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January 24, 2007 – Looking for a way to archive your family pictures? Divide personal photos in the divorce settlement? California-based photo retailer 30 Minute Photos Etc. launched ScanMyPhotos.com today, offering customers quick mass scanning of about 2000 photos for just under $100.
"Everything is instant and easy," said 30 Minute Photos Etc. President and CEO Mitch Goldstone in an interview with DigitalCameraInfo.com.
Under the slogan "From Shoebox To CD," ScanMyPhotos.com allows consumers to digitalize their printed photos through online ordering of a pre-paid US Priority Mail box. For a flat fee of $99.99, users can have any number of prints scanned, so long as they fit in one of the two box sizes. The Regular Photo Box at 11in. x 8.5in. x 5.5in. fits about 1500 to 2000 4x6 prints, and the Enlargement Photo Box at 11.87in x 3.37 x 13.62in. can hold larger 8x10 prints.
Upon arrival, ScanMyPhotos.com uses Kodak hi-speed photo scanners to batch scan the images that same day. The photos are saved onto DVDs as 4x6 sized images at 300dpi, approximately 1.5 or 2 megapixels each and sent back to the customer without additional return fees.
When asked about the risk of placing entire photo collections in one box through the mail, Goldstone said Minute Photos Etc. hasn’t lost a box yet, with each box marked with a tracking number. The CEO cited other possible photo disasters such as flood and fire. "If you don’t send them to us, you will lose them…It is essential to have [your photos] digitalized," said Goldstone.
In addition, ScanMyPhotos.com keeps customer’s files on record for 30 days, during which time users can order additional copies or photo merchandise.