I have written several times about the Magic Wand Handheld Scanner. You can find my earlier articles by starting at http://goo.gl/Y0pKR. I must admit that I love this little scanner that slides into an overcoat pocket or a lady's purse. It scans up to 600 dots per inch and supports pages up to 8½"x14". Being self contained and battery powered, it operates independently, without the need for PC. I have used mine to scan dozens of documents found at archives and many pages from books found in libraries. (Always ask permission first before scanning anything.) I find it to be much more convenient than feeding quarters into a photocopy machine. Best of all, instead of a paper photocopy, the scanner provides a high-resolution scanned image that can be saved, printed, or imported into almost any genealogy program or word processor, uploaded to a web page, or sent by email to friends and relatives.
When the Magic Wand Handheld Scanner first appeared in the marketplace, I paid full retail price: $99.95. The price has dropped since then, however, with different merchants offering different discounts. However, the lowest price I have seen is now on the NewEgg.com web site: $23.99, Best of all, unlike my earlier purchase, that price even includes a rechargeable battery, a memory card, and free shipping.
To be sure, this is a refurbished unit. I wouldn't hesitate to order a refurbished unit at this price. I have purchased quite a few refurbished devices of all sorts over the years and have always found them to work properly. In any case, the scanner from NewEgg.com comes with a money-back guarantee.
The online ad doesn't state what the memory card's capacity is. However, since my $99.95 scanner came without any memory card at all, even if this is a small capacity card, I'd say it is a bargain. You can always purchase additional cards of whatever memory capacity you wish. Unplugging one memory card and inserting a new one is about a two-second operation.
The sale price is in effect right now but I have no idea how long it will last. Since it is a refurbished unit, I am guessing it is "for as long as supplies last."
You can read more at http://goo.gl/ZnwZm.
My thanks to newsletter reader Pam Drake for telling me about this sale.