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Topic: Faxing: What do you do when businesses want to fax you?  (Read 534 times)
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« on: July 29, 2006 05:13:08 PM »

I'm just starting out approaching out of state pet stores to carry my screenprinted doggie tees. Since not everyone is familiar with scanners, and email, we're looking into setting up a fax machine. I've started doing research where to add a second phone line dedicated to faxing, it would be $9.99/mo. I haven't found the setup fees yet. I would just use the existing line and set my computer up to receive, but then I'd have to ask them to call ahead and tell me to setup my computer. I'm out a lot so thats just not going to work. Fax machines can get expensive with the machine upkeep, toner, paper, etc. so I'm looking into efax. Has anyone used this? Is there something else out there similar? I used to work at a booking agency and bands used it so they could get their contracts from the road. It seemed to work well for them so that's the first one I've looked into. It looks like its $12.95/mo + $12.95 setup fee. Received emails are free, and its $.10 to send one. I'm guessing thats per page. Any advice or input is greatly appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2006 12:53:06 PM »

I don't have a fax but have you heard of eFax?  www.efax.com.

I have not used them myself but I knew a coworker who used this (5+ yrs ago?) when it was free.  Looks like there are monthly or annual charges now.  So do the math for eFax vs. buying fax machine and second line.  Or if you are going to use your fax very sparingly, I think you can hook it up to your regular line when you are expecting a fax.  It is more professional to have a dedicated fax line though (and less annoying for answering unexpected faxes with squeally modem sound).

eFax assigns you a fax number routing all documents through a server; docs are delivered to analog fax machines and you receive faxes via email.

ETA: it looks like they have something called "eFax Free" under "Home & Home Office" and it of course offers an upgrade ($) to bigger packages.  It gives you a non-local fax number.  They've got plenty of fine print to read. 
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