The other day I passed a local gift shop and saw some lovely framed posters (the image above shows one of them). The sign said that they were reproductions of tourism posters from the 1930s, so I thought that one of them might find its way into our house eventually: we like that kind of thing and we’ve got two or three similar posters from the French Alps, waiting to be framed properly. But then I saw the price tag: $799.
Later, I decided to google ‘NZ vintage tourist poster’ and see if there was a cheaper source. And I discovered that the same posters are for sale online, unframed, for a mere $59.95! I’m guessing that the framing is worth around $150 per poster, so it seems that somebody is making a vast profit (unless, of course, people buy the framed posters and discover $50 notes hidden in the mounting). I’d love to know whether the shop owner frames the posters themselves, or whether a third party is doing the arduous work of ordering the artwork online and then slapping a frame on it before selling it wholesale. Somebody is making a killing, that’s fo shiz. It’s a bit of a bummer, really – I like a lot of stuff in this shop, but I won’t be able to buy anything there again without first checking online to ensure that I’m not being taken for a ride.
Anyway, we’ll probably buy a couple of posters online when we’ve got things organised at the new house.