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Barcoding my Items

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By Christian Roemer

One of the most common questions we get here at Legacybox is how exactly to barcode your home media when you’re prepping it for digitization. It’s a great question, and properly barcoding your memories is one of the most important parts of the digitization process.


But first, let’s talk about what makes the barcodes so special.


Long story short, barcodes are the way that we--and you--keep track of your memories while they’re in the mail, going through our digitization process, and going back in the mail to return to your home. Barcodes are how we identify your memories, keep them organized, and make sure we don’t mix anyone’s media up with anyone else’s. Lastly, it’s how we upload status updates for you so that you can always know exactly what your tapes, photos, and film are up to.


Now that that’s out of the way, here’s the info you’re looking for: how to properly barcode your media.

When you’re shopping for digitization options on Legacybox, you’ll notice that our packages are based on the quantity of items that you’d like to have converted. The reason we need to know that is because every single item needs to have its own unique barcode. That helps us make sure each tape, film, or picture set is accounted for. Without the barcode, we’d have no idea how to identify the millions of pieces of media that we get every year.


When you’re putting your barcodes on all of your media, the most important thing to do is to make sure they’re on there securely. That means you should run your thumb over the sticker to make sure the adhesive is stuck tight. While we pride ourselves on the safety of our boxes, there’s no avoiding a little bit of rattling around, and you certainly don’t want the stickers to accidentally slip off.


Our advice is to keep the bar codes on a place that’s easy to find, won’t interfere with the media in any way, and is easy to find. We find that the front of VHS tape sleeves or boxes, the tops of film canisters, and on the front of your photo pouches. You’d definitely not want to hide your barcodes somewhere crazy, like underneath the film cover on a VHS tape. Additionally, you’d never want to mess with any of the media itself by sticking the barcodes on the film or pictures themselves.


The most important thing about sticking barcodes on your media is that you want everything in an easy to find spot where you can stick them down firmly. If you do that, you’ll be set.


One of the best parts about ordering digitization services with Legacybox is that we have some of the most friendly and helpful customer service in the world. If you ever have any questions and how to properly set up your barcodes, all you have to do is give us a ring, and we’ll be sure to walk you through any concerns you have. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your priceless memories.


So what are you waiting for? Order your Legacybox and get your memories digitized ASAP!

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