Good-Samaritan FinderCodes System Now Powered by Fedex, Keeps Sender, Sendee Anonymous

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I did something really dumb in Vegas last month — I forgot my sunglasses in a Starbucks. A couple of hours after trapsing through a mall, I realized what I’d done, and panicked; they weren’t cheap. I anxiously retraced my steps, ending up back at the cafe. Some fabulous Samaritan had turned them in.

If I’d left my phone behind instead — or something else large enough for a FinderCodes tag (sunglasses aren’t) — the good guy (or girl) could have easily FedExed it to me anonymously.

If you’re prone to losing stuff (gadgets, pets, kids, whatever) you can buy a $25 assortment pack of seven FinderCode tags — small, tough, sticker tags, and larger tags with attachment loops — which have a QR code with your personal info on them.

If you’re lucky enough to have your stuff found by someone who wants to give it back, they can pop over to the FinderCodes website, or scan the QR code with the iPhone or Android app; scanning the item with a phone also sends the owner the lost item’s location. Then the finder can ship your stuff back to you through a FedEx Office location, with the organization acting as middleman — so neither the recipient nor the sender needs to reveal any personal information.

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  • robert_walter

    I guess this assumes you have to tag everything that leaves your house that you might ever lose – make your sunglasses take on that Minnie Pearl vibe!

    I bet the freaks in Texas scared of RF chips in school ID badges will sweat at the thought of this Mark of the Beast technology.

    I can’t imagine this being a successful product. Can’t imagine too many shelling out 25 bucks to make this happen.

    Why not a free software with which one could generate such tags at home for free. The QR code would be registered at Fed Ex so only they would be able to generate the revenue by shipping them to the rightful owner.

    Maybe the 25 bucks is to defray system operating costs and discourage needless applications; should have also been an option for folks with no printer access.

  • robert_walter

    I guess this assumes you have to tag everything that leaves your house that you might ever lose – make your sunglasses take on that Minnie Pearl vibe!

    I bet the freaks in Texas scared of RF chips in school ID badges will sweat at the thought of this Mark of the Beast technology.

    I can’t imagine this being a successful product. Can’t imagine too many shelling out 25 bucks to make this happen.

    Why not a free software with which one could generate such tags at home for free. The QR code would be registered at Fed Ex so only they would be able to generate the revenue by shipping them to the rightful owner.

    Maybe the 25 bucks is to defray system operating costs and discourage needless applications; should have also been an option for folks with no printer access.