“I Am A Forever Customer:” 5 Reasons One Customer Loves ScanMyPhotos

testimonialOne of ScanMyPhotos’ current customers, Helen of South Florida, is a camera bug. “I have taken pictures of my children and grandchildren since day one,” she told me. “I have books and books of photographs, and I know they are starting to fade, and I’m losing memories. We’re Italian, and we love family. When you love family, you want to keep those memories and pass them down to new generations. It’s a legacy.”
 

During a story-filled phone interview, Helen kept adding to the list of what she loves about ScanMyPhotos. Here are her top 5 reasons:
 

Photos are scanned in-house

 

“A photographer referred me to one photo-scanning company, and then I found out they would send my photos on a freighter across the ocean [to have them scanned]. There was no way I was going to do that! When I found out my photos would not get sent overseas by ScanMyPhotos, I was so happy.”
 

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Why ScanMyPhotos Collects Sales Tax From All Customers

sales-tax-calculatorWe have been receiving questions from our out-of-state customers about why we collect sales tax. While it is true that we are an online retailer and do not have to, the tide is turning, and it could turn against us.
 

On December 2, the United States Supreme Court upheld a ruling from the New York Court of Appeals requiring Internet retailers to collect sales taxes even if they don’t have a physical presence in the state. (Not surprisingly, the suit was brought by Amazon.com and Overstock.com, who, of course, do not want to force customers to pay sales tax.)
 

“The bottom line,” Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman wrote for the majority, “is that if a vendor is paying New York residents to actively solicit business in this state, there is no reason why that vendor should not shoulder the appropriate tax burden.”
 
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B&H Takes Photo, Video, and ProAudio Shopping And Education To A Whole New Level

Photographic equipmentAt ScanMyPhotos.com, we take photo scanning and restoration seriously. After all, preserving a lifetime of memories is a really special and rather unique job, though of course taking those photos that capture the memories is the most important job. If you still use a camera for that purpose, you might want to check out B&H Photo, Video, and ProAudio.
 

Known as The Professional’s Source, B&H is probably this country’s premier photo and video store. Even if you live nowhere near their flagship store in New York City, it is a resource worth becoming familiar with if you are interested in the art and science of photography.
 
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Don’t Delay! Backup Your Photos Now

Cloud storageYou’ve recently had your photos scanned as a backup for your physical pictures, but how do you backup your digital photos and files? Don’t become complacent now that your photos are in a digital format, there is still work to do. Hard drive failures happen with an alarming frequency. Hard drive failure rates “varies from 1.9% for drives that were in their first year of operation, to over 8.6% observed in the 3-year old population.” 1 No matter where you live, there is a threat of natural disasters and the risk of a home fire is constant. These forces pay no attention to whether your photos are in a photo album or on your computer, they simply destroy it all.
 

If you haven’t thought about a backup plan for your digital files, here are some ideas to get you started down the right path.
 
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Using AppleTV to Reconnect with Long Lost Relatives

Family viewing photos on TVMy father, like many people, is a transplant. He was born in the small mining village of Bellaire, Ohio and he hadn’t been back to visit in well over 20 years. This past summer he decided to take a few weeks to go back, visit and catch them up on what he has been up to since the last time he visited in the 80s. Much of our Ohio family is older and not computer literate so they haven’t been kept up to date with family photos, news and stories via email and Facebook. So much family history has happened to our clan since the last time he visited, he decided he wanted to take a bunch of photos to show everyone my sister and I growing up and all that went along with it.
 

There was one big problem: how do you choose which photos to take? How do you summarize 20 years of family history into a handful of photos? Even if you can narrow it down, what is the best way to transport all of those photos? Luckily, he has a son that works for a company that scans photos and had the perfect solution.
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Four Ways You Can Help Support Military Families Including Digitizing Photos

ScanMyPhotos has always supported our country’s military families. We recognize that they face hardships on a daily basis that most of us will never know. Imagine not seeing your spouse or children for months and missing events such as the birth of a child, a first word spoken or something as simple as that first goal scored in pee-wee soccer.
Back in 2004, ScanMyPhotos partnered with Operation Homefront, Kodak, Sony and Canon to collect new and used digital cameras for military families, a campaign we called “Operation Photo”. We believed that through sharing photos, families could share both the special and the day-to-day moments that make being separated so hard. We also understood that not every family could afford a digital camera to do this. It’s hard to imagine now, but back then, even a 3MP camera would cost someone $250-$400, not a price tag suitable for those on fixed income like a military family. (If you wish to donate your working, used digital camera today, please contact Operation Homefront directly)

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Cool things to do with your Instagram photos

b53a1dca488e11e180c9123138016265_7By now, everyone is familiar with, if not addicted to, Instagram, that plucky little app that launched in 2010, has grown to over 100 million users and was purchased by Facebook for $1 billion.
Sure it is fun to take the photos, add some filters and share them but don’t you wish you could do a little more with the photos? Thankfully, there are now numerous other fun things you can do with your Instagram photos instead of just posting them to Facebook.
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Parade Magazine makes ScanMyPhotos a “Parade Picks”

ScanMyPhotos in Parade MagazineQuick, can you name the most widely read magazine in the United States? I bet you didn’t know that it is Parade Magazine which has a circulation of 32.5 million and nearly 60 million readers. Additionally, the Parade Digital Partners, which includes Parade.com, has nearly 50 million unique visitors every month. Typically the magazine only has one main article mixed with some smaller articles and regular columns. One such column is the “Parade Picks” column which highlights various books, movies, and products that the editors think their readers would be interested in.

 

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