Why Buy From Us?
Three simple reasons: 1) We are passionate about photographs, 2) we have assembled the largest collection of original press photos available on eBay, and 3) we are fiercely committed to total customer satisfaction. Every team member here at Historic Images Inc is committed to taking care of our customers. Our leadership team is constantly seeking out unique archives and photo collections to ensure you have access to unique items across a wide area of subjects and from different parts of the country. Once we take possession of the photos, we take great care of them throughout their lifecycle of prepping, scanning, captioning, and storing. When you purchase from us, we "sandwich" your photo between two pieces of cross-corrugated cardboard, enclose it in plastic, and send it your way. We only sell original press photos on eBay, so bid now before its gone!
We appreciate you taking the time to learn about us, and we hope to earn your business and complete customer satisfaction.!
In the beginning... God created man and woman. Some time later He created the photographer who quickly began to capture the world in still images. In time, those photos would need to be scanned to be a part of a world gone digital. That is where our story begins...
Our company was formed in September 2009, with a handful of scanners and people literally working out of a basement. In those early days, we scanned boxes of photos, 1000 at a time, for our first customers. Today, we occupy almost 10,000 SF of space in Memphis TN, and have 30 team members that give us the ability to fully archive tens of thousands of photos per day. Our company has worked with magazines and newspapers from Detroit, Boston, Denver, Seattle, Tampa, Chicago, Charlotte, and Toronto, just to name a few.
We are constantly adding to our inventory, and have assembled an archive of literally millions of photos to date. As our company evolved, we began our eBay business, which brings 15,000 (or more) auctions per week to the world's largest online auction marketplace. Our custom software systems and team of great employees allow us to efficiently scan and sell large photo archives online. At the very core of our company's DNA is a strong commitment to customer satisfaction and strict integrity for our product. Our promise to you is that we will do everything in our power to provide you a great buying experience.
Payment & Checkout
We prefer PayPal. Contact us for additional options. You may contact us through eBay messaging or:
Historic Images Inc.
6073 Mt. Moriah Ext.
Memphis, TN 38115
Local pickup is available at the above address between 10 a.m. And 4 p.m. for customers in the Memphis, TN area.
Tennessee residents will be charged 9.25% sales tax on each order.
We ship orders Monday through Friday. We do not ship on weekends or holidays. Our standard processing time is one business day from time of payment.
USPS First Class $2.99
USPS Priority $5.99
Expedited UPS $15.00
We charge $2.99 flat shipping via First Class US Postal Service for all US and Canadian orders purchased through this ebay ID.
So, shipping 1 photo is $2.99, shipping 10 photos is $2.99, shipping 100 photos is $2.99.
USPS Priority is available for $5.99, and expedited UPS is available for $15.00. Shipping is charged per order, and may not be combined with our other seller IDs (per eBay's policy). We encourage customers interested in multiple auctions to bid and check out after all of your photos are won so that multiple items will be in the same order and subject to one shipping charge. Our systems automatically open unpaid item cases at 21 days, so please "close your tab" within 3 weeks of your first purchase.
Please ensure your shipping address is accurate in eBay and PayPal.
USPS First Class $4.99
USPS Priority $14.50
We charge $4.99 flat shipping via US Postal Service First Class for all international orders (excluding Canada), any size. Shipments to Canada are $2.99. USPS Priority is available for $14.50
Customs charges, import taxes, duties, etc. are the sole responsibility of the buyer. You may contact your local Customs office to help you determine what these fees may be. We will not mark our shipments as gifts.
Shipping is charged per order, and may not be combined with our other seller IDs (per eBay's policy). We encourage customers interested in multiple auctions to bid and check out after you've won all of your photos so that multiple items will be in the same order and subject to one shipping charge. Our systems automatically open unpaid item cases at 21 days, so please "close your tab" within 3 weeks of your first purchase.
Please ensure your shipping address is accurate in eBay and PayPal.
Q: Do you combine shipping and invoices?
A: Multiple photos won on the same seller ID combine automatically through the eBay checkout process. If you encounter problems with this, send us a message via eBay messaging and we will send you an invoice. Per eBay policy, we cannot combine items won on our different seller IDs (e.g. if you win one photo on historicimages05 and one photo on historicimages01, we cannot combine them for a single shipping charge).
Q: How quickly do you ship the items once paid?
A: We typically ship within one business day after your payment clears. If you do not receive an "order shipped" email from us by the close of the second business day from submitting payment, please e-mail us via eBay messaging.
Q: Why do some photos have a "HAVIdigital" or "Historic Images" watermark on them?
A: This is a digital watermark we use to protect our images. It is NOT printed on photo.
Q: What are your office hours?
A: eBay for us is a business, and a very fun one to be in! We are open M-F 9 to 5 (CST). Therefore, we do not return e-mails and phone calls over the weekend. We observe the following holidays: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Q: Where did these originate?
A: These photographs are from various newspaper archives, from locations around the country including Boston, Detroit, Tampa, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, and more.
Q: Do you re-list items (in case I miss an auction ending)?
A: As a general rule, items that receive no bids are moved to our store as a fixed-price listing and at a higher price than the starting auction price.
Q: Do you leave feedback?
A: Yes--we always leave feedback for buyers. Our software monitors when our buyers leave us feedback, then notifies us that we can leave feedback for the buyer. Rest assured, if you leave feedback, we will do the same!
Q: Can the photos be cleaned?
A: Yes. Grease pencil markings can be wiped off with a dry paper towel (most of which we have already removed). Permanent marker and "painted areas" can be removed with a baby wipe, Clorox wipe, or denatured alcohol, but we advise you to use extreme caution when doing so. Photo cleaning may be done, but it is at your own risk, and photos which are cleaned by a customer may not be returned.
Q: Do we make mistakes?
A: We get this question quite a bit, and the answer is a resounding YES!!! :-) Between all of our eBay stores, we ship out hundreds of packages a day, and occasionally we do indeed goof. We guarantee that nobody in the eBay world tries harder to make things right! If you haven't received your shipment in the timeframe you expected, or if you get the wrong item, please let us know immediately. We ship packages within 2 business days of receipt of payment and we always send an "Item Shipped" e-mail. If you've paid via PayPal and a couple of days go by without receiving an "Item Shipped" e-mail, please let us know. If we send you the wrong item, we will send your correct item along with a pre-paid envelope to return the wrong item. We strive very hard to provide the best customer service, so please just let us know if there is a problem with your order.
Historic Images Inc. Is located in Memphis, TN. Our company was founded in 2009 to partner with media companies in order to help them digitize their archives. We have a leadership team of veterans from the technology, logistics, and engineering fields. Our team of 30 employees works diligently every day to bring you the largest archive of unique, original photographs available online. Our business hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.