What’s In Your Shoebox?

It’s surprising how many people call us and tell us that they literally have a shoebox full of receipts that they want us to scan and organize for them. For whatever reason, the shoebox has become a place to store your small but valuable items. From receipts to jewelry to your kids’ drawings, shoeboxes help you organize your stuff.

Some people take it to a whole other level, though. One of the most popular news stories of the day yesterday was about a guy who learned that an antique goblet that he had in a shoebox was worth over a million dollars.

Now that the little gold cup has left the shoebox under his bed and is heading for an auction room, John Webber rather regrets the pot-shots he took with his air gun – even though the dents did flatten out nicely with the back of a spoon. After all, it now has a £500,000 price on its head.

Gold Goblet

Shoeboxes are great ways to keep and organize your stuff. We’re just taking that concept online. Digitize your receipts and get them on Shoeboxed, then you can organize them into virtual shoeboxes on our site. We can’t guarantee, however that you will find a virtual million-dollar goblet in your online shoeboxes. Sorry.

Small Business Accounts

If you own a small or home business, you know how hard it can be to make your business into a success and maintain it over the long haul. One of the most frustrating parts of running your own business is the administrative paper work that you have to do.

Well, we’ve always known that Shoeboxed can help small businesses a lot. We can get those receipts lying on your desk into a clean and organized format, and you don’t have to do any of the work.

While you are playing with paper at your desk, the competition is eating your lunch…. and we can help. Sign up for a Small Business Account through our Receipt Mail-In program, and you’ll be able to outsource all that paper clutter so you can focus on more important stuff: like growing your business and boosting profits.

Just sign up for Receipt Mail-In Classic or Receipt Mail-In Express and enter the coupon code SMALLBUSINESS and you’re on your way to getting rid of receipt clutter and getting premium customer service from us.

Any questions? Give us a call at (888) 369-4269.

Anyway, I’m really excited about it. Even more excited about this than about all the buzz around David Cook and Kimberly Caldwell.

How Long Are Your Receipts?

Have you noticed that receipts are getting longer and longer these days? It seems that retailers are willing to print anything on a receipt in addition to actually listing the things you bought and how much they cost. Coupons, promotions, surveys, product recommendations, and just plain empty space make receipts exceptionally long sometimes.

The Charlotte Observer wrote an article about it here.

This obviously annoying; let me count the ways.

1. It’s really wasteful. Think of the trees, people.
2. It’s inefficient. It just makes it harder for you to scan your receipts to find the total and the item prices. Instead, you have to study the receipt to actually find the info you want.
3. It’s cumbersome. It bothers me when I can’t fit a receipt into my wallet. There shouldn’t be too many receipts that are longer than my wallet, but I often end up folding them up two or three times. When I eventually put them in my Receipt Mail-In envelope, I have to spend a few seconds flattening them out. Hey, well at least it’s still easier than scanning them myself.

Shoeboxed is well equipped to deal with long receipts. There is no limit to the size of your scanned receipt images, so they can be large enough to have your whole receipt in there with a high enough resolution to make it readable. Also, the receipt scanners we use for Receipt Mail-In can scan receipts that are more than 3 feet long, so we can handle most any receipt that you send us.

The article does make a prediction though about the future of receipt lengths:

If you haven’t noticed a difference at the checkout counter, keep your eyes peeled. Mounting environmental concerns mean that receipts are likely to shrink further.

Let’s hope they’re right!