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I am looking for a document scanning service close to Zurich, where I'd hand in (a lot of) pieces of A4 paper and get back a scan of the said documents.

Some documents will be private like, e.g. old utility bills or old bank statements but nothing recent that could be used for identification purposes. Thus, some degree of trustworthiness would be good to have.

Also, there are books that I want to digitalize and offering this service as well would be handy.

Any recommendations ?
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Re: document scanning service

If you want it to be truly private, invest in a printer/scanner that has a few more features.

I don't think any business will scan books due to copyright issues, and you probably would pay less for a nice printer/scanner than you would for the hourly wages of someone to scan your documents.

A quick search turned up this printer, which at first glance seems it would meet your needs. Of course there are hundreds of options at varying prices, so have a look around.

https://www.fust.ch/de/p/pc-tablet-h...w-8344664.html
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Re: document scanning service

This desktop scanner is still available for f100 (plus postage).
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If you want it to be truly private, invest in a printer/scanner that has a few more features.

I don't think any business will scan books due to copyright issues, and you probably would pay less for a nice printer/scanner than you would for the hourly wages of someone to scan your documents.

A quick search turned up this printer, which at first glance seems it would meet your needs. Of course there are hundreds of options at varying prices, so have a look around.

https://www.fust.ch/de/p/pc-tablet-h...w-8344664.html
It's the time commitment that I don't want to do myself. I really want to pass that to a 3rd party.
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Re: document scanning service

Maybe this place would do it, in Zürich main station?
http://www.copy-print.ch/
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Re: document scanning service

Yep, I hear you on the time commitment, off topic but this is the reason I really hate paper based work, after years and years of trying to be diligent to become paperless, everything digital, kept online - bills/letters/statements.. suddenly I come to this country, and I go back in time where everyone insist on a registered postage letter that I need to keep for years

Nevertheless, I hope you get someone to help, its hard times now, so am sure someone would be able to help, if the documents are very private you need someone intelligent to also sort them and save them into meaningful folders. Good luck, also post this on the Expat groups on FB, many are looking for jobs.
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Yep, I hear you on the time commitment, off topic but this is the reason I really hate paper based work, after years and years of trying to be diligent to become paperless, everything digital, kept online - bills/letters/statements.. suddenly I come to this country, and I go back in time where everyone insist on a registered postage letter that I need to keep for years .
Another shameless plug. This is the advantage of a compact desktop scanner like the Fujitsu. Anything the comes as paper can be easily scanned. It is absolute fool-proof with the only problem being it doesn’t work with my Mac (since I upgraded the Mac OS). Make me an offer
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Re: document scanning service

I can understand the time element if you're busy, but once you're up to date I'd highly recommend getting a printer / scanner. I just bought an HP pro 9015 (replacing a previous HP printer which broke down after 10 years) which is brilliant. It even scans both sides automatically without having the turn the sheets over.

I then scan all my important documents, passports, ID card, driving licences, medical results, car documents etc etc. I save them all in One Drive and this has become invaluable when travelling.
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It's the time commitment that I don't want to do myself. I really want to pass that to a 3rd party.
Exactly! Time spent you can never get back, money invested is easy to make back

Q: If you find a service that in addition to scanning would also categorize the scanned documents I would also be interested
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Old 01.10.2020, 11:32
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Re: document scanning service

It took me some time to get all caught up with past papers. I do think you need to ask yourself how many past documents do you really need? For example, do you really need to scan in a cable bill from 8 years ago?

I have an HP all in 1 scanner for bigger documents. Scans both sides without having to flip the document. Works great.

I also use a Doxie portable scanner when I just want to sit in front of the TV and scan a few bills. It has a battery (so can go cordless), it can also be used through your house wifi and it has it's own wifi if you prefer. I don't think it is easy to get a Doxie here; but there are other good portable scanners that can be easily bought in Switzerland.

For a quick document, bussiness card, piece of mail, I just use the phone app Adobe Scan. It's free. Works surprising well (better than MS Lens, in my opinion). It can be saved to One Drive and other platforms.
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Re: document scanning service

Another plug for the Fujitsu ScanSnap, although if you have a lot of scanning to do I would go for one of the newer models as they are higher-speed. One of the big advantages of the ScanSnap over other scanners is that it has native OCR built in, meaning that the PDFs it creates are searchable.

The combination of my ScanSnap and Evernote means that just about every document from the last ten years is stored and searchable, and I can usually put my finger on just about any document I need within a minute or two, from any web browser or on my phone.
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Re: document scanning service

I paid a student by the hour a couple of years back to do something similar. Did not let them scan anything private like tax declaration etc.

Why would you scan electricity bills? Those I just throw after paying. Don't think you need to keep such stuff.

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