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Why are autographs so expensive?

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Report this Jun. 18 2006, 3:25 am

When I went to a convention in NJ, I paid $25 a piece for autographs from Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes.  Honestly, I thought it was a little pricey, but I decided to splurge.

There is a convention coming up in November in NYC that will feature William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew and Avery Brooks.  I got excited until I saw that autographs from Mulgrew and Brooks would be $50 each, and Shanter's would be $60.  Frankly, that is out of my price range.

Why are the autographs so expensive?  I know that the conventions have to make a profit, but they already have a cover charge.  And are the prices controlled by the actors or by the company running the event?

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Report this Jun. 18 2006, 3:31 am

Something to do with their agent I believe.  I also think that the convention has to pay the actors to be there so perhaps this is a way to help with those costs.

I know this sucks.  I too am getting autographs from Bill Shatner even though they are pricey

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Report this Jun. 18 2006, 9:43 am

It's Creation. Their cons are always waaaaaaaaaaay overpriced, relative to other sci fi cons.

For example, the entire NextGen cast, minus Stewart and Wheaton, were at the Philly con a year ago. Every autograph was $20, and many of them ended up free anyway. It was the best con I've been to because it wasnt about milking poor sci fi fans like Creation cons are. It had all the "big convention" frills, and none of the crap.

That being said, I got my "get all 3 captains" package months ago. See you at the November Creation con!

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Report this Jun. 18 2006, 6:58 pm

BUSH LEAGUE!!!!!!!!! Since most of the Trek actors (except Stewart, and Shatner and maybe a few other's) most of the those no talent hacks would never had a carrer without Trek fans, the fact that they would charge for autographs is disgusting.

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Report this Jun. 18 2006, 10:37 pm

You know Creation Ent was made by fans, why would they make fans suffer for their greed?

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Report this Jun. 18 2006, 11:06 pm

Quote (juise15 @ June 18 2006, 10:37 pm)
You know Creation Ent was made by fans, why would they make fans suffer for their greed?

Because they can.

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Report this Jun. 19 2006, 10:30 am

There's probably a split between the con and the actors at Creation events.  Probably 50/50 or something like that.  These Cons are big business, especially the Vegas one.  That's their cash cow.  I only wish Colm and Jeri would show up.  I would then be done with "Trek" cons.

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Report this Jun. 19 2006, 11:18 pm

I have never gone to a Creation Con, but considered going to the Chicago one, but $300 plus Autographs is WAY to much, so Im going to STTE instead, in July, before the Con.

I know that one con, they paid the actors to go, and they had to give the guest at least 1 free autograph. This year they are trying something what they do at most cons.

I saw that Brent Spiner was, I believe, $50 at a Creation Con, but when he came to a Comic Con in Novi, Michigan, He was only $20. I know that the actors have to pay $50 for a booth, and then can charge whatever they want for autos, and get all the $$. Most the Trek people who go are $20, occasionally $25, and only once, LeVar Burton's first time signing at a con, he was $30.

I have seen most of the TNG cast at the Comic Con, all except, Frakes and Stewart. And all TOS (iDohan went, but I didnt know about the con that year) except Shatner and Nimoy, who I dont really want to meet. They both, especially Shatner, seem like Jerks! Not many VOY or DS9, I believe, all Ive met were, Picardo, and Combs. I do know that the guy who plays Odo (I know his name just cant spell it) and a few others were there before I went. No Enterprise, but Eugene Roddenberry did go my first year.

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Report this Jun. 20 2006, 2:58 am

Well, don't blame them for charging so much for autographs.  Major blame can be attributed to certain fans themselves, who flip the signed autographs right off on ebay.  Since the actors have limited time and can't be signing autographs as a full time job, they can only sign so many.  Free autographs would cater mostly to the greedy fans looking for an ebay opportunity.  By charging, the secondary market is somewhat diminshed.

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Report this Jun. 21 2006, 3:31 pm

Good point, spacemonster. Charging per autographs also helps to limit the number of signatures people can get. Way back when Creation had complimentary autographs for everyone, I once saw a dealer ask Marina Sirtis to sign at least 10 individual items which he immediately put up for sale in the dealers room.

Can you imagine the wait in Vegas if 8000+ fans received unlimited complimentary autographs? I don't even want to see the line for "limit one autograph per person."

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Report this Jun. 21 2006, 10:26 pm

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Why are autographs so expensive?, Anyone know?


Possibly because you could resell it at double the value once the actor in question croaks.

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Report this Jun. 22 2006, 4:18 am

Quote (spacemonster @ June 20 2006, 2:58 am)
Well, don't blame them for charging so much for autographs. ?Major blame can be attributed to certain fans themselves, who flip the signed autographs right off on ebay. ?Since the actors have limited time and can't be signing autographs as a full time job, they can only sign so many. ?Free autographs would cater mostly to the greedy fans looking for an ebay opportunity. ?By charging, the secondary market is somewhat diminshed.

Although that is a good point, I still don't think that's a good excuse for a $50 autograph.  $25 is kind of high, but understandable.

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Report this Jun. 23 2006, 7:37 pm

It is my belief that the autographs are so expensive because it helps keep down the number of fans that would mob the actors for their autographs.  By charging for autographs the number of people is reduced because they dont want to pay for a signature.  If autographs were free then the actors would by signing crap for the entire convention.  Charging people helps to keep things organized.  I also think that the actors get a portion of the cost and so do the people who are hosting the convention to help cover costs.  In my opinion it is very LOGICAL to charge fans for autographs although I do think they they are a bit pricy.

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Report this Jun. 25 2006, 3:50 pm

Quote (trekker670 @ June 20 2006, 12:18 am)
I have never gone to a Creation Con, but considered going to the Chicago one, but $300 plus Autographs is WAY to much, so Im going to STTE instead, in July, before the Con.

First of all, I want to say that I agree that autographs are a little pricey sometimes for the big name actors, but some of them are pretty reasonable.

Also, for the person who I quoted above, you wouldn't be paying $300 plus autographs.  If you had gotten the gold package ($399), that would have included autographs from pretty much every one of the stars.  When you figure in the pricing of the autographs, you're not even paying for your seat, and even getting the autographs at a reduced price.  For example, the gold weekend package includes autographs from Shatner, Nimoy, Picardo, de Lancie, Trinneer, and Phillips.  All by themselves, that adds up to $205.  Once you add in the rest of the benefits (Champagne Party - usually around $50, Sat night party - usually around $35, Picardo/Phillips show $35, and special gift signed by Shatner and Nimoy - at least $100 min.), which is about $220 more, you are getting some things free at that point.  Gold tickets are well worth the expense if you figure in all the costs of buying everything separately and just getting general seating.

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