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Why Oprah’s Favorite Things® List Is Raising Questions

Editors note (11/8/17): We are pleased to share that since we began this consumer advocacy outreach, the “Oprah’s Favorite Things” gift listing has an update on its website. Each company gift item has a direct link to order from the merchant, rather than just through Amazon. Win one for small businesses.  And, there is an “ad choice” informational icon button on the “Available on Amazon, Shop Now” banner. However, on the main Amazon page, there still is no clear messaging explaining whether there may be an affiliate marketing component, as best that we can determine. We are unsure if there is “clear and conspicuous” full disclosure information of a possible relationship, if it exists, between the gift guide and Amazon?


  • Did Amazon’s market power lockout small businesses from making Oprah’s Favorite Things® list if a gift item is not available on Amazon?

  • Did Amazon’s influence perhaps even invalidate the credibility of the famed gift guide “handpicked by Oprah,” when you compare it with American Express’ Shop Small® Small Business Saturday® to help and promote shopping at local businesses?

  • Are O Magazine editors aware of the impact for potentially only choosing items listed on the Amazon platform?  Can customers directly buy from the merchant? Although, its website has a link and banner advising that Oprah’s Favorite Things are “Available on Amazon, Shop Now.”  We do not have the answers to these questions but are interested to learn more.  [Editors note, we reached out to identify the criteria for being listed and if products profiled must be available on Amazon? No reply yet]. 

Preamble


We are staunch Oprah Winfrey loyalist advocates. Her inspirational, humanitarian and career of helping so many is legendary.



For two decades, a bright spotlight is again shining as 102 of the pioneering entrepreneur’s “Favorite Things” gift list is announced. We congratulate all our fellow entrepreneurs as they prepare for the “Oprah Effect” to churn out life-changing new orders from this year’s mention.


The Power of Amazon


Were small businesses shut out from being considered for Oprah’s Favorite Things® gift directory because they were not listed on Amazon.com?



In 2014, we almost made the list. After being asked to send the contributing style editor at O Magazine our ScanMyPhotos.com photo scanning box to digitize her photos, we were nearly there. [Since 1990, we have digitized 400 million pictures.] Then, we got word she and her editors “loved it.” Better yet.

 

We geared up for the December listing, but just weeks prior to the coveted edition, lamentably, we learned ScanMyPhotos did not make the cut — nor did she. All her pictures were scanned and hundreds of dollars spent to rush the media review kit — with overnight delivery, along with every extra scanning service included. Her departure from the magazine was an obstacle, but we persevered, never gave up and tried, again and again, to help get noticed and digitize generations of family photos.



ScanMyPhotos.com Fill-The-Box Online Ordering

This year, we noticed something different, and of concern.


As we see from this page, are all the gift ideas available for ordering under a unique Amazon special Oprah’s Favorite Things page? Are independent small businesses who are not selling on Amazon excluded from consideration?


The Problem


Because if all the items are available on Amazon, it shuts out many innovative small businesses — which only sell directly to consumers — from making the famed list. At ScanMyPhotos.com, we looked into selling on Amazon but chose to stay independent to personalize each order and boost direct relations with our customers. The reason? Photo scanning is highly personalized, emotional, requires extensive concierge-level assistance and extra care.


Did many lose out because they aren’t selling on Amazon.com?


We missed being listed, but, over the years, we had feature media profiles from scores of other prominent outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and even AARP The Magazine’s Top Tech Gifts.


The Question?


Were other innovative businesses with equally creative gift ideas that are not listed on Amazon get overlooked?


Epilogue


We love Oprah and no hard feelings, especially if we missed something here.


Everyone at ScanMyPhoto’s looks to 2018 as we try, try again. As there are still 3 1/2 trillion analog photos to scan, and the average household has 5,500 snapshots. So, we hope you will still have your pictures digitized to preserve all your nostalgic family memories — even without us making the cut… this year.

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7 Tips In Preparing For Apple iPhone X

Welcome to the premiere of The ScanMyPhotos Tech Report to share helpful insights and tips with you. Today we are sharing 7 tips to prepare you for the new Apple iPhone X


The ScanMyPhotos Tech Report: 7 Tips In Preparation For Delivery Of Your New iPhone X


Today, Brian X. Chen lead consumer technology writer for The New York Times wrote what must singularly be the best review ever, as he raves on the new iPhone X. He announced that “[t]he iPhone X is the best iPhone ever made. The tests revealed that the phone was incredibly fast and took exceptional photos, which helped me arrive at this verdict: Splurge on the iPhone X.”




As millions await delivery of the new smartphone model, we share with you the premiere of The ScanMyPhotos Tech Report to help prepare you for delivery of the new iPhone X (pronounced “ten”). Do you have additional tips which we can add and share?



Backup to fully sync your old smartphone on your computer and on iCloud to safeguard all your settings for a full and smooth transition to the iPhone X (after upgrading to iOS, version 11.1)


Upgrade your old phone’s iOS software to the latest version (11.1)


Watch Tutorials like Apple’s Tip and YouTube videos related to setting up the iPhone X


Get Ready to Sell your old phone on sites like Gazelle, eBay, Craigslist, or sell it back to your phone carrier provider


Register Now to beat the crowds to reserve your seat at the Apple Genius Bar to get personalized support


While Waiting, Scan Your Entire Photo History. What’s missing from all smartphones are pictures. The average household has 5,500 still-analog snapshots, and there are 3 1/2 trillion old-school pictures not yet digitized. Most devices just have recent digital photos uploaded, but not those nostalgic decades-past photos, 35mm slides, and film negatives.


ScanMyPhotos.com has digitized 400 million pictures and now features scanning about 6,000 photos for under $300, including free 3-way S/H to get it done while awaiting your new smartphone


 

 

Erase Everything from your old smartphone to remove all your personal information (Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings



Visit ScanMyPhotos for more tips to help with your photo scanning project

 


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How to Professionally Scan 35mm Slides

Scanning 35mm Slides


Start enjoying the many happy memories captured on your family’s old slides by professionally converting them to a digital format that you can share with everyone. Choose between our Standard or Premium Scanning slide services.


Standard Scanning – Save money on our most popular slide 35mm hand scanning service, without color adjustments, 20% discount from the premium scanning. To reduce dust and service scratches, most slides are scanned using Kodak’s Digital ICE Technology.


Premium Scanning – Our professional technician’s hand scan each slide and carefully adjust the images to achieve the optimum color and density, ensuring each image is at its best. To reduce dust and service scratches, most slides are scanned using Kodak’s Digital ICE Technology.


Our technician’s professionally hand- scan each slide.  To reduce dust and surface scratches, most slides are scanned using Kodak’s Digital ICE technology. Your slides are carefully scanned by hand into 2,000 or 4,000 dpi JPEG files and saved on top-quality 80-year archival DVDs, flash drives or instantly uploaded to you.


Because so many want to know more about the process to digitize their 35mm slides, this past TV news segment showcases a special behind-the-scenes tour.  Enjoy.


For details to get your photo scanning project to preserve those decades-past 35mm slides professionally scanned, please click here.


Lost artwork from LA’s history has been discovered in the basement of the oldest television station west of the Mississippi River, KTLA Television Channel 5 in Los Angeles (KTLA-TV-CH5-LA).


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“How to keep your old videos, music, and photos safe forever”

Francis Navarro, at Komando.com shares many smart and innovative tips for preserving your invaluable media. Follow along as Francis explains why you must digitally preserve all those special memories.


We all know by now that technology always marches on and media formats always come and go. If you’re like me, you probably have a whole library of old cassette tapes, vinyl records, photographs, slides, film and Polaroid snapshots gathering dust somewhere.



MAIL-IN PHOTO SERVICE (excerpt from KimKomando.com)

 

If you’re not very mobile then mailing your photos to a service that operates online may be a better option. You can send your photos or slides to services iMemories, ScanMyPhotos and FotoBridge; they mail you a DVD with all of your images and they return the original photos too.


iMemories is running a limited time offer that charges 49 cents per slide or photo. ScanMyPhotos has a prepaid box option; you pay a flat rate of $145 to digitize a box of photos and $196 for a box of slides. The box is 11″ x 8.5″ x 5.5″ and it can hold about 1,800 photos or 450 slides. FotoBridge has several different price points for packages that start at 250 photos or slides and goes all the way up to 10,000 photos or slides. It’s $99.95 to digitize 500 photos and $189.95 for 500 slides.


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Just Added To Enhance Your Photo Scanning Order: Your Concierge Expert

Concierge expert to seamlessly oversee your order, from start to finish


Elite Concierge Expert ServiceSign Up for Your Own Elite Concierge Expert at ScanMyPhotos


The “Elite Concierge Expert” ScanMyPhotos service provides new, added benefits as you tap into our team of personalized assistants. This customer-centric service is a blueprint, built on our 28-years of experience to deliver an enhanced, superior service as we help you digitize your nostalgic photo memories.


We understand that there is a definitive difference between a fine dining experience and waiting in line at a fast food restaurant; that is why we have dedicated experts ready to be assigned to your order.


Benefits:

  • You are assigned to an Elite Concierge Experts who also oversees a dedicated team of photo technicians just for you
  • Receive a new, added level of comprehensive and expanded personalization for your photo scanning order
  • More efficient access and an easier way to connect with us throughout the entire process — from your first touch to your completed scanning project being returned to you.
  • You are our highest priority, as we seamlessly oversee your order, from start to finish
  • We remove the complexity of all your “how-to” and other questions as our highest priority to optimize your experience with ScanMyPhotos
  • Added access to directly communicate with your own personal assistant with expedited attention who will already be familiar with your order
  • This Elite Concierge Service from ScanMyPhotos is just $12.95 extra per order.
  • To order and include a dedicated concierge expert click “Add to Cart” as you are placing your order, and we handle the rest.
  • It is instant, automatic and nothing else is needed.
  • Whenever you need to reach them, just call, email or use our online help desk and you are directly connected after adding this to your order.

Behind-the-scenes tour at ScanMyPhotos via KTLA-TV


 


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