and register$20 cash reward is automatically includedStickers come in just about every shape and size for any device from a Bluetooth headset to over-sized luggage.Consnone|
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If your stuff is intentionally STOLEN... this is not likley to help as the sticker will likley be peeled or scraped away.
Might as well have a diver's license number or some other engraving somewhere on your equipment IMO. That way, if an honest person turns it in to the police, they can find you for free... if a dishonest person takes the item, it takes a little more effort to locate/remove identifying marks and engravings. Still do-able... but it doesn't stand out like a black and yellow sticker.
My opinion, do both.