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Thoughts on Framing/Printing Price

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Thoughts on Framing/Printing Price

I went to a downtown Toronto specialty framing and printing location to frame a large painting (shadowbox) and to print and frame a photograph and ended up shocked at their quotations.

Can anyone tell me what they think of this pricing and whether it is reasonable, and, if not reasonable, what a reasonable price should be?

Sizing is in inches:
Shadowbox on a 40x50 painting (hinged, not mounted) - $1,300 HST inclusive. Glass is a premium non-reflective 92% UV protected glass.

Photo printing + framing of a 20x30 print - $1,000 HST inclusive (again, same premium non-reflective glass).

I had expected pricing more in the realm of anywhere from 20-40% of what was quoted. Anyone have any thoughts? With different framing selections and inferior glass I could have reduced the prices somewhat (maybe by about $500 on the painting and $300 on the photo, but it would still have been very expensive). I was going here with these two items and thought I would do more business there in future if it worked out well, but with that kind of pricing I can't afford to...
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Nov 24, 2004
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Towelbro3 wrote:
Can anyone tell me what they think of this pricing and whether it is reasonable, and, if not reasonable, what a reasonable price should be?
Based on some custom framing we had done a few years ago, those prices seem a bit high, but not massively so. (Maybe 15% higher than I would have expected) Custom framing is an expensive proposition.

You can try calling around to see if there are any places that offer a discount. It sometimes also is worth trying the big chains like Michael's or Deserres that often have coupons for custom framing.
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Dec 19, 2015
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Framing costs are horrifically high in Canada. Not sure why, but perhaps due to the import costs of the frame material from Europe?

I haven't tried them for frames but you could always try somewhere like Posterjack.ca, or alternatively look for a US company that send to Canada?

Otherwise 20x30 is a pretty standard size so you may be able to buy something premade and just get the print done separately - the cost of which could vary widely depending on print type.

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