I don’t know about you guys, but January is always a month of cleaning, organizing and clearing out in our house. It always feels particularly good after the holidays to clear the clutter. I have had a project on my to-do list for years that I am so excited to finally be doing something about! You see, I am what you might call a bit of a memory hoarder. I have been taking thousands of pictures since I got my first 110 point and shoot camera when I was in third grade. Soon pictures weren’t just enough and when John and I got married we invested in a small Hi-8 Video camera and took hundreds of hours of video tape. Well, those videos have been sitting in the basement (in a temperature controlled room of course) for years now. The poor kids have never seen videos of themselves when they were little since we have no way of playing back those tapes. It has been on my list to march those tapes, one at a time, over to Costco and take advantage of their Videotape to DVD service. I had this grand plan that I was going to take a tape every time I went to shop. Well…that didn’t happen and a week or so ago John forwarded me an email that finally encouraged me to check that long awaited item off my list. Costco is closing their in-store photo service and no longer offering their video transfer service! I was in a bit of a panic and that email started me on the hunt for something similar. That’s when I found Legacy Box. I spent a few days reading Legacy Box reviews, really investigating how Legacy Box works and looking for Legacy Box coupons so I could make sure to get the best pricing I could as well as ensure that my memories would be safe, before I placed my order.
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Legacy Box is a service that takes all those old photos, videos, slides, audio recordings and films and digitizes them for you. No more boxes of old video tapes and slides, get them out of the box and onto the TV or computer for everyone to enjoy watching!
Depending on how many items you need to have digitized, you pick the size of Legacy Box you want to purchase. They have everything from a two-item started kit to what they call a 40 item trunk available. Legacy Boxes are set for 10, 20 40 items etc. but no need to worry if you have more items to digitize than what they offer. You can add items on to each box easily to customize it to the size you need. Once you place your order for the size box you would like, Legacy Box will ship you an official “Legacy Box” and then you can get to work! The box ships inside a regular shipping box. Be careful when you are opening the shipping box because you will re-use that box to ship your items back.
Along with your Legacy Box, they include a booklet with all the instructions you need, as well as your bar codes and shipping labels. What are the barcodes for you ask? The barcodes are specially generated for your particular order. You simply affix one label to each video tape so that Legacy Box can keep it all together and identify which items are yours.
Need to add more items to your box? No worries! Legacy Box has already thought of that. They include extra barcodes on the next page of the booklet…
You can see that for each additional tape etc. it is a reduced rate of $15 to add them. Once your items are all barcoded, you simply fill your Legacy Box and get it ready to ship back…how cool is that?
Package your Legacy Box back up in the original shipping box and affix your pre-paid postage labels to the outlined spots on the box. Drop it at a UPS location and you are all set! Legacy Box will do the rest. Once your box arrives at Legacy Box headquarters, they get to work digitizing your memories onto your choice of thumb drive, the cloud, or DVD. This process says it takes roughly 6-8 weeks on their website. During the digitizing process, they provide real-time updates and lots of emails to let you know that your memories are safe and secure.
Depending on the number of items you need to digitize, it costs roughly $25 per item when you purchase your Legacy Box without any coupons or promotions…but in my experience it seems as though they are ALWAYS running a promotion. I purchased my Legacy Box at 50% off. In addition to the cost of the box, you will need to choose which type of digital product you want to get back. You can pick more than one option, you simply pay for it. I purchased the 40 item trunk (remember I said I was a memory hoarder? ;)) and each of my digitized items were $80. That may vary depending on the size of box you order. I decided that I wanted mine in both DVD format and on a thumb drive. It was worth it to me to pay the additional $80 to have a back up.
Along with the additional charge for your selected digital item, there is a shipping charge which varies according to the size of your box. Finally, I upgraded my return shipping for $30 to ensure extra safe handling of all of my memories…but that is just optional. In total, with a 50% off Legacy Box coupon/promotion, with all the extras, it worked out to about $17 per item for me to get them transferred. That price ends up being about $3 less than it would have cost me through Costco when all is said and done, so I consider it a killer deal because I know Costco is ALWAYS a great deal.
Because I am dealing with our most precious memories, I did some serious digging to make sure that they would be safe and secure. The thousands and thousands of positive Legacy Box reviews convinced me that this was a great way to securely have our family memories converted. The process so far has been easy and seamless. I’ll be sure to update this post here when our cherished memories are returned and we have the digital copies in hand. I can’t wait! 🙂
I may be a little bit of a cheater, letting someone else organize all of these photos and videos for me, but it sure feels great to get this project off my to-do list. It has been weighing on me for years, so it is a big weight lifted! If you know someone who has a closet full of family memories just sitting, a Legacy Box would make a great gift too!
Let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer them for you! 🙂
I hope you are feeling excited to dust off those family videos and digitize them!