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Get your STUFFBAK when you lose it

iLounger Kenneth Armstrong recently reported he had lost his iPod after a cab ride in Toronto, Canada. The story prompted many comments from readers, including iLounger Rob who posted a link to a company named STUFFBAK offering a lost and found service using labels you adhere to your prized possessions.

How does it work? Buy a pack of STUFFBAK labels, stick one on your iPod and activate the label via the toll-free 800 number or fill-out the online form. Each label comes with a unique label ID number. If you lose your iPod, someone can easily return it by reporting it lost on STUFFBAK.com, or call for courier pick up or drop it off at a Mail Boxes Etc. STUFFBAK offers a standard reward of $20 of STUFFBAK ID labels in return. You also have the option of adding your own reward amount within your online STUFFBAK account. Returned items are shipped by STUFFBAK to you for $14.95 plus shipping. STUFFBAK offers individual labels starting at $1.95, specialty packs starting at $7.95 (2 labels) and all-purpose packs up to $69.95 (45 labels).

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Comments

1

they are expensive damn i dont think i would do it
just ingrave your ipod i mean how many people would acualy return an ipod

Posted by Phill in Texas on June 2, 2003 at 12:30 AM (PDT)

2

Some facts:

The Washington D.C. Metro collected 25,700 items on its Metrorail system, 2,200 items in city taxicabs, and 8,200 items on Metrobuses in 2000. - The Washington Post, Jan. 2001

74 cell phones and 96 laptops were recovered at Denver International Airport’s security checkpoints over two weeks alone from 1/28/02 to 2/11/02 - USA Today, Feb., 2002

2,900 laptops, 1,300 PDAs and 62,000 cell phones were left in London taxicabs in the first 6 months of 2001 - PointSec, Aug, 2001

Only about 5% of these items are ever returned to their owners due to lack of identification and a convenient return process. The strength of StuffBak’s service is its simplicity.

Finders of STUFFBAK-labeled items are presented with two return options through a toll-free number or the STUFFBAK website. They can drop off the item at the nearest MAILBOXES, ETC. or have Airborne Express pick it up directly. Owners of lost items are immediately notified when their item has been reported found. To date, 90% of items reported lost have been returned to owners.

Some more facts:

If lost items are properly identified, they will be returned.
Andrew Glassman, in his CNBC investigative report, intentionally lost 6 STUFFBAK-labeled portable items. 5 of the 6 were returned to him within 3 days. - CNBC, 7/2001
Asurion, a handheld insurance provider, intentionally lost 50 STUFFBAK-labeled cell phones. 60% found their way home. - Asurion Market Test, 1/2001
Reader’s Digest, in a test of human character, intentionally lost 1100 wallets around the world. Each wallet contained $50 in local currency, a name, and phone number. In the United States, 70% of the wallets were returned. - Reader’s Digest, 4/17/2001

i wonder if the gov/city sells this lost and found stuff after a set amount of time passes ? you know like those repo/gov siezed commercials..

Posted by 2000NB18T on June 2, 2003 at 4:42 AM (PDT)

3

Heh, cool, my very own news story grin These aren’t that expensive, you can even get one for free! Click the “Send A Friend Labels” link.
Disclaimer: I do not have any interest in StuffBak other than I do own some StuffBak labels.

Posted by Rob on June 2, 2003 at 9:30 AM (PDT)

4

great idea i just ordered some send a friend labels (all to my self of course)

Posted by ari on June 2, 2003 at 1:54 PM (PDT)

5

sh*t… if i ever find an iPod, it’s mine.  aint no silly sticker gonna stop that. 

Posted by iPodBurglar :) on June 2, 2003 at 3:22 PM (PDT)

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