Originally Posted by gaborm
I don't know about you, but to me a $1000.00 won't really replace the amount of slides and/or negatives collected in the last 25-30 years.
Even one roll for someone could be priceless.
Well I don't imagine anyone would send 25 or 30 years of slides and negatives out. You'd send them out one batch at a time. Of course the alternative is to spend $500 to $1000 for a quality scanner with ICE and then spend hundreds of hours scanning them, and manually retouching, etc. I'm willing to bet that few people will have the stamina to do this sort of project. I know, I tried it once myself. After scanning about 100 negatives, I gave up. The quality was poor, the time taken was long, the process was boring, and when I saw 10,000 negatives still to go, I just gave up.
Just think of the advantages offered by this type of service. Lets say you do a rough sort through the old negatives and come up with 5000 of them. You send them off in batches of 1000. A month or so later, you look at the results on line (and you can really see the results since you're seeing a scan and not looking at a negative in a lightbox). Now you can pick and choose the ones to keep and you don't have to pay for the rest. Seems a much more efficient way to proceed with much better results.