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Who has never lost or left behind a valuable electronic gadget, bag, computer or mobile phone. I know you can feel it… That exact moment when you realize that your precious object is… missing. Pang. And if you have not lost anything lately, certainly you can relate (but not before rolling your eyes) to either your husband, partner or kids who have done just that. You mentally calculate the replacement cost of the object and then the royal pain of replacing the item and its contents.

Our electronic gadgets have become more precious than ever. Not just because they are so bloody expensive. Our smartphones and computers have become our lifelines. Just the thought of losing mine makes me hyperventilate. I’m barely exaggerating.

FoundIt.net has created a wonderfully simple and genius solution to the loser problem. Here’s how it works:

  • You purchase a membership with FoundIt (see the super affordable pricing packages here)
  • Receive your stickers and tags and apply to any object you or family members would hate to lose
  • Let’s say you do lose something, let’s say your iPod…
  • The “finder” sees the “FoundIt” sticker and goes to Foundit.net to enter your ID code to send a message
  • FoundIt notifies you by text or email
  • You retrieve your iPod by the best manner determined by you and the “finder”, anonymous or in person.

Katie Bandstra, the founder of FoundIt, has tested her system by “losing” dozen of objects (including brand new iPods) on purpose. Between this and her registered users, she knows of only one item that has never made it back. It works because it so happens that most people are good Samaritans, especially when given the opportunity and instructions to easily return the item to its rightful owner. All that because the item clearly “said” – with its sticker – that it wanted to be found and returned.

The system is as anonymous as you want or need it to be. No stranger-danger to be fearful of as your identity never needs to be disclosed. So that phone that you left in the restaurant? Ask for it to be left with the manager.

The pricing structure starts at $7.99 (one year access) and goes to $24.99 (4-year access) and it offers more than enough stickers and tags to equip the whole family.  Isn’t this soooooo much cheaper than having to potentially replace any of the expensive gadgets?

I was sent a series of stickers, gracieuseté of FoundIt, which I quickly registered and then shared with the family. I now have a FoundIt sticker on all the items that I most likely to lose or leave behind such as my iPhone, my laptop, my purse, my keys, my camera, my gym bag and even my sunglasses (on the inside temples, really!).  My daughter, knowing that if she loses her phone, it will need to be replaced at her own cost, was quick to apply a sticker to her phone and then everywhere and a tag to her keychain.

This works great for kids playing lots of sports and likely to leave things behind. It might also be very useful in summertime when routine gets disrupted and things more easily left behind in unfamiliar places.

May all your gadgets and toys (the baby’s blankie?) be returned to you every time!

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