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We are seeking to fax a single flyer to thousands of fax recipients whose fax numbers we store in an Excel worksheet.  We intend to fax to this list once; or possibly twice at the most.  We want to avoid having to make a equipment purchase to accomplish this.  We've done some self-educating on the web yet lack actual experience doing something like this.  Does someone have experience with, or first-hand knowledge of a reputable online service or PC-based application that can handle mass faxing to thousands?
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by:Eric Sherman
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There are various options to accomplish what you are asking.  I have built Access apps that fax various reports using a web based service like eFax, etc.  Basically you would create VBA code to loop through the list of fax numbers you want to send, create a .pdf attachment and post this to the faxing server using your account login parameters.  You would then mange the faxes from their user web interface.  

It is a bit involved and is not just a straight forward answer to your question.  You would have to set this up as a Gig in order for someone to take it on as a project for you if you are not planning on doing it yourself.  

This is a screen shot of one of my Access apps that was created for a client to select specific faxes to be delivered via MyFax web faxing service.

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by:clock1
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Thanks for this information; however, we wanted to steer clear of investing time into something we only plan to use once or twice only.
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by:PatHartman
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You're going to have to invest some time.  You will also need to subscribe to a faxing service since the internet isn't connected directly to the telephone system.  Using the faxing service, your application "prints" to the Fax printer so the procedure isn't difficult.  You just need to get a fax service and then we can help you interface with it.
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We have found a solution that doesn't cost a lot.  Thanks for the feedback and enjoy the day.
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by:PatHartman
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There is a difference between hiring a consultant to implement this for you and locating a third party faxing service that will forward your faxes.  Neither Eric nor I recommended hiring a consultant.  As I said, the process is pretty easy since the "fax" forwarder just becomes a printer and you print to the fax printer.  You just have to find a service bureau to do the forwarding.

If you found a faxing service that is low cost, posting a link would be helpful to others.
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by:clock1
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We don't need a paid consultant to solve this.
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by:PatHartman
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OK, don't tell us your secret solution.
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