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ORDERING, SHIPPING AND FAQs


Ordering and Shipping


1. How do I place an order?

To place an order, please use the ORDER button in the bottom of the item description.
We do not have a shop system, so if you are interested in more than one poster, please simply send us a message from each item's description, or simply put your wants in the text field of a message.
We will confirm your order as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours.

The vast majority of movie posters offered on this site are vintage, one-of-a-kind collector's items. While this site is frequently updated, all items offered are subject to prior sale.

To inquire about a poster or for any other questions, please use the CONTACT form.

You may also email us at mail(at)filmposter.net or give us a call at +4930.308.24.953.

All film posters offered on this site are in stock and can be viewed in person in our Berlin SHOWROOM.


2. How can I pay?

All prices on this page are in Euro (€).

We accept Visa and MasterCard credit cards and also Paypal.

For domestic transactions, payment by wire transfer is strongly preferred.

Unfortunately, we can no longer accept any international checks or money orders.


3. Do you ship internationally?

We ship worldwide.


4. What are the shipping costs?

Domestic deliveries: If possible, posters will be shipped with Deutsche Post Einschreiben (Registered Letter Mail).
Size limitations apply, larger items, including all rolled posters, will ship with DHL Parcel Post.

International deliveries: All flat items and rolled posters up to a size of 23x33 in (59x84 cm) can be shipped with Registered Letter Mail.

Sample shipping costs (October 2010):
€ 4.50 Einschreiben (Germany)
€ 7.00 DHL-Paket (Germany)

€ 7.00 Registered Letter Mail (Europe
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€ 18.00 DHL Parcel Post (Europe)
€ 10.00 Registered Letter Mail (Worldwide )
€ 18.00 DHL Parcel Post Insured (Europe and the UK)
€ 36.00 DHL Parcel Post Insured (USA and Canada)
Parcel Post rates for other countries upon request. Rates are subject to change without notice.

Delivery through UPS or other courier services are available, please inquire for details.

We ship within three days upon receipt of payment. Usually your order is mailed on the next working day.


5. Do you have a brick-and-mortar store?

Yes, we have a store in Berlin. For more details, please click the SHOWROOM link in the page header.


6. Do you have a Return Policy?

Yes, we offer full return privileges. Details are lined out in our Terms of Service (AGB) at the bottom of this page.


7. I have not found what I was looking for. Can you still help me?

The answer is 'maybe'. Our worldwide network makes it possible for us to find a large number of posters on a short term basis or within a reasonable time frame.  However, please be aware that we only sell original movie art, and that supplies may be limited. Please do not assume, that everything is available at any given moment, this is simply not so. On the other hand, if a certain poster is currently for sale anywhere in the world, there is a good chance that we will be able to find it for you. Please let us know what you're looking for, and we will gladly give you a free evalution. Please use our CONTACT FORM for your request. We'd love to hear from you!


8. Imprint and Terms of Service

You will find the imprint and our terms of service at the bottom of this page.

 


FAQ About Collecting Movie Posters


9. Why collect Movie Posters?

Firstly, almost everyone in every country and of every age enjoys watching movies. They have become one of the most dominant forces in both national and international culture. Movie posters are an excellent way to remember and admire the great films of the past.
Secondly, they look great framed on walls. Movie posters can be visually stunning, a snap-shot of the movie in one image equally as attractive as any work of art. Thirdly, they are affordable, a fair number of the posters offered by Galerie filmposter.net are priced between €20 and €100.
Fourthly, with people collecting all over the world it is a great hobby for anyone with an interest in film. Finally, movie posters can be a good investment. Since the first major auction at Christie's in 1991, movie posters have stood their ground in major league auctions. Sales results of the regular movie poster auctions held at top auction houses like Heritage and Christies are an obvious proof that the movie poster collecting market is very much alive and kickin'.


10. Are Movie Posters Collectable?

In 2005, a private collector paid $690,000 for an original 1927 German poster on the science fiction classic METROPOLIS, a world record that still stands today.  While obviously most posters will never sell for anything near this amount, it shows just how valuable vintage movie posters can become. Popular movie posters for titles like 'Breakfast at Tiffany's', early James Bond titles and 'Star Wars' regularly sell for hundreds and thousands of dollars; the latter movie being just over thirty years old.


11. What makes a Movie Poster collectable?

'Original movie art' materials are produced by movie studios for distribution directly to theatres and/or movie distribution centers. They are printed by a select group of lithographers. These materials are designed, produced and distributed solely as advertising materials. They are to be used for that purpose only and then either returned or destroyed after their use.
These advertising materials are never intended to be given, distributed or sold to the public under any circumstances. They are printed in limited numbers, in accordance with the needs of the theatres and/or movie distribution centers. This makes them harder to get, thus creating the limited supply. Most people regard video posters and poster reproductions as non-collectible, so they are usually of no or very little monetary value.


12. What affects the Price of a Movie Poster?

Numerous factors affect the price of a movie poster and these include: the popularity of the film, the importance of the film, the director, the stars, the condition of the poster, rarity, size, the age of the poster and of course the artwork itself.


13. Where do you get your posters from?

Galerie filmposter.net acquires posters directly from movie theaters, private collectors and reputable dealers around the world.


14. How do I know these Posters are genuine?

Every poster offered by Galerie filmposter.net (unless explicitly stated) is an original, vintage, theater-used poster. These posters were never commercially available and were only printed in the year of their issue. We have been in business since 1996 and we guarantee the authenticity of every single poster in our collection. The occasional art print or reproduction is explicitly labeled.


15. Do you buy Movie Posters?

We do. We're always interested in buying vintage quality movie paper from around the world. We buy anything from individual pieces to complete collections. If you have posters and you're considering to sell them, please CONTACT US for a free appraisal.


16. Why are so many of the posters folded?

A folded poster is not defective or always considered lower in value. Advertising materials released prior to the mid-1980s were usually machine folded and mailed flat to the local movie distributors/exhibitors. A rolled, original poster of 'Casablanca' from 1942 simply does not exist.
Different countries still use different methods of distribution. Most modern American posters are sent to theatres rolled and an unfolded poster from the last twenty years is almost always more valuable than one that has been folded.


17. Which Grading System do you use?

There is no universal grading system in the movie poster hobby, and the different grades within a system may vary considerably by the personal standards of the person or company grading the poster. That said, the following grading terms should merely help to give you a general idea of the condition. Please contact us for a more detailed condition report.

Galerie filmposter.net uses the following grading system:

MINT (M)
An unused, unfolded item in perfect condition, with only minimal wear (if any.)

NEAR MINT (NM)
Usually applies to folded, but otherwise mint movie posters or rolled posters with only minimal wear. Posters and lobby cards may have single pinholes in corners.

VERY FINE or FINE (VF/F)
A used film poster in overall excellent shape, but with minor signs of wear.
May have pinholes, smaller tears, light fading and slight overall wear.

VERY GOOD (VG)
An average, theatre used movie poster.
Several pinholes, tears, fading, tape stains, and/or minor paper loss may occur.

GOOD (G)
Heavy wear. Item will most likely show heavy fading and/or significant paper loss.
May still be presentable if framed. Items in Good condition are not recommended for the condition conscious collector.

FAIR/POOR
Below average, major defects.
Unless it is an extremely desirable title, we don't sell items in this condition.


18. What does 'Re-Release', 'Advance' or 'Doublesided' mean?

A re-release means that the poster was printed when the film was re-released. After its initial release in 199, 'Gone with the Wind has been released' has been re-released  about a dozen times in the US alone, so there are about twelve or thirteen different versions of the poster. Obviously the first issue is usually the most valuable but often the poster art is more definitive in defining value than the year alone.
An 'advance' or 'teaser advance' is a poster that is released before the film shows. It often has 'coming soon' or the date of release printed on the poster.
Since c. 1990 many posters have been printed double-sided which allows them to be placed on light boxes in cinemas. These posters are rarer than their singlesided counterparts and hence very collectable.


19. What does 'Linenbacking' or 'Paperbacking' mean?

Some of the film posters offered on this site are described as 'linenbacked' or 'paperbacked'. Linen- and paperbacking are techniques used to restore and archivally protect posters. The process also diminishes the appearance of the fold lines evident in many posters.
Here's how linenbacking works: The poster is affixed to archival paper which is then put on linen (actually, cotton canvas is more commonly used these days) and sometimes stiff paper stock is used instead of canvas. The process is archivally sound and reversible. Strictly non-acidic materials are used, and as part of the backing process the poster is de-acified, thus stopping the natural decay of the paper stock and preserving the poster for generations to come. Also, professional restoration can vastly improve the appearance of a movie poster. This procedure is internationally accepted, it is used by collectors, auction houses and archives worldwide.
We offer linenbacking and paperbacking as a customer service, please inquire for details.


20. Do you offer a framing service?

Yes. We usually have a small assortment of standard frames in stock and we also offer a top-quality archival framing service. Please inquire for details.


21. Why are they all different sizes?

Every country has different poster formats. Most countries have some variant of the 'one-sheet' format which usually measures around 69x104 cm (27x41 in). These posters are the most collectable but you should also keep an eye out for other sizes which are also produced for more unique purposes such as subway stations, movie theatre lobbies and advertising billboards. These sizes were usually printed in much lower quantities and are therefore considerably rarer.
The sizes of the posters can be found in the item descriptions. Sizes and designations differ according to their country of origin such as the A1 (Germany), One-Sheet, Halfsheet and Insert (USA), B2 and B1 (Japan), British Quad (Britain), or Daybill (Australia). An exception to the one-sheet size rule are France and Italy. These countries traditionally have rather large movie posters, a standard French Affiche measures app. 120x160 cm (47x63 in), the Italian Due-Folio and Quattro-Folio measure 100x140 cm (39x55 in) and 140x200 cm (55x79 in) respectively.


22. How do I preserve a Movie Poster?

Framing can help to preserve a movie poster but there are other factors to consider. Ideally they should be placed out of direct sunlight to avoid fading. In places with excessive humidity the paper can be affected if the frame is loosely fitted. If you have a large collection both in size and quantity, you may want to invest in flat file drawers.  They can be purchased in most larger art supply stores. Linen and paper backing are techniques used to restore and archivally protect posters.  More information about linenbacking and paperbacking can be found elsewhere on this page.


23. Do you sell Movie Poster Reproductions?

This website exclusively deals in original movie posters, the occasional art print or reproduction are explicitly labeled. We do offer a (very limited) selection of reprint posterts in our brick-and-mortar store. Galerie filmposter.net specializes in original vintage movie posters. Dealers for art prints and movie poster reproductions can be found on Google.


24. Where else can I buy posters?

Nowadays the internet is probably the best resource for poster buyers. There are, however, many disreputable dealers (selling both on eBay and on their own websites) whose entire business is based on selling overpriced items to newcomers. Make sure you buy from recommended or well established dealers who have a willingness to answer questions and educate new collectors.

 


AGB + IMPRESSUM

Satisfaction guaranteed. For our international mail order clients, we offer a full return policy: All items may be returned for any reason for a full refund less postage, no questions asked.
To make use of this policy, the buyer must contact us within seven days of receipt and the item must be received back within 30 days, in the exact same condition it was sent.

Shipping policy: We ship within 1-3 days upon receipt of payment, usually on the next working day.

Zufriedenheit garantiert: Alle Artikel, die sie bei uns per Mail Order bestellen, können ohne Angabe von Gründen zurückgesandt werden gegen eine volle Erstattung des Kaufpreises abzüglich Versandkosten. Sie können den Kauf innerhalb von einem Monat in Textform (Brief, Fax oder E-Mail) oder durch Rücksendung des Artikels widerrufen. Die Frist beginnt frühestens mit Erhalt dieser Belehrung. Zur Wahrung der Widerrufsfrist genügt die rechtzeitige Absendung des Widerrufs oder des Artikels. Der Widerruf ist zu richten an: Galerie filmposter.net Inh. Helmut Hamm Pücklerstr. 21 10997 Berlin E-Mail: mail(at)filmposter.net Tel: 030.308.24.953 Fax: 030.308.24.954 Widerrufsfolgen: Im Falle eines wirksamen Widerrufs sind die beiderseits empfangenen Leistungen zurückzugewähren. Wenn Sie den empfangenen Artikel ganz oder teilweise nicht oder nur in verschlechtertem Zustand, oder nur einen identischen Artikel in schlechterem Zustand zurückschicken, müssen Sie ggf. Wertersatz leisten. Zum Zustands- oder Identitätsvergleich findet u.a. das jeweilige Artikelfoto im ursprünglich hochaufgelösten Format Verwendung. Bei einem Warenwert über € 40,00 ist die Rücksendung für Sie kostenfrei. Wenn die gelieferte Ware der bestellten entspricht und deren Preis einen Betrag von € 40,00 nicht übersteigt, tragen Sie die Kosten der Rücksendung. Versandabwicklung: Artikelversand erfolgt 1-3 Tage nach Zahlungsseingang.

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