Why are Picture Frames and Matting Boards so Expensive!?!?!

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Postby Chris217h on Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:38 pm

For me its more a matter of principle. I just don't see how a piece of mat board to compliment a limited edition piece of art is more expensive than the piece of art itself.
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Postby 666ways2love on Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:39 pm

Framing TVs is just as expensive

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The rest of my TVs are still in a flat file

(not actually my tv)
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Postby fredo on Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:41 pm

Chris217h wrote:For me its more a matter of principle. I just don't see how a piece of mat board to compliment a limited edition piece of art is more expensive than the piece of art itself.



Sounds like you've given it enough thought.
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Postby jwolfe3 on Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:10 pm

fredo wrote:Can't tell you how many years jailtime I've avoided by ponying up for a tight frame job.


:clap: :pint:

Has to be a strong contender for post of the week
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Postby virtualj on Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:12 pm

Grab a hobby lobby coupon online and find your closest one, best deals on frames and framing materials IMHO.
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Postby jjttdw on Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:16 pm

Here is a question...what is the most you've spent on framing something? I think I topped out right around $650 for the framing of a 42x42 large format Obey. Worth every penny.
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Postby HisBobness on Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:33 pm

peacedog?
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Postby Woo5lscott on Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:37 pm

jjttdw wrote:Here is a question...what is the most you've spent on framing something? I think I topped out right around $650 for the framing of a 42x42 large format Obey. Worth every penny.


$280 something for the Stout Lost Boys
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Postby bubbie on Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:49 pm

666ways2love wrote:(not actually my tv)

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Postby ErocAfellar on Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:51 pm

HisBobness wrote:peacedog?


The best
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Postby zeero on Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:59 pm

I would say the primary reason is like what some others have noted: these things are used for much more expensive art. People who collect expensive art can justify and afford higher prices so there's no incentive to lower prices for people using them for relatively cheaper prints. Other reasons are the small size of the market, local labor involved and lack of competition for local framers.

Consumer electronics are cheap because basically everyone has them. They are made in China, and intense competition drives prices down. Why does an LV bag cost a few times an iPhone??? I agree that even fancy materials like UV plexiglass should not cost that much to produce. But products are priced not according to cost, but supply and demand.
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Postby 1000steps on Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:22 pm

If you don't like spending money for quality, buy junk prints and hang them in cheap plastic frames from Walmart. Problem solved.
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Postby Chris217h on Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:44 pm

1000steps wrote:If you don't like spending money for quality, buy junk prints and hang them in cheap plastic frames from Walmart. Problem solved.


Nah, I'll just buy extras and sell them. I'm not going to spend my money on overpriced stuff out of principle, but the people who spend 10-20 times what I payed for the print can.
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Postby fredo on Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:55 pm

Sounds like you got a lot of principles.
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Postby Baker on Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:00 pm

Fixed

fredo wrote:Sounds like you are in the wrong hobby.
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