Consigning to eMoviePoster.com Auctions
This page last updated on December 1st, 2014
If you are ready to consign, just send us your items, but be sure to include the
Consignor Reference Sheet (click
HERE to print it). And only
send your package AFTER you have read the below info which covers most questions!
Have "better" items to consign to our major auctions?
Go HERE for details
about upcoming major auctions
and the deadline to consign to them.
Below you'll find:
Consigning Works | Schedule of Upcoming Auctions | Rates | About eMoviePoster.com | Questions &
Consignment Checklist & Reference Sheet |
Address & Contact Info
(Dates shown are the dates
the auctions will run)
|1/17 to 1/24||Rolled non-U.S. posters from many countries|
|1/19 to 1/26||Inserts and Italian locandinas|
|1/22 to 1/29||All sorts of miscellaneous items|
|1/24 to 1/31||3sh, 6sh, Argent, Italian, similar|
|1/26 to 2/2||Folded non-U.S. posters & non-U.S. lobbies|
|1/29 to 2/5||Many different kinds of bulk lots|
|1/31 to 2/7||Folded 27" x 41" one-sheets|
|2/2 to 2/9||Complete and incomplete sets of lobby cards|
|2/5 to 2/12||Single vintage 8" x 10" stills|
Still Time to Consign
(Dates Subject to Change)
|2/7 to 2/14||Window cards and French one-panels|
|2/9 to 2/16||Folded non-U.S. posters & non-U.S. lobbies|
|2/12 to 2/19||Single vintage 11x14 lobby cards|
|2/14 to 2/21||Folded 27" x 41" one-sheets|
|2/16 to 2/23||3sh, 6sh, Argent, Italian, similar|
|2/19 to 2/26||Many different kinds of bulk lots|
|2/21 to 2/28||Rolled non-U.S. posters from many countries|
|2/23 to 3/2||Rolled one-sheets and rolled special posters|
|2/26 to 3/5||March Major Auction Part I|
|2/28 to 3/7||March Major Auction Part II|
|3/2 to 3/9||March Major Auction Part III|
|3/5 to 3/12||Lots of 2+ 8" x 10" stills from the same title|
|3/7 to 3/14||Folded 27" x 41" one-sheets|
|3/9 to 3/16||Half-sheets and inserts|
|3/12 to 3/19||All sorts of miscellaneous items|
How Consigning Works
Benefits of consigning through us:
- The only work you do is getting your items
to us. We do everything else!
- No hidden commissions or fees, and no "fine
print". We stand by what we
say and will never mislead you.
- We NEVER buy items from you (as
almost every other auction house does) because that would put
us in direct conflict with our consignment based business, and we would be on
"the opposite side" from you, needing to buy your items for a low price. When
you consign to us, we are "on the same side" so if your items sell for more,
then you get more and we also get more. This means we are highly
motivated to get the most for your items.
- You get an audience of 18,290 movie
paper collectors who know us (many have been buying from us for 24 years)
and who know that we always
describe everything honestly and usually send purchases out within two
business days of
receiving payment, very securely wrapped in specially made extra-strong boxes
and tubes. This
makes bidders more likely to bid on an item we're offering than one offered by
someone unknown to them (like you!).
- Since we auction on a regular schedule every
Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday offering 2,000 to 3,000 items a week, bidders
are more inclined to look
over our auctions because we will probably have something to interest them.
There are thousands of people who check our auctions every single time, and who would
probably miss your item if it is auctioned any other way, because they simply
don't have the time to check out other auction sites on a regular basis!
you a good
candidate for consigning through us? Here is a checklist:
We can say that we have paid out tens of millions of dollars to
over 1,500 people just like yourself, and we have had only a couple of
dissatisfied consignors, a record we are very
- Your items need to have a realistic retail
value of at least $15 per item (you can check this in our
Auction History) OR you need to be willing to let us auction sub-$15 items in bulk
You need to be willing to send them to us and trust us with
them (but know that we have done nothing but auction movie posters for the past
24 years, and that we have a 35,000 square foot warehouse, and we are not going
You need to let us sell them with NO
minimum bid for each item, and accept the possibility that you may receive less
for some items than you thought they were worth.
Overall, you need to trust us with your material during the
time we have it, and trust that we will honestly report how much each item sold
for (although, since they will have sold on our auction site, you will be able
to "follow along" and verify what we say). If you have any doubt about your
willingness to trust us, stop reading now!
Now of course the above cartoon is an exaggeration, but not by as much as you might
imagine! Several trucks (some driven by our employees and some by our consignors) have pulled into
our warehouse FILLED with entire collections from dealers and collectors who had decided to consign
everything they had to us.
Now we are the ONLY movie poster auction there is where this is not that remarkable, and,
because we own an entire city block, we can easily accommodate even these kinds of massive
collections. And of course most days we receive ten or twenty packages sent to us by some of our
over 1,500 consignors, and those don't pose a problem either!
We have carefully figured out how much time
and effort goes into selling an item online, from start to finish. It takes the
exact same amount of work to sell a $10 one-sheet as a $1000 one-sheet. The cost
to us of the labor and overhead required to sell each item is an absolute
minimum of $9 each. The vast majority of buyers pay with credit cards or PayPal,
which costs us roughly three percent of the total. Taking everything into
consideration, we have arrived at the below commission rates.
|Items selling for:
||We receive this amount:
||20% of the selling price
|$500 to $999
||22% of the selling price
|$400 to $499
||24% of the selling price
|$300 to $399
||26% of the selling price
|$100 to $299
||28% of the selling price
|$ 70 to $ 99
||30% of the selling price
|$ 40 to $ 69
||35% of the selling price
|$ 30 to $ 39
||40% of the selling price
|$ 20 to $ 29
||50% of the selling price
|$ 12 to $ 19
||60% of the selling price
|$ 8 to $ 11
||66% of the selling price
|$ 1 to $ 7
||75% of the selling price
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT OUR RATES: If you compare the above
rates to those of other major auction companies, it may appear that we charge MORE than they
do. BUT ACTUALLY, WE CHARGE LESS THAN THEY DO AT EVERY SINGLE PRICE LEVEL!
How is this true? Because they charge "buyers premiums" to every buyer (usually 20% or so), which
means that a buyer of a "$1,000" poster pays $200 more, or $1,200 in all. The seller (you) then
receives $1,000 less their commission (usually 15% to 25%), which means that you receive between
$750 and $850 on that poster that the buyer paid $1,200 for. But IN OUR AUCTIONS, when your
poster auctions for $1,200, there is no buyers premium, and you receive $1,200 less 20%, which is
$960, substantially more than the $750 to $850 you receive from any other major auction!
The rates are
for each individual item sold, not for your consignment as a whole. Also,
a "bulk lot" is considered a single item, so if a lot of 50 posters sells for
$100, the rate you pay will be 28% for one item, not 75% for each individual
Note that we will not come close to breaking even on the sub-$20 items, because
we have an hour of labor in
every item, and we don't get enough to pay for that hour for items that sell for under $20, plus
have to pay all the web hosting fees, advertising fees, and credit card fees (we'll get
for an item that sells for $6, but we still lose money on that item! We get $7.20 for an item that
sells for $12, but we still lose money on that item! We get $10 for an item that
sells for $20, and we probably just barely break even on that item, which is a waste of
Therefore, we have made these rates extremely high on the sub-$20 items in an attempt
to get people to stop sending them for individual sale (but we gladly accept
such items as "bulk lots")! Sub-$20 items COST us money (we lose money on almost every one)
and they cost our consignors money, because having a lot of sub-$20 items causes bidders to lose interest
in bidding, and they bid less than they do when there are very few sub-$20 items!
that we must pay all the website fees, the credit card fees, and the cost of sending the
items, and, unlike every other major auction company, WE CHARGE NO BUYERS PREMIUMS TO
Please realize that if you were to sell these lower priced items yourself, you would probably find that you weren't
even earning minimum wage, after taking into account the amount of time you spent and the
fees you would pay. Selling items for just a few dollars each is just a waste of
everyone's time. We are looking for individuals who have items that have a
minimum realistic value of at least
$15 per item (or who are willing to let us group less valuable items into "bulk
lots"), and will trust us to be 100% honest with them.
Since 1989, Bruce Hershenson has organized 18 major movie poster auctions (10
for Christie's auction house, 3 for Howard Lowery auction house, and 5
mega-auctions held on eBay on specific days in 2001-2004) with total sales of over 10 million
dollars! Between 1989 and 1999 he sold over 30,000 vintage movie posters and
lobby cards through sales catalogs with sales of over 4 million dollars. In
2000, Bruce switched to auctioning solely on the Internet and between 2000 and
around 300,000 items on the eBay auction site, and since 2008 has sold around an
equal amount on his own auction site, eMoviePoster.com, with total sales of $54,813,869 (over $5
million in 2013 alone, our all-time sales record, and our first five million dollar year!). Bruce has also published 42 full-color movie poster
books that have combined sales of over 300,000 copies! Having seen how
many auction houses operate first hand, Bruce Hershenson started
eMoviePoster.com with the philosophy that auctions should be run with honesty
and integrity both with our bidders AND with our consignors. If you've
never dealt with us before, once you do, you will quickly find that everything we say
Questions and Answers
Q: What if you have posters that are only worth a few dollars each
(either solely such posters, or in addition to "better" posters),
and you simply want to get rid of them?
A: We can create "bulk lots" of your "lesser" items and auction them for
you that way. You won't get that much money for the posters, but you will get
more than you could selling them any other way, and there is no effort on your
part. Plus, let's say we sold 100 items for you for $1 each individually. You would
receive $25 after our commissions. However, if they are sold as a "lot of 100"
items and still sell for $100, then you would receive $72 due to the far better commission rate.
Q: How long will it take to get your
A: We run a cycle of auctions every 2 to 3
months based on what has been consigned to us. This means that some items
(such as folded one-sheets) will be auctioned quickly while others may take
several months to auction. In addition, posters that are not "standard"
sizes (such as banners, special sizes, non-movie posters, sheet music, etc) may
only be auctioned once a year. THEREFORE, PLEASE DO NOT
SEND THESE TYPES OF ITEMS UNLESS YOU CAN ACCEPT THAT IT MAY TAKE US 6 MONTHS, A YEAR, OR MORE
TO AUCTION THEM. But we really do auction 95% of what we are sent within a
few months! It is the "oddball" items that take a very long time to get
Q: When will you be paid?
A: We always pay at the end of the month following the month in which items
are sold. For example, if your items sell in July, we will pay you at the
end of August. Why is this? After the auctions close, it can
take several weeks to collect payment from all the buyers. Once the items
have been shipped, we need a couple more weeks to be sure the buyers are pleased
with their purchases and will not be returning any (but know that returns happen less than 1%
of the time). Given our payment schedule, we will be paying you between 30
and 59 days from the time your auctions close. In the event that an item
hasn't been paid for yet, we will list it on your payment statement as "Payment
Pending or to be Relisted". If it is paid for, it will appear on a
future statement. If it isn't, we will block the bidder who didn't pay (so
he/she can't do it again), and we will re-auction the item. Also, know that if your payment is less
than $20, we will hold it until it totals more than $20 which saves you and us both time. Of course,
you can request us to make the payment anyway by contacting us.
Q: What will your payment statement
A: It will have a detailed accounting of every single item we sold for
you in that month, what it sold for, when it sold, and what our commission was.
The end of the statement shows a summary of what you received and what we
received for our commissions.
Q: What can you expect
once you've sent your items to us?
We will notify you via e-mail when your
We will begin preparing them for auction
NOTE: They will likely be auctioned when we next sell those sizes, UNLESS
it is one of the items that we have one or more examples of the exact same item
already consigned to us.
We will notify you via e-mail when items of yours are put up for auction
One week later, we will notify you via e-mail of the results of your items
We will pay you by check sent by U.S. mail (unless you have made other
arrangements such as payment by PayPal or bank wire)
Q: What if
you're not 100% certain that you want to send your items?
A: We do not want you to send your items if you do not trust us.
But of course, you can start by sending a sample group of 20 or so items to see how they do, and then decide from there
how you feel about our service. We are 100% sure that we will get you far more money for your items than
you would get by selling them to any dealer, or consigning them to any other auction company,
and if you sell them yourself, you will AT BEST get around what you would have gotten from
us after our commissions, but you will have done a LOT of work!
Q: How should you pack your items?
Be sure to pack your items securely and in
sturdy packages! We are very sad when we see consignments that got damaged
in transit to us due to poor packing. Always be sure items do not "shift"
within your package when you shake it strongly. You can be sure that the
packages you send to us will be treated far rougher by USPS, UPS, FedEx, and DHL.
Here are some visual examples. Additionally, we've created a "Secure
Packaging Guide" to help you pack your consignments in a more sturdy
Q: Should you
send "framed" posters? NO!!
A: Whenever people have shipped us posters that are framed, the frames
often arrive broken which usually results in damage to the poster.
Therefore, we ask that you NEVER send a framed poster through the mail.
Instead, remove the poster from the frame and send the poster by itself.
Additionally, we don't sell or return the frames, so there is no benefit to
sending the frame to us.
Q: Can you use your consignment proceeds to pay for purchases? Yes!
A: Many of our consignors do this, and it is absolutely fine to do (and it can save you and
us both money on credit card transaction fees!). If you want to do this, just
(or reply to your winning bid emails) and we will do it. You can
learn more here.
Q: Is it OK for consignors to bid on
their own items for
any reason (like because they are currently selling for a very low price with just a short
time to go)?
A: Absolutely "NO" under any circumstances. These are NO
RESERVE auctions, and consignors are not allowed to bid on their own items.
If we discover that you bid on your own items, we will return your consignments
to you and no longer accept future consignments. You have to be able to accept
the "no reserve" aspect of our auctions, or you can't consign. While the vast
majority of items end up selling for between half of a reasonable retail and
twice a reasonable retail, there are always a few items that sell for far under
what you would expect they would, and if you can't live with that uncertainty,
then you can't consign to us.
Q: What if you
have more questions?
A: We are happy to
answer any questions you may have. You may
or call us at 417-256-9616 Monday to Friday 8:30 AM CST to 5 PM CST (but not 12 to 1 CST when we
take lunch) to discuss your consignments.
Checklist & Reference Sheet
HERE to print out the
Consignor Reference Sheet
Address & Contact Info
Phone: 417 256-9616
Fax: 417 257-6948
Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM and
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Central Standard Time). We are closed from 12 to 1 for
for Post Office only is:
P.O. Box 874
West Plains, MO 65775
Our address for UPS or FedEx only is:
306 Washington Avenue
West Plains, MO 65775
WHEN SENDING CONSIGNMENTS, PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE
CONSIGNOR REFERENCE SHEET WHICH ASKS FOR: your name, phone number, mailing address, e-mail address,
and consignment preferences.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Bruce Hershenson and the other 29 members of the eMoviePoster.com team