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My degrees are sitting in a drawer; why the hell won't the universities sell matting?

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My degrees are sitting in a drawer; why the hell won't the universities sell matting?

A mild rant that I needed to get off my chest. I am on staycation thanks to COVID-19 and doing a bit of tidying up at home. One of the things that has always irked me is that my wife and I still haven't framed and hung our degrees. The reason? We have degrees from multiple different universities and none of them use the same frames, nor do any of the Canadian universities sell the matting separately. Now I know what someone is going to say: "Just buy the frames and take out the matting". Sure, we could do that, but that just seems extraordinarily wasteful. We would be spending over $600 (6 degrees between us) just to throw away the frames. I know these are easy money for the universities, but multiple degrees and/or certificates isn't exactly uncommon these days. Just sell the bloody matting! /rant
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But it's all about the money. Each school wants you to pay them for the frames and stuff.
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Is it the embossed logo that you want? Or just matching mats? If its just matching matting you can find a framing store and get matching frames and mats. Or buy the school one and resell the frame.

When my spouse and I got our degrees/diplomas we bought the school mat and frame. We attended different schools so now we have changed to matching frames and mats and sold the school logo ones. The red, purple, blue and green didn't go together when hung on the same wall.
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I got mine custom matted/framed at Michael’s and while I don’t remember the cost, I wouldn’t have gotten them done if it wasn’t reasonable. They have sales often.
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zeddy wrote: Is it the embossed logo that you want? Or just matching mats? If its just matching matting you can find a framing store and get matching frames and mats. Or buy the school one and resell the frame.

When my spouse and I got our degrees/diplomas we bought the school mat and frame. We attended different schools so now we have changed to matching frames and mats and sold the school logo ones. The red, purple, blue and green didn't go together when hung on the same wall.
Touche. We were going to go with the university matting with the logos, but you raise a good point that it would be a bit of a rainbow. Only three of the degrees would match if we did that. I guess it's time to shop around for a framing place that uses archival paper and UV sealed glass.
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amz155 wrote: I got mine custom matted/framed at Michael’s and while I don’t remember the cost, I wouldn’t have gotten them done if it wasn’t reasonable. They have sales often.
Do they use archival paper and UV glass?
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Kiraly wrote: Obvious solution: Take the diplomas without buying their overpriced frame, and take them down to a local picture frame shop.
How is that a solution? My original goal was to have the university-specific embossed matting in each frame.
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That's rough OP. Six degrees and no frames.
Why are people down voting?
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cowbunpants wrote: That's rough OP. Six degrees and no frames.
Why are people down voting?
Book smart enough for 6 degrees but couldn't problem solve in real-life?
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tebore wrote: Book smart enough for 6 degrees but couldn't problem solve in real-life?
I'm listening. What's the solution? How am I going to get the university-specific embossed matting without buying the frames and matting combined? I've checked with the universities. They will not sell it. I've checked Kijiji, nadda. I've checked with independent print shops. They either: won't replicate it or cannot guarantee the same quality. Do tell. I'm all ears.
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unshavenyak wrote: I know these are easy money for the universities, but multiple degrees and/or certificates isn't exactly uncommon these days. Just sell the bloody matting! /rant
That's probably part of the reason. Most degrees and certificates are undergraduate/college and those are ten-a-penny, so a lot of people don't frame or display them. I imagine you probably have Masters/Doctorates that are far beyond the run-of-the-mill, but that's a specialist market (so they probably assume $600 is a drop in the ocean and charge as much for the paraphernalia as they can). I couldn't tell you where my undergraduate degree is, it's a piece of paper I got so I could sit inside and do a job rather than stand outside and do a job, basically.
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Manatus wrote: That's probably part of the reason. Most degrees and certificates are undergraduate/college and those are ten-a-penny, so a lot of people don't frame or display them. I imagine you probably have Masters/Doctorates that are far beyond the run-of-the-mill, but that's a specialist market (so they probably assume $600 is a drop in the ocean and charge as much for the paraphernalia as they can). I couldn't tell you where my undergraduate degree is, it's a piece of paper I got so I could sit inside and do a job rather than stand outside and do a job, basically.
To clarify, it's 6 degrees between my wife and I: 2 undergradatues, 2 Masters and 1 Doctorate. The issue we have is that we went to different schools for our undergraduate, my 2nd Masters and her PhD. Oh well, first world problems. We wanted the embossed matting with matching frames, but zeddy pointed out that the matting won't match, so might a well just go with plain jane white.

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