Use Caution when Trusting any Company to Frame Your Important Artwork

As I have mentioned time and time again, most frame shops and framing companies use minimal grade materials and techniques when framing your artwork, diplomas and other important items.  One would figure if you are going to spend any money framing an item, you would want it done correctly.

After all, if you want to put an “ok” item up, you would just run to the local big box store and buy a cheap frame off the shelf, right?  That’s the point.  People want to spend minimal amount of money to get the biggest bang.  You want to be able to run to a local frame shop or contact an internet art and/frame outfit and get the job done correctly with the least outlay.

First, framing materials are not cheap.  And, especially framing materials that meet conservation grade standards.  Combine the expense of materials with labor costs, shipping costs, overhead costs, costs accounting for errors or damages (from shipping or while in the framing establishment) and you have just racked up some hefty dollars.

So, what happens?  Framing places, whether they are big box arts and crafts, internet e-commerce firms or even local mom and pop shops either use the cheapest products to get a certain amount of profit or price their cost of goods sold of using higher quality materials and labor fairly.  But!  “Fairly” may turn off some people who don’t understand the costs of materials of materials used for preservation framing.

A case of museum grade glass costs more than double of lower quality regular NON UV glass. Now, add the incremental difference of conservation grade mat board vs. regular “acid free” NOT! mat board and keep going.  You see how costs can add up quickly.

You have to be careful about the materials that your framer uses.  Here is an example of foamcore that has deteriorated over 10 to 15 years.  Look how brittle and dry the core is.  This effect will out gas and contaminate your artwork, diplomas and other important items being framed.

One may assume that the big box arts and crafts stores must get better breaks on buying wholesale. That assumption can be made to a certain extent.  But keep in mind the huge overhead costs of operating a big operation, the theft costs from within and externally and the amount of wastes that goes on.  Only so much framing sales will cover a small portion of those costs.

As I have mentioned before, why do you think these outfits keep running those deceptive ads to bait people in?  Over my many years framing, I have had many people come to want me to fix their blunders that others have created. I am sure other local, reliable framers get approached with the same customers.

The sad fact is nothing can be done without laying out good money to fix errors done by other’s mishaps. You should know how an item if framed before you hand over your important treasures for framing.

Remember, you have to accept their word and sales talk and believe they are telling you the truth.  Hey, I am not a “doubting thomas” by nature, but after over 30 years in the business, I have seen a huge influx of framing operations establish business solely for the profit. Without regard to quality!

The next time you get something framed, do a little research.  Look at people’s opinions who had experiences with the operation.  Were they genuine reviews or feedback or were they written by the owner’s brother?

Also, use common sense.  If a mail order outfit is selling a frame to $60 or $70 including shipping or using sophisticated sales tactics, ask yourself if you are getting a fair deal.  Does the price match the costs and labor involved?  What are they not telling you?

No. This blog isnt meant to down other operations, but rather, understand that we aren’t trying to “stick it to you” because you went elsewhere.  After all, everyone is entitled to compete for business.  Just tell the truth and know smaller shops and fix other’s problems for little or no costs.

If you received a poorly made product, confront the place where you bought it.  Heck, I am doing that now with a product I bought through the mail.

Life is a learning series.  I don’t think I will every graduate with honors!

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