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Jul 02, 2012 14:31 |  #16

scorpio_e wrote in post #14661115 (external link)
Those are both tacky in my opinion. I would not use either one.

I agree. Both are also a small nightmare when it comes to storing somewhere. CD's are easy as they stack well on a spindle or in a jewel case, or even in a fancier branded packaging. I have had a few jobs that required delivery on a USB drive, and I just got a small USB stick from office depot / home depot, and stuck a branded sticker on it.


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Jul 02, 2012 18:54 as a reply to  @ JacobPhoto's post |  #17

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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.

Well photographers usually back up their images. You can provide a service in which if they lose it, you charge a fee to produce another copy of the images on a USB drive. Done and done.


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Jul 02, 2012 19:15 as a reply to  @ ultimachi's post |  #18

So far there doesn't seem to be a valid business reason to make such a change. In fact quite the opposite.
1. Cost of USB is much higher than DVD.
2. Risk user might delete/overwrite USB.
3. Much easier to brand the DVD and sleeve effectively.

You also shouldn't be making such a decision without proper market info. So what % of new machines being sold have no optical drive? Is it 90%, 60%, 40%, 10%?

From what I can see (without bothering to do any actual research) it is just the ultra slim laptops that have no OD and they don't make up a sizeable chunk of the market. Lastly most of those people will still have some way to access OD, either an external OD or a second computer on their home network that has an OD.


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Jul 02, 2012 20:19 |  #19

4GB SD cards can be bought all day long at $4 each.


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Jul 02, 2012 23:49 |  #20

ultimachi wrote in post #14662366 (external link)
Well photographers usually back up their images. You can provide a service in which if they lose it, you charge a fee to produce another copy of the images on a USB drive. Done and done.

That's the plan...!


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Jul 03, 2012 00:32 |  #21

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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's great customer service. :rolleyes: (it's lose BTW) If people lost the disk, what's the big deal in just burning them another copy?


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Jul 03, 2012 00:35 |  #22

Dan Marchant wrote in post #14662448 (external link)
So far there doesn't seem to be a valid business reason to make such a change. In fact quite the opposite.
1. Cost of USB is much higher than DVD.
2. Risk user might delete/overwrite USB.
3. Much easier to brand the DVD and sleeve effectively.

You also shouldn't be making such a decision without proper market info. So what % of new machines being sold have no optical drive? Is it 90%, 60%, 40%, 10%?

From what I can see (without bothering to do any actual research) it is just the ultra slim laptops that have no OD and they don't make up a sizeable chunk of the market. Lastly most of those people will still have some way to access OD, either an external OD or a second computer on their home network that has an OD.

Exactly. I know plenty of people who have ultrabooks, but many of them have external optical drives. We'll get to this point someday, but not sure it's ready yet. To easy to erase and not cost effective yet.


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Jul 03, 2012 03:21 |  #23

How often do Flash drives crash - i was giving photos on them untill i started getting customers saying they couldn't load them any more (people are to stupid to copy them to there computer)


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Jul 03, 2012 09:07 |  #24

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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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Or picks up a virus when it gets passed from computer to computer. Then it's a "Typhoid Mary" with your name on it.


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Jul 03, 2012 09:23 |  #25

I still deliver hardcopy products to my consumer clients, and a printed CD with a nicely printed cover works very well with my other products. I deliver personally to the home, and many times we just slip the CD into the client's home theater device. I don't have any clients who are not prepared to play DVDs at home, and they all commonly handle and store optical disks at hom. I don't know any who have a secure means of keeping a flash drive at home--none have flash drive storage cases or boxes.

For commercial customers, delivery is normally out of the cloud by FTP.

I expect the days of optical disks are numbered, but I also think flash drives are already obsolescent as a data transfer medium. We'll go directly from disk to the cloud, just as movies and other media are doing.


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Jul 03, 2012 09:40 |  #26

Thanks Everyone for the feedback, I'm going to definitely consider all of your comments/suggestions.


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Jul 03, 2012 12:34 as a reply to  @ ColeSales's post |  #27

there was someone who mentioned cd tins. I order these periodically from McKenna Pro. Coincidentally, they are on sale now (and you get a cd with it) for $7. Normally the tin alone is like $7 but with $2 shipping and 2.45 (??) fee if you only order one at a time, its like $12 for just the tin normally. They do come out nice though. Holds one CD / DVD.




  
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Jul 03, 2012 12:38 |  #28

No cd drives???????


How do we burn songs to cd to play in our cars, how do we copy movies?????


Whoops did I say something I shouldn't have?

Surely cd/DVD drives will be here for much longer.

I was joking about the copying stuff ...........




  
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Jul 03, 2012 12:44 |  #29

http://www.usbmemorydi​rect.com/products/curv​e.htm (external link)

These people will put your logo on a flash drive. Don't know about pricing....

Could be nice advertising as they use your flash drive for their own use later.


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Jul 03, 2012 13:37 |  #30

We had a newborn photographer that gave us both a beautiful CD/DVD tin and a flash drive both personalized. My first thought was why do we need them both but after i just took the CD and stored it with our Wedding photo DVD in a dry, dark, cool place.

If anything it means a better presentation than anything IMO. Who cares that there may be no more optical drives in computers in 15 years, point is that you delivered a great product and for the both to cost so cheap and for little effort it honestly can mean alot to the client.


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