This great poster was begifted to me a few years ago, by someone who turned around and did something a kinda mean to me. It's been in a cardboard tube since then, while I insolently refused to hang it....
...but it IS...
...a nice poster. Heavy stock. And I love the image.
So dang, I broke down and took the thing into Michael's Crafts on Sunday afternoon. I told the girl in the custom framing department that I wanted to go cheapest possible route to frame the thing. Just make in hang-able.
A mat? NO!
Glass, she asked me? Glass, or plexiglass, whatever's CHEAP.
I purposefully did not use the word "inexpensive" because "inexpensive" simply sounds more expensive than "cheap," and I wanted CHEAP. Look, I'm not making an investment to frame something an...
So, the clerk at Michael's tallied up the cheap frame and glass, and gives me a grand total: $178.99.
$179.00?!! I made some coughing-snorting-laughing sounds, as I removed their weights from the corners of my poster and rolled it up. Look, she's working for little more than minimum wage, and I KNOW she knows that almost $200 for a poster frame is outrageous. But if that's what they charge, it's what they charge. Thanks for your time.
She caught me. Wait!
"What kind of money were you thinking about?" she asked me.
Ok. I know full well that custom framing is not cheap, but I'll bite. "Fifty bucks."
She messed around with the computer calculator, and quoted me back: "$61.88."
I asked her, "for what?"
For the very same frame and glass that she'd just quoted me $179 on!!!
Get OUT!! I was incredulous, and it took every ounce of my being not to write a number on a piece of paper, slide it face down to the girl, and ask her to go show it to her manager for approval.
All I could think was, "what would have happened here if I'd sprung for the $179?" Would she have ever, in a million years recalculated the cheaper price?
I don't think so. And $61.88 was a hell of a price for a custom frame and glass...but Michael's doesn't get my money.
I'd rather pay more to a vendor that won't try to screw me over.
Like the guy that gave me the poster.