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The majority of my life has been captured on 35mm film or VHS tapes. My memories for my children are digital photos and DVDs. My 7 year old asked me a couple weeks ago, "Mom what were things like back in the old days when you were young." Oh lordy way to make me feel old as dirt there bud, bless his heart. My Mom has the majority of VHS tapes of my childhood and I have a memory box of "old" photos. Do you have photos and VHS tapes stashed away waiting to be converted to the new age technology? Did you know that The UPS Store has teamed up with iMemories, an online destination for digitizing, storing and sharing your memories from "old" photos, VHS tapes, photo negatives and even 8mm and Super 8's.
I had the opportunity to give iMemories a try thanks to The UPS Store. On November 7th I gathered up some negatives, photos and videos and drove the 12 minutes over to The UPS Store. I had Little B with me and I had never been in this particular store and I was just hoping he would mind his manners. There were 2 guys working and I told them what I wanted/needed and "John" went right to work and we got my conversion process started. I had a box with my items in it but didn't tape it up because I wasn't sure if it was a decent box to use or not and its a good thing I didn't because John repackaged my items in a smaller box after he did his weighing and measuring.
I trusted The UPS Store and iMemories with my treasured memories. I knew that The UPS Store would package and ship my box and it would arrive to iMemories safely. I filled out the form for iMemories and included my iMemories card to pay for my conversion.
On November 15th I received multiple email notifications from iMemories letting me know that my account had been created and that my box had been delivered to them. Then I had to wait for the items to be digitized. Then on November 23 I received another email from iMemories notifying me that my movies and/or photos were available online. I could now view my items and create what I wanted to for DVDs. You can also store and share your photos with iMemories. I downloaded all my converted photos to my computer and shared some on Facebook. To continue to keep the items stored with iMemories it will cost you $4.99 a month but I figured since I downloaded all my photos to my computer and made hard copies with those and had my videos ordered to DVD I won't be needing the continued storage.
Then life happened. I'm not making excuses I'm just telling it how it is. My son had strep throat, I had to be both Mom and Dad for a few days then came Thanksgiving and as a result I was rarely on the computer for anything. I finally edited and made my DVD and had it was ordered. As soon as I completed my order I was emailed that my order was processing. A couple hours later I received another email giving me a tracking number for my order through UPS. Now that is fast. I have a delivery date of December 7th. I am looking forward to sharing my DVD with my boys so they can see what Mama was like "back in the old days". Now y'all need to know the DVDs will only be as good of quality as the VHS tapes that you send in. My video was from my high school graduation party with my family from 2002 so I knew that my video was still in great shape and that my DVD should be just as great. As soon as I get my DVD I will be sure to update y'all with how it turned out. This entire process has taken about 2 ½ weeks. I have other videos that I want converted and I think the DVDs would make great gifts for some family members. Also, I need to point out what great customer service reps that there are for iMemories. These ladies were awesome while working with me.
*UPDATE* Lookie what I got from UPS today (12/7)! It was delivered right on schedule.
I popped it right in the Blu-ray player as soon as I got it. Baby B got a good laugh at seeing Mommy when she was younger along with my other family members. He didn't recognize most of them and once I told him who they were he started giggling even more. I'm glad I was able to share some of the good "old days" as my 7 year old calls my time in high school, now mind you I 'just' graduated in 2002. Now to dig out my other videos and have some gifts made.
Disclaimer: This shop has been compensated as part of social shopper insight study for Collective Bias #CBias #PreservingMemories A positive review was not required for this post and as always opinions in this post are that of Shanaka of Mama Bee Does.