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Mommy's Lil Helper: Scan My Photos

Heaven forbid a fire should engulf my house, the first thing I would grab (after all warm bodies are safe) would be my photo albums. While my daughter's first years are stored on the computer and online photo services, I have some old family photos that would be irreplaceable.

If I had the time and a scanner, I'd do my best to convert them to digital memories. But alas, I don't. That's why I'm considering using The genius photo service will take 1,000 pictures and scan them onto a disk for $50! From there, I can store them onto my computer and keep a hard copy in my CD case. Now, I just have to get comfortable with sending them in the mail.

Would you use a service like this?

Renees3 Renees3 8 years
my mom has worked ofr the post office for 20 years and really things don't get lost as often as people think. And really, they get found pretty often when they DO get lost. Nothing is perfect, no company or person can guarantee 100% that something won't be lost or damaged. But anytime you let something out of your hands it can get damaged. I had taken some film to walmart a while back to get developed and they did it wrong and half of them turned out white. awesome. If you get a good scanner, you can do it yourself, or take them into a place nearby. Tons of places do this now. It's a good idea to always have back ups! I'm planning on doing this for my parents soon. Don't want to lose those memories!
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
to rox, having tracking doesnt mean anything. it basically means you can track your package up until it gets lost. its in NO WAY any sort of assurance that your package will be received. Once your package is lost, they look at the tracking, make you wait 2 weeks, and then put in a "carrier claim" and then make you wait another 2 weeks for them to basically say, oh sorry, its lost forever. in working at my job for 3 years dealing with this day in and day out, i can count the times a package was actually found with one hand. its not worth the risk, it just isnt. Do you want years and years of priceless images to be lost? the company simply doenst care about one package amid their hundreds of thousands that they send a day. they pay you if you insured it, nothing if you didnt, and send you on your way.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
i used a company similar... and sent our wedding prints (i had a problem w/our photographer so would NOT under any circumstances give them any more money than they had already fleeced us for) so i had no qualms about sending our. it was all thru fedex so you could track your package, but i'd do it again.... its great having them on disc (not that i've dont anythign WITH them except print up one or two).
carak carak 8 years
check with your local Ritz Camera or locally owned camera shop. many of them have bulk scanners that can scan a high volume of prints (sometimes they call them Shoebox scanners). i'd feel more comfortable leaving my prints at a local shop than mailing them out & potentially having them lost in the mail!
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
i think its a great idea.. but id want to pick them up and drop them off, I wouldnt EVER put something that priceless in the mail. After working for a company that deals with all 4 of the major shipping companies including the usps, there is absoljutely no way i would put anything that i coudlnt run down and replace in 5 minutes in the mail. its just TOO risky.
ufshutterbabe ufshutterbabe 8 years
I couldn't ever send my photos out like that. Too many opportunities for the system to fail - lost in the mail, lost in their processing process, etc. I'd be a wreck. If you're going to do it, make sure you split the photos up - do not send all your pictures at once! For me, it was entirely worth the time and money investment to buy a nice scanner and do it myself.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
That's a fantastic service at a really great price! I was looking for something like that a little while back but I found a fantastic scanner that allows me to put in a giant stack of photos and it just scans them all one at a time and when it's done I have an option to just put the photos in iPhoto. If I wouldn't have gotten that scanner I would be using that service for sure. It would be just a tiny bit scary to mail the photos though.
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