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Jul 02, 2012 10:30 |  #1

As you may know, many computer companies are opting out of creating a cd port in their next line of computers. Due to that and that I just hate CD's I think I'm going to start selling USB FlashDrives instead. I was looking around at a few custom flash-drive companies and found nothing that was, "right". But, I ran across Photojojo and their USB Film Roll Flashdrives.

Have you switched to USB's?
Have you seen more sales?

What do you think of this idea?

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Jul 02, 2012 10:41 |  #2

Hello Mr. Cole Sales and welcome to POTN.:D

This concept has been tossed around here in a little bit of discussion, but I personally have not yet rec'd a request for a "flashdrive" of files. True, CD's and DVD's are a little bulky but they are extremely inexpensive. Have you searched for threads on this topic?

I also question your comment about "many computer companies are opting out of creating a cd port in their next line of computers" since there still are a lot of people who enjoy watching movies on their PC's in this fashion. This is all just my own experience though. But I do have to ask: Do you really feel this is a trend or are trying to sell a particular company's product line? That film roll looks a bit gimmicky - can you add your own company logo/art to it? I routinely print on my DVD's and could not do that here obviously. And at $20 plus shipping fees these things are not that cheap.


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Jul 02, 2012 10:48 |  #3

Stuart, I feel that all of the other photographers in my area offer just blank CD's...I'd' like to be different and maybe start a trend. Also, they're an eye-catcher!


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Jul 02, 2012 11:01 |  #4

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Stuart, I feel that all of the other photographers in my area offer just blank CD's...I'd' like to be different and maybe start a trend. Also, they're an eye-catcher!

Well, I see what you are trying to say.

It sounds like the the other photogs do nothing then to "brand" their CD's and DVD's with either logo or custom art that would set them apart. In my area people will do that and also package the disk in an attractive slip case to make it a more attractive product for things like Weddings, Anniversaries, social events. Perhaps the film cassette look would lend itself better to other types of photography.

Does this company give you the option to have your logo/art added to the film cassette? And if I understand correctly, the cost for small quantities comes to $22.50 ea. when you factor in shipping?


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Jul 02, 2012 11:25 |  #5

Exactly! No, they don't give me that option..I just ordered a few to get a better look and feel as well as to see what type of packaging they come in. I'm going to order some metal tins or sometype of boxes to dress them up a bit with my logo/brand. May I ask how much you sell your CD/DVD's for? I'm starting to think how much I could market these at and sell a lot and still make a decent profit.


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Jul 02, 2012 11:35 |  #6

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Exactly! No, they don't give me that option..I just ordered a few to get a better look and feel as well as to see what type of packaging they come in. I'm going to order some metal tins or sometype of boxes to dress them up a bit with my logo/brand. May I ask how much you sell your CD/DVD's for? I'm starting to think how much I could market these at and sell a lot and still make a decent profit.

My high-rez DVD's are already built into the cost of my wedding and social event packages - ie, they get a disk. But I do place a value of $400 on them when calculating my profit in order to cover lost print sales. For my less expensive packages I will price them at $200 - 300.

Keep in mind what your costs will be when factoring your expenses. At $22.50/cassette not counting the cost of packaging, that is already starting to add up. Of course if you make a large sale it is worth it then.;)


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Jul 02, 2012 12:17 |  #7

ColeSales wrote in post #14660370 (external link)
Stuart, I feel that all of the other photographers in my area offer just blank CD's...I'd' like to be different and maybe start a trend. Also, they're an eye-catcher!

How are you going to make them read only?? If you don't or cannot, you’re looking for a problem when your client accidentally erases the drive, something they cannot easily do with a CD or DVD.

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Jul 02, 2012 12:19 |  #8

I've been planning to just start giving people their photos on flash drives, too. As it is, most of the time I deliver to people via online download. I just upload their package to my FTP and let them download it and share the link.


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Jul 02, 2012 12:45 |  #9

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I've been planning to just start giving people their photos on flash drives, too. As it is, most of the time I deliver to people via online download. I just upload their package to my FTP and let them download it and share the link.

That's what I've been doing through SmugMug, but I don't like it. Flashdrives will make the clients actually think that they have paid for something more than the photos.


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Jul 02, 2012 12:56 as a reply to  @ ColeSales's post |  #10

We've have been using flash drives as our digital medium over DVD for our clients last year as a trial. Interestingly, there's no difference in customer perception b/t one over the other. Since we are able to do custom cover prints on our DVD where as I can only have a logo printed on the USB stick, we have decided to switch back.

One comment that a client did say to us was "What if I accidentally erase the USB drive?!" ;)


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Jul 02, 2012 13:19 |  #11

It's not my problem as a photographer, it's the clients. Just as if a client were to loose her CD.


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Jul 02, 2012 13:35 |  #12

This is the BEST option I have found and more difficult to loose. VERY classy way to deliver your product. A great way to brand you product.

Yeah I still do DVD's. Why not is't almost free *L*

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Jul 02, 2012 13:37 |  #13

ColeSales wrote in post #14660295 (external link)
As you may know, many computer companies are opting out of creating a cd port in their next line of computers. Due to that and that I just hate CD's I think I'm going to start selling USB FlashDrives instead. I was looking around at a few custom flash-drive companies and found nothing that was, "right". But, I ran across Photojojo and their USB Film Roll Flashdrives.

Have you switched to USB's?
Have you seen more sales?

What do you think of this idea?

This Flashdrive (external link) Or This Flashdrive? (external link)

Those are both tacky in my opinion. I would not use either one.


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Jul 02, 2012 13:41 |  #14

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It's not my problem as a photographer, it's the clients. Just as if a client were to loose her CD.

That is a true statement, but...............you still may need to deal with the subsequent phone calls. Sure it was there fault, but in the interest of customer service it may end up tying up your time. Accidents DO happen, and not everybody is computer savvy. I'm sure you wouldn't phrase it this way, but you don't want to tell them: "Sorry, not my problem."

Remember, from the standpoint of an efficient business model, you want an easy and hassle-free process here.


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Jul 02, 2012 13:43 |  #15

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This is the BEST option I have found and more difficult to loose. VERY classy way to deliver your product. A great way to brand you product.

Yeah I still do DVD's. Why not is't almost free *L*

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Slick looking Scorpio - has more of a class look to it.;)


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