If you’ve researched companies that can convert your old home movies and photos into digital files, then there’s a great chance you’ve also come across LegacyBox considering they are one of the most popular options available. When deciding if they are the best choice for your precious memories, there are a lot of factors to consider, but one of the most important is pricing.
Capture has been offering affordable premium digitization services for nearly 25 years and the most important thing to us is that you preserve your most precious memories before they are lost forever. That’s why we put together this guide to LegacyBox costs so you can make the best decision not only for your analog media, but for your bank account.
Keep reading to learn more about LegacyBox and its pricing structure, evaluate how much LegacyBox costs versus Capture, ways to save money when converting your memories, and some other reasons to consider alternatives to LegacyBox.
- What is LegacyBox?
- Breaking Down the LegacyBox Cost
- Cost of Converting Tapes with LegacyBox vs. Capture
- Deals, Discounts, and Ways to Save on Converting Your Memories
- Why Consider Alternatives to LegacyBox?
What is LegacyBox?
Before looking at how much it costs, what is LegacyBox’s and how does it work? They are a digitization company located in Chattanooga, Tennessee that focuses on a digitizing kit. A digitizing kit from LegacyBox typically includes the necessary tools and packaging to securely send your analog media to their facility for digitization. How it works is their customers will order the LegacyBox kit on their website.
Then, when it arrives they can fill it with their memories including VHS tapes, VHS-C, S-VHS, PAL format videotapes, Betamax, MicroMV, MiniDV, Digital8, photo prints, slides, negatives, 8mm, 16mm, and Super 8 film, or even audio cassettes and reel-to-reel audio.
The customer will use the pre-paid UPS shipping label to send the shipping box back to LegacyBox.com who will then process the media and return it in 10-12 weeks. The customer will also add barcode stickers to each item so they can receive email updates and track their memories throughout the digitizing process.
Legacybox offers a digital download via cloud storage as well as a USB flash drive or DVD keepsake copies of your family photos, movies, and films. That sounds great, but how much does LegacyBox cost and is it worth it?
Breaking Down the LegacyBox Cost
LegacyBox digitizing service price is based on the number of items that you want to convert to digital format. For their pricing, one item is considered 1 tape, 1 film reel, or 25 photos. There are several LegacyBox packages based on the number of items you need to convert, and they are priced as follows:
- 2-Item Starter - $65.98
- 10 Item Family - $299.98
- 20-Item Closet - $599.98
- 40-Item Trunk - $1,179.98
Additionally, you are required to pay for cloud storage, thumb drive, or DVD copies, which depending on order size and depending on the digitizing box you choose will cost $5.99, $19.99, $39.99, or even $79.99 extra.
While that pricing is straightforward and based on the number of old photos, videotapes, and films as well as the type of digital media you prefer, you can get a clearer picture of how much LegacyBox costs when you compare them with competitors.
Cost of Converting Tapes with LegacyBox vs. Capture
To better understand the price between LegacyBox vs Capture, it’s a good idea to include a detailed cost analysis not only based on different types of memories, but also on order size. This is also based on regular pricing for both LegacyBox and Capture, without any discounts or sales.
The first thing to consider is that you will need to buy at least 2 items from LegacyBox, so if you want to convert a single VHS tape to DVD, you will still have to pay for two. Because of that, for one item orders, Capture is significantly lower at $29.99 for one videotape or film reel compared to $65.98 with LegacyBox.
Additionally, while we didn’t include it in our cost analysis, you need to consider that with LegacyBox, you will need to add $5.99 for a 2-item box, $19.99 for a 10 item box, $39.99 for a 20 item box, or $79.99 for a 40-item box because that’s how much they charge for digital download, DVD, or USB thumb drive.
Videotape Pricing Comparison
Since videotapes count as a single item, and Legacy Box works by charging for certain box sizes, we’ll have to divide the price by the number of items to arrive at the per videotape cost. For the 2-item starter box, you will be paying $32.99 per videotape, but if you get bigger boxes, you will pay less. For example, you will only pay $29.99 per videotape for the 10-item and 20-item boxes, and $29.49 for the 40-item trunk.
Capture, on the other hand, charges $29.99 for up to 2 hours on each videotape. That means, if you have 2 videotapes with 2 hours of footage on them, you will be paying $3 less when you choose Capture over LegacyBox. Then, even if you have 10 or 20 videotapes you will pay the same going with either brand. The best part is that if you have between 10 and 20, you don’t have to pay for more tapes than you actually have.
Film Pricing Comparison
Like the cost of converting tapes with LegacyBox, film reels count as 1 item, so the pricing will be the same, namely $32.99 per film reel for 2 film reels, $29.99 each for 10 or 20 film reels, or $29.49 for 40 film reels.
Capture charges $29.99 for the first 100 feet of film and only $0.25 for each additional foot. That means, 3 inch reels will be significantly cheaper with Capture while 4 inches reels will be a little cheaper as well. When you start getting up to large reels for your old movie formats, then Capture will get a little more expensive while LegacyBox pricing stays the same.
Photo Pricing Comparison
The difference in Capture vs. LegacyBox cost is most apparent with photos, photo slides, and negatives. That’s because, with LegacyBox, only 25 photos count as an item. This means you’re paying $65.98 for 50 photos, $299.98 for 250 photos, $599.98 for 500 photos, or $1179.98 for 1000 photos.
To compare, with Capture, you’ll only pay $29.99 for the first 50 photos and $0.50 per photo, slide, or negative after the first 50. That means for 250, you’ll pay $129.99, for 500 you’ll pay $254.99, and for 1000 you’ll pay $504.99. Respectively, these prices are nearly $170 cheaper, nearly $350 cheaper, and over $600 cheaper than LegacyBox.
Deals, Discounts, and Ways to Save on Converting Your Memories
If pricing is one of your main concerns when choosing a company for digitizing home movies, films, and photos, then you can also look for certain discounts, coupons, deals, and promotions to save even more. Both Capture and LegacyBox offer occasional discounts that you can keep an eye out for.
However, just be careful to avoid LegacyBox discount code scams that offer high discounts in return for personal information like email, name, phone number, and more. Still, you might be able to find opportunities for either brand to get a percentage off the order total, free shipping, or other incentives.
Why Consider Alternatives to LegacyBox?
While pricing is undoubtedly important, there are other factors to consider. To ensure that you make the right choice for your precious family memories, we recommend reading Capture and LegacyBox reviews to get an idea of other people’s experiences.
There are several LegacyBox complaints that might make you think twice. Typically, these complaints relate to excessive turnaround time and expensive pricing structure. Since those are the things that Capture customers think about as well, we guarantee a turnaround time of less than 30 days counting shipping, and do everything possible to ensure our pricing is clear and well understood.
Another consideration is the security of your precious memories. While LegacyBox does use the barcodes and prepaid shipping label to track your order and provide real-time status updates, Capture offers a multi-million-dollar tracking and security system to monitor your original media and digital copies every step of the way, through every hand, and all the way back to you.
Finally, Capture also offers the first-ever touchless photo album scanning service. That means that you can send us your photo albums and we can create digital copies of each image without anyone ever having to touch the individual photos. That means you can convert photos to digital while keeping the original photo in pristine condition.
As you can see, LegacyBox cost structure is based on the number of items you have, which also means that you could overpay for certain services. While their offer that uses a shipping box is certainly convenient, you can find better pricing as well as higher quality, faster turnaround time, and better security for your memories if you choose one of the top LegacyBox competitors.
If you want to see how Capture stacks up against LegacyBox as well as several other competitors, click here for a chart and detailed comparison analysis.
Where can I get LegacyBox deals and discounts?
LegacyBox runs sales every now and then and you can sometimes claim and offer directly from their website. Otherwise, you can look at third-party sites that share discount codes like DealCatcher.com or DealSpotr.
What if I have a number of items between box sizes?
You can pay for the smaller box and then use extra barcodes to add additional items at $17.99. The additional amount depending on the exact item will be added to your invoice.
What does LegacyBox consider as 1 item?
One item according to the LegacyBox cost structure is 1 videotape, 1 audio cassette, 1 film reel, or 25 photos, slides, or negatives.