Perhaps it's just inner self-gratification to have your own stake in a world full of identical gadgets (which probably explains why accessory companies are doing so darn well), but is permanently Frankenstein-ing your gadgets a good thing or does it degrade the value of the original item?
Stickers and vinyls is a trend we've seen come and go, but we can't imagine all that sticky-goo left on the laptop after removal to be a good thing when trying to resell the item on Craigslist or eBay for some extra cash. Personally, we try to stay away from anything that'll leave permanent residue just for that reason.
Then there's completely changing the product with a fresh coat of paint, finish, or all of the above (Colorware's specialty is transforming your product into a unique item using colors of your choice). We've seen this pulled off well a couple of times, but the cost of doing so often outweighs any positive monetary benefit when trying to resell the item. $550 for an iMac paint job? Hey, it's your money.
For me, I've been purchasing a few hackable goods for my Panasonic GF-1 camera to make it a little more personalized and retro-looking (including a custom leather skin and a Leica-looking shutter button, to name a few). It's all coming in the mail this weekend, but even though I'm set back a couple of bucks, knowing that my cam's going to be a one-of-a-kind item that'll hopefully distinguish myself from the crowd and gain some positive comments makes it all worth it.
What do you think? Is pimping up your gadgets a good thing or pointless dive into further debt and consumerism?
[Images: Gordy's Camera Straps]