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How much of a markup for framed prints?

Discussion in 'General Shop Talk' started by CraniumDesigns, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. CraniumDesigns

    CraniumDesigns TPF Noob!

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    So, I have pricing established for my matted pieces, but what if someone wants a FRAMED version of said matted piece? How much of a markup do YOU charge? I'm thinking 2-3 times more than the matted version, since framing is a lot of storage and time to do.

    So, if I charge $45 for a matted 12x16, then it would be $90-135 framed. Thoughts?
     
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    Cost of framing plus 10-20% depending on what you feel you can get away with.

    My framing doesn't take much time. I either use sectional frames or I get it done by a frame shop. Either way, 10-20% mark up is plenty good.

    To be honest, I try not to sell framed prints. Most people want to choose their own frames and that is fine with me. Taking a print out of a frame takes me 2 and 1/2 minutes. Most of my photos are matted to fit my stock of frames.

    Some works I will not sell without the frame but those are frames I got at auctions or yard sales (weird sizes) and the mat was cut to fit the frame. Also, a lot of time I work on the frame to make it fit the image in some way.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    thanks. this would be just for your basic aaron brother's black frame. i dont PLAN on selling framed versions, but if people wanna buy my display pieces, i need to know a price to charge.
     
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    10-20% above cost sounds a little low to me. But I guess it depends on how much time/effort you put into it yourself (and whether or not you have already included your time in the 'cost').

    If you just drop it off at a frame shop, then 10-20% might be OK...especially considering that the cost is probably higher, so that 10-20% is more substantial. But if you just buy a frame for $20, is $4 enough to make it worth your time to drive to the store, buy the frame, clean the frame/glass, install the photo, pack it up etc?
     

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