LegacyBox is a company dedicated to helping you preserve any format of outdated memories in a digital format.
They can preserve many different kinds of media - photos, VHS tapes, DVDs, even Super 8 film!
We really liked the frequent updates from the company, especially since our irreplaceable family memories were in their hands.
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Start of Cooperation with LegacyBox
After shipping off our LegacyBox filled with family memories, the company kept us informed of its progress along the way.
We received emails confirming that they received our box, when they began digitizing our VHS tapes and when they began the rendering process of the digital files.
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Pros to LegacyBox
You never have to leave your house! If the thought of finding a local place (or a techie friend) to do this for you feels a little daunting, they save you having to worry about making phone calls or online research to find a company to preserve your memories.
This would make a cool and unique gift idea. We thinking it would be fun to give to a relative or friend who had a lot of memories to preserve or for someone who had lost a loved one.
It's so simple… well, not the part of going through all the memories and photos! But the part of actually sending things off to LegacyBox? It's a cinch! You just put your items in baggies with identification stickers on them, pop them in the LegacyBox kit, put it back in the mailer box it came from, attach the pre-paid label, and drop it off at a FedEx store. Boom, done.
Cons to LegacyBox
You could do it yourself. While some of the older VHS, film, and audio might be hard to professionally preserve yourself, other things - like photos - would be fairly simple to scan and preserve onto a DVD or thumb drive.
It's expensive. $75 to $500 for preserving your memories is a lot of money. But it's also one of those things that could be a priceless sort of investment. Many of the photos and VHS tapes we dug up were ones we would never want to lose… and ones we want to share with our kids and grandkids.
Note: Many people have left comments stating that LegacyBox lost their photos or VHS tapes that they sent in. Read the comments for honest experiences others have had with LegacyBox that were not positive.
Free USBs for the trouble?
We also want to note that LegacyBox included two USBs with our return order. They contain all our digital files. LegacyBox offers this option as an add-on to their boxes during the initial order process. The prices range from $15.95 for an 8GB thumb drive with the $75 Starter box to $49.95 for a 64GB thumb drive with the $500 Closet Box package.
We did not order these USBs. LegacyBox did not include a note or other documentation explaining their inclusion in our box. We left to assume that LegacyBox sent these complimentary thumb drives to us because it was a return order and they were trying to make things “right.” We appreciate the gesture, as it will make it easier to share these files digitally with friends and family.
As part of their regular packages, LegacyBox includes digital files on CDs with your order. But, because both the CDs and the files are only labeled with your order number, it could be time consuming to figure out which CD has the file you are looking for.
Would we use LegacyBox again?
Yes, we would use LegacyBox again to preserve our family memories. The company re-digitized our entire order on fresh discs at no additional charge. LegacyBox also sent us two complimentary USBs containing all our digital files. To us, this demonstrates the company is serious about customer satisfaction.
We also want to be clear that we not affiliated with LegacyBox in any way. We paid for the Closet box package last fall during one of their sales. We chose to blog about my experience because we didn't see many LegacyBox reviews online when we did a search last year prior to purchasing a box.