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Business Card Scanner

Brilliant or Baffling? Business Card Scanner

If you're a busy networking bee then your wallet may soon become home to more than just cash and old receipts. You'd be surprised how quickly a business card collection can grow into a small stack that sits, unorganized, in your wallet. A solution may be to get a business card scanner ($150) that would easily organize all of your contacts. There's even a button that lets you send your contacts to your electronic address book once they've been scanned.

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urzula urzula 8 years
I think it could be great depending on your situation. My friend has one and he loves it.
Candybee Candybee 9 years
I use Card Scan and I really like it. Sure, it jumbles some letters, but over all, for me, its easier than entering in each one. I just have to go to each card, check it to make sure its right, make one or two adjustments and move on. I like it.
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
Like others have said, if you have hundreds and hundreds of business cards, the machine can be a hassle. One problem I had with the machine is that if the font isn't a normal font or if the color isn't black, then the machine has a difficult time figuring out the text. Sometimes, if you don't feed it exactly the way it wants, then it doesn't read the text correctly, either. The margins on the business card also have to be a certain way. I spent hours going through and correcting the scanned data at an old job. Thank God I'm not an assistant anymore!
sunnyheart sunnyheart 9 years
While this might not be necessary for the average Jill, I saw one of these in action just the other day--at my doctor's office. When I came in, they scanned my driver's license and my insurance cards in just a few seconds. Building a database could be complicated, but if you're using it just to make photo-scans of confidential information or information you're afraid you'll lose it seems like a great idea.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
Scanning to an address book is not as easy as it sounds. I had to help someone at work with one of these a couple of years ago, and it was a hassle! Still, if you have "hundreds" of them, it might be worth the time spent.
looseseal looseseal 9 years
That reminds me, I need to put my contacts in a database. I don't have so many that I would need a unitasker scanner for them, though. And yeah, I'd expect the scanner wouldn't get everything right all the time.
murdock99tx murdock99tx 9 years
I prefer manually entering my boss's (and my) business cards we receive. 1) Scanners never get it right, and therefore it takes less time for me to enter than to correct what a scanner gets wrong, 2) the business card is often an update of an entry we already have in Outlook, so it would be duplicating some info., and make it hard to tell what's the latest, 3) money could be better spent elsewhere. Like on my electric stapler. :D THAT thing, I DO use!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I'm showing this to my boss! Every week or so, he gives me about a hundred business cards he's found lying around his house, and has me manually enter all of them into the database...!!! :irk: I would love to have this for the office.
ninjastarlett ninjastarlett 9 years
Sounds like something that is great in theory but might not be as practical as we hope when it comes to actual use.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
I would love this. I have all of my business cards for my work contacts in a business card book. I am always so afraid I am going to lose my book. This would be an awesome back up!
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