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Legacybox vs. Walgreens

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By Christian Roemer

You’re in the market for digitization services. You want to share the photos of yourself in the 80s with the world. You want to become the planet’s first history influencer. You want your Magnum PI stache and unbuttoned hawaiian shirt to be the new, old definition of cool.

The problem is the only evidence that you didn’t always wear New Balance 608s are some 5x7 photos stashed away in a closet in your basement somewhere. “No more!” you say to yourself.

 

Searching around the web, you’ve likely seen a few different places that seem to do the same thing. Walgreens has a service, Kodak has a service, and then there’s Legacybox too. 

 

Choices are great, but you don’t know anything about digitization.


So how do you choose which service is right for you? That’s where we come in. We’ll help you compare the services that Walgreens and Legacybox provide, so that you know which one is going to take care of you, your privacy, and your memories the best.



Legacybox

Walgreens

 

Only 1 Company Touches Your Stuff?

Yes

No

 

Membership Required?

No

No

 

Packaging Materials Included?

Yes

No

 

Film Formats Accepted

Regular 8, Super 8, 16mm

Regular 8, Super 8, 16 mm

 

Tape Formats Accepted

 

VHS, VHS-C, Hi8, Video 8, Digital 8, Mini DV, Betamax, Micro MV, PAL

 

VHS, VHS-C, Hi8, Mini DV, Betamax, PAL, ¾ U Matic

 

Pictures Accepted 

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Step-by-Step Tracking?

 

Yes

 

No

 

Optional Thumb Drive Included?

 

Yes

 

No

 

Customer Service? 

 

Provided by knowledgeable Legacybox workers in Chattanooga, TN

 

Nope, Walgreens uses a different company to do the digitization

 

USA Today Recommended?

 

Yes

 

No


 

Right out of the gate, there are some real differences between the two services. Walgreens doesn’t actually do the digitization. Instead, they contract with a 3rd party to take care of things. Second, you actually have to load up your stuff and drop it off at a Walgreens store. Lastly, I’m not exactly sure how the process works from drop off to redelivery. Do they consolidate orders? Can you track each individual piece of media?


I still have a bunch of questions that their website just isn’t telling me.


For that reason, I’d choose Legacybox. Their customer service is unparalleled, they provide tracking numbers for every piece of media that they digitize, and they’re the only company that handles your stuff. They don’t give it to anyone else. It ships straight to them, then it ships straight back to you.


Plus, I’m really lazy, and driving to the store twice is something I’m just not going to do.

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