Post # 1
If anyone has been through the process of buying or selling a preloved gown I would really appreciate some advice on how the whole process works. Particularly in regards to scammers and requests to try on the gown. Is it normal to have to allow people to try on the gown? And where would they do this as I don’t think I would be comfortable with strangers in my home?
My dress is by a fairly well known Aussie designer but it is custom made so not something people could try on in the shop first.
All advice welcome!
Post # 3
@Cyri: I bought my dress pre-loved.
I don’t think you will have much problems with scammers. My advice for avoiding that would be to have thorough conversations with them on the phone/email before inviting them into your home.
I went to the lady’s home to try on the dress. It was kind of weird/awkward, but it would have been weirder to do it elsewhere. I think if you know the person is quite serious about buying the dress, it would be easier to let them into your home.
Post # 4
@Cyri: I sold my gown online! Unfortunately though, I have to disagree with the above poster… I was contacted (and still am being contacted by scammers).
I bought a dress new with tags, and changed my mind on it when I realized it was 3 sizes too big. I listed it on the following websites: OnceWed, Tradesy, eBay, The Knot Classifieds, The Bee Classifieds, and PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com.
Interestingly, the only site to charge a listing fee was PreOwned, and that’s the site I sold it on! I received A TON of scam emails from Craigslist, ans sadly, some from this site too.
My advice is to be flexible on pricing, and to trust your gut. I received 70% of what I paid back on the resale, but I had to lower my price several times.
Post # 5
@blastkiss: Thanks 🙂 Do you have any tips for telling if someone is serious? What I would like to avoid is people coming to try the dress on and then deciding they don’t want it.
@FutureMrsHarris2014: Thank you, I will keep this in mind. What sort of scam emails were you sent? The cheque one?
Post # 6
@Cyri: The scams I received were all over the place! Most had very strange, foreign- sounding names. Many suggested bartering, or straight out started talking about sexual encounters. I wanted to slam my head off of the keyboard! I didn’t experience anyone coming to try on, and then not wanting the gown. Only one local person contacted me, and the rest were from across the US.