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VHS Dubbing Scam Alert: Tips For Protecting Your Memories

Your memories are precious and as technology advances, you want to be able to preserve them for future generations. That’s what one North Carolina woman wanted to do when she brought VHS tapes of her grandmother who lived to be 108 years old to a company to be digitally preserved.

Debi Fields told she wanted to remember her grandmother when she found an offer that would help her do that by dubbing VHS tapes.

“There was a Groupon offered that I bought at the end of November last year for a company called “Memories on Media.”

She shipped her tapes a company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It took months and a lot of calls for her to get her tapes back. A consumer watchdog had to get involved for her to even get an answer.

So many of these companies cannot meet the demand. They promise to deliver a service they are not equipped to provide. Fields almost lost the tapes of her grandmother’s 100th birthday party. So how can you get your memories in a viewable digital format and be certain not to lose them? Here are a few tips:

  1. Find a local business that offers the services you need.
  2. Locate a company that has a high Better Business Bureau rating.
  3. Do a sample project. Try having something converted (like an old TV show on VHS) that you don’t mind losing and see how long it takes to get it back and whether or not you actually get it back. This will tell you if the company is reliable.
  4. Ask around. Word of mouth is still one of the best referral services there is.
  5. Nowadays, you can find VHS players, record and cassette players for sale that will allow you to hook into a USB outlet and are compatible to a host of modern technological devices to which you can convert your memories on your own. Most are reasonably priced. When all else fails, you can always DIY!

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About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears weekly for “Staggers’ State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!

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