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Outbox Digitizes Snail Mail and Shreds the Originals

by Shane McGlaun

I’ll admit that this side of something I order from Amazon or a paycheck, I’m not big on getting mail in my mailbox anymore. It seems like I get reams of sales flyers and scams trying to get me to buy extended warranties for my car that I end up throwing in the trash. If you are the sort of person who doesn’t want to bother with printed mail, but needs access to the things that come in your mailbox, check out this new service called Outbox.


The service sends someone to pick up your mail three times a week. If you have something important you need to keep such as a package they will leave it on your doorstep (or in the mailbox presumably). The rest of the mail they take to their office, digitally scan, and then shred the originals.

Those scanned pieces of mail are then available to access online from the Internet via just about anything from your computer to your iPhone or tablet. This is an interesting idea because then all of the mail is digitally archived so you don’t have to have files to save your bills are other important documentation.

If your mailbox requires a key, all you have to do is take a photograph of that key in e-mail it to Outbox and they will have a copy made. I’m not sure how legal that last bit is considering that most PO Box keys I’ve seen say do not duplicate. The service costs $4.99(USD) per month, and is currently available only in Austin and San Francisco.

[via TechCrunch]

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