Caveat Emptor! Buyer Beware when using a Groupon or other “deal” for Framing!

I have said it once, and I will say it again!  There is no such thing as a free lunch when it comes to framing deals!   Time and Time again, I see critical reviews in Yelp, Google and other sites stating that the customer felt used or did not receive the deal they thought they purchased.  And, if we all put on our thinking hats, we would realize why this is the case!

There are no set, published prices on public display for custom framing.  Unlike a restaurant, store, or other retail outlets, frame shops do not display a price list showing the cost to frame certain sizes of art or other items.  This price list is only for the framing establishment.  In my humble opinion, this is how a frame store can “protect” itself if a social media deal is whipped out.  Personally, I think these tactics are unethical, but as long as people are herding in like cattle to be whipped in the butt, such deals will continue.

Ever notice the constant 50% off “specials” you see in newspapers or advertisements from the big box frame shops?  What is the retail basis they use for marking down?  What is the retail price if they constantly offer the 50% off specials? It seems to be that the retail price should be the continual prices offered through their false sales!

Framing is one of those things that people desire and want, but are concerned about the final price.  However, in searching for the deals, they really pay a premium for, in most cases, subpar work.  Subpar because the frame shop despises you bringing a social media deal to his/her shop.  HOW DARE YOU BRING A GROUPON INTO MY STORE!   “Sir, please forgive me for buying this deal you advertised online”

Thank you sir, may I have another!

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