What You'll Get
In the past, conducting business online meant lugging your computer to the store, plugging it into a surly salesperson, and uploading your request with a series of Morse code mouse clicks. Enjoy computerized commerce from the comfort of your home with today's Groupon for goods and services from ScanDigital, Zazzle.com, Canvas on Demand, and A&I Books. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get $50 worth of customizable gifts from Zazzle.com.
- For $45, you can turn any picture into a 16"x20" gallery-wrapped piece of artwork from Canvas on Demand. Holiday offer is only valid for Canvas on Demand Gift Card (a $126.95 value, including shipping and handling).
- For $40, you can preserve photos on CD's or home videos on DVD's with digitization services from ScanDigital. Holiday offer includes option for ScanDigital Gift Card (a $100 value).
- For $10, you get an 8"x8" soft-cover photobook of up to 40 pages from A&I Books. Holiday offer includes option for A&I Gift Card (a $30 value).
Zazzle.com is an intensely popular provider of personalized presents, including T-shirts, coffee mugs, greeting cards, and more, all emblazoned with a singular seal of your own idiosyncratic identity. Each product is created on the spot by Zazzle.com's non-denominational gift-making elves. The company stands by its products, offering a simple 30-day return policy on most items.
A wrapped canvas print is a professional photorealistic reproduction printed on textured artist canvas and gallery wrapped around a sturdy 1.5" edge. Upload your desired image and pass it off to Canvas on Demand's image-touch-up experts. They'll make complimentary fixes, such as improving sharpness, balancing color, fine-tuning contrast, and removing suspiciously red eyes, before reproducing your image on a 16"x20" canvas. Customers can also opt to mail in traditional prints; Canvas on Demand's image magicians will make a high-resolution scan and return originals by post—unless they're baby photos, which are returned via stork.
The celluloid specialists at ScanDigital turn grainy 3"x5" photos and dented VHS tapes into dependable digital files. With $100 worth of services, you can digitize roughly 200 photos, 170 negatives, 145 slides, six 3’’ 8mm film reels, or five videocassettes. Customers are free to mix any of the memory media ScanDigital services (click here to see all the formats); the digitization process includes photo color correction and the cleaning and prepping of film and video to ensure the highest possible transfer of quality. After filling out an online form that generates a shipping label, customers can simply mail in their materials, then take a three- to four-week nap, after which they can welcome home their original copies as well as their new, high-quality clones on DVD.
A&I Books uses intuitive software, high-quality paper, and superior image saturation and color density to help customers concoct image-heavy tomes from their own beloved snapshots. Assemble your 8"x8" soft-cover photobook by downloading the free A&I Books software, dragging and dropping your digital photos into the program's templates, and using the ID# on your Groupon to activate your credit at checkout. Your custom-designed book will be printed in-house at A&I, and the finished product will be delivered to your door—or to your office in the Dojo District if you prefer.
The Fine Print
The celluloid specialists at ScanDigital have processed more than 15 million images since 2007, turning nondigital items such as grainy photos, dented VHS tapes, 35mm, APS negatives, and 35mm slides into dependable digital files that fill the future with images of a warm and wonderful past. To start a safe, digital archive so home videos of first-grade choir solos don't turn into terrifying, chipmunk-attracting warbles, customers go online to fill out a form that generates a shipping label, and then mail their prized materials. Once parcels are received, staffers liberate the images and footage of dust and blemishes, scan them in, then adjust the orientation and color balance of the newly hatched digital files.
After four or more weeks, depending on the order, customers get back the original copies along with their new, high-quality clones on DVD, ensuring that significant moments aren't stained and faded by Father Time’s clumsy coffee spills.