Irvine, CA (PRWEB) November 9, 2005
Do you have closets crammed with shoe boxes of photos spanning generations?
In what is the biggest news in the photo industry since the launch of digital photography, high speed digital scans are causing families to track down their old shoe boxes of photo memories. Even large companies are having ShoeboxReprints.com save all their photographic documents on digital CDs.
What just weeks ago took minutes for each scan now is too fast to track.
What weeks ago cost upwards of $5.00 per scan is today under 5 cents.
“It’s like magic, but once we show customers all their favorite photos on digital CDs and DVDs they also become fans,” explained company president Mitch Goldstone.
Goldstone is no stranger to the photo industry, as a well-known photo imaging industry leader, his more than 15-years of entrepreneurial experiences is what launched this new service. Along with partner Carl Berman, the owners of Irvine, CA-based 30 Minute Photos Etc., are announcing today the launch of their newest national photo service, ShoeboxReprints.com.
In minutes, people’s entire shoe boxes of stored photos are digitally preserved on (300 dpi, 1.5 - 2 MB) high resolution files. These giant files are perfect for ordering reprints and enlargement to share with the entire family this holiday season.
The ShoeboxReprints.com website features all the information on how to prepare your photos. Then, in minutes their photo service digitally stores up to 500 images on a digital CD and up to 2,000 images on a DVD.
Imagine revisiting your history. Have your shoe boxes of photos converted from just memories into an entirely new way to share, print and archive pictures. "This is a `grand-slam' for the entire photo industry and especially the Eastman Kodak Company,” remarked Goldstone.
Nearly every household has shoe box-sized files full of family photos. Until now, there was no convenient way to save, share and reproduce billions of these treasures.
The recent hurricanes and natural disasters also reminded Americans to protect their prized photos, and this is the solution.
Rather than investing time and frustration to individually scan each photo, picture-takers -- from teens to young-adults and especially seniors -- can now bring their collection of treasured memories to 30 Minute Photos Etc. but first, visit its new website, ShoeboxReprints.com for complete info.
Once the images are scanned, consumers can also order real U.S. photo postage stamps through the website. Even out-of-town friends and relatives can then easily order their own Kodak-quality photos with instant, same-day fulfillment from 30minphotos.com.
The Kodak high-speed commercial print scanner and Kodak Capture Software is the engine behind this newest entrepreneurial persuit. It safely preserves high-resolution pictures in seconds –– 150 pictures per minute. "The convenience factor is overwhelming,” said Goldstone, because “any size photo -- from tiny wallet pictures on onionskin thin paper to 11x17 inch cardboard-thick enlargements are all scanned together, instantly."
30 Minute Photos Etc., the Irvine, CA-based retail photo center and 30minphotos.com, its online boutique photo service is among the first to offer this new technology. For consumers not located in Orange County, CA, convenient overnight courier service is available.
Did you know that only 3% of photographs are ever reproduced? According to the Photo Marketing Association, while 26-billion prints were made in 2005, there was no expedient way to quickly and inexpensively archive, share and print copies from original photos.
This is why Goldstone is so encouraged by Kodak’s family of high-speed production scanners and how he expects it to redefine the photo industry. It even passes his entrepreneurial 30-second "elevator pitch" test with 20-seconds to spare. This is where in 30-seconds you describe your business model to explain the concept, customer and catalyst for bringing both together.
Goldstone expects that Kodak will sell hundreds of thousands of these high-speed print scanners to a broad spectrum of new commercial customers, including to the photo industry and entirely new business channels; such as, attorneys and law enforcement agencies which need to efficiently archive their file photos. Photo labs too will create new revenue centers as they bring in more customers and order more Kodak-quality photographic paper and chemistry.
"Because the scanner is so efficient, there is no need to select which photos are your favorites," explained Goldstone. "We want people to conveniently preserve all their photos, even the silly pictures because those are part of their memories too. That is why we came up with the price of 1,000 scans from photos for just $49.95."
At 30 Minute Photos Etc., the charge to scan, digitally archive and upload an entire standard-sized shoe box of individually stacked photos is just $49.95 - or under 5-cents per photo and 49 cents for each Kodak Professional Endura matte finish photographic print at retail or discounted online. The entire order is completed within minutes. You can also choose to upload your images to the 30minphotos.com website to share every photo memory. This is where you can add music and turn the images into a slide show presentation.
ShoeboxReprints.com and the 30minphotos.com website also provide easy ordering for real U.S. authorized postage stamps featuring your favorite photo, themed photo greeting cards and photo restoration services to fix pictures.
"Reprints were never a significant part of the business," explained Goldstone. "But, when you realize that billions of priceless family treasures are stored away in shoe boxes full of pictures, the challenge was how to get people to protect pictures from deteriorating and also make reprints for the entire family.”
Contact: Mitch Goldstone, president, 30 Minute Photos Etc. 92 Corporate Park Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606, Ph: 949-474-7654, email: goldstone (at) 30minphotos.com. Websites: http://www.30minphotos.com, http://www.ShoeboxReprints.com
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