I recently purchased a used scanner on Craigslist in San Francisco, an Epson Work Force Pro GT-S50 from 2014. It’s a very good scanner that cost $400 in 2014. When I arrived to pick up the machine the seller said many notaries contacted him and the reason I got the deal is I was the first one who responded.
I’ve been noticing how many agencies ignore in their fee offer notary scan back services. A title company TIMIOS offered me $115 for a refi last night aware the scan backs were required. These agencies and title companies ignore the service that requires a good quality scanner to meet their 600 dpi demands. They ignore the time it can take for 200 page documents to be scanned back to them as well.
Last night I was performing a rush scan back when I discovered there was an Adobe Reader DS font glitch that caused me to have to spend a significant time testing my scanner believing it was the problem. Finally, Adobe had a pop up message why the legal sized docs were cut off at the bottom was its font software issue. It took up a lot of my Friday evening.
I thought about how many notaries must allow these agencies and even tile companies like TIMIOS to ignore their scan services operations not offering a well deserved $25 scan fee. We already pay a lot more for paper then we used to! A ream of legal paper is $18 at my local staples and on Amazon. Our work and time pay is significantly below 12 years ago when they paid an average of $100. They don’t value notaries with any respect with these attitudes of low balling failing to pay for scan backs.
All these years later they try to accommodate inflation adding $15 while ignoring our scanning equipment costs and time having to send back their package in a rush situation. They already get away with a whole lot taking profitability away from notaries such as requiring significant amounts of documents to notarize. In California we get $15 per signature.
My advice is not to allow the businesses to get away without paying an additional scan fee for the above reasons.