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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by max2, Jan 16, 2017.
I would like to buy a original movie poster.
In my youth I have shopped for posters and went to poster/graphic/art shops. These are specialized shops. My friend got some posters at a comic book store and of course, there are auctions for high end or most wanted posters. Today, I would imagine one might be able to shop on line if they are careful.
Thanks what are some tips of buying movie posters online?
I would imagine you would want either business or private sellers that have a good reputation from other sales. This is very much like a vender that gets star ratings and gives you an idea of how well they do with product and follow through (as well as pricing). I am sure some folks must sell stuff on ebay so check out the seller and also make sure you have a real "return" policy associated with the intended product to purchase.
As for me, its about direct buy and I would not do something like this on the net as there are various things one must look for in quality (unless there is some sort of test and authenticity check by an expert).
Thanks where would you go to buy a movie poster frame or have it done ?
Would you consider this site legitimate for authenticated movie posters as well ? http://www.posteritati.com
Movie poster frame. I think you need to look up on the internet about archival matting and presentation more oriented towards silver-halide photographs (typical black and white photographers from film days). I say this as you want to make sure you keep your poster/graphic art protected and mounted properly. As for framing, again check on archival framing beyond matting and mounting.
You have several options.
You could use a neighborhood frame shop and have them create a custom frame using your hand selected pieces. This may end up being very expensive depending of the frame material, the matte and the glass (like non reflective UV or "museum" glass).
Another option is to buy a prefab frame at an arts & crafts chain retailer like Michael's or Aaron Brothers. You won't have the same range of choices or styles as compared to the neighborhood framing shop, but the end result may be acceptable for you. That's your call, of course.
Stores like Michael's typically have a framing department. They might not have the wide range of frames that a specialty frame store would have, but they might have something that appeals to you. Custom framing will definitely cost more than a prefab kit.
Or you could try an online retailer which is often the cheapest option. I've used Poster Frame Depot before when I wanted a very basic prefab kit. There are plenty of online frame retailers, just use your favorite search engine.
So it comes down to a balance between budget and quality, just like in so many of life's purchase decisions. You're not going to get Aston Martin styling on a Honda budget.
I'll mention again, if you are dealing with "original" posters, they most likely have value and you want to protect your purchase. Buying the wrong presentation set up is something you will regret later. Best to consider archival or "museum" level frames, matt boards and glass if you must display. Don't just grab an Aaron Brothers glass/frame kit as the frame and paper backing may be acidic (bad news for paper) or other chemicals are released that damage the art.