(Closed) Advice on buying a used gown offline

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Never ever ever send a money order to someone.  That is how most people are scammed!

Post # 5
Member
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Don’t do it. If she insists on a money order, say that you will only do so for the full sale price and in person upon receipt of the dress. A legit seller should have no problem with that, though you’d have to agree to meet somewhere in the middle. I don’t know how far away she is, so that could be a problem, but if she doesn’t trust online sites like paypal, she’ll have to suck it up.

Also, consider that sending a money order is basically the same as sending cash — you cannot retract it and you have no one to file a claim with should you not receive the dress.

Post # 7
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I really would give up on that dress.  The seller seems fishy to me.

Post # 8
Member
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Agree with MissAsB, it sounds like one excuse after the other to force your hand and make it seem like you have to agree to her terms or you don’t get the dress.

Post # 10
Member
3614 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would never use any other method than escrow.com for buying a dress. Paypal is also recommended by others, but I think escrow.com just has better protection for both buyer and seller if something goes wrong, and the rules are very clear. Only caveat is the 3.25% commission they charge but it’s worth it to me for peace of mind.

Post # 11
Member
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

This is totally a scam!  Always be wary with the ‘overseas’ excuse… and there’s no reason to not trust paypal.  I bet once you put in your first deposit, you’ll never hear from her again.

Post # 12
Member
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Totally agree, don’t do it!

 

Post # 13
Member
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Don’t do it her way. Used online dress places (like Oncewed, preownedweddingdresses) suggest using Escrow.com. It’s all logged transactions. You wire the money to Escrow.com, with a fee. She recieves notification and then she sends the dress. Once you recieve the dress, then you let Escrow.com know, and they release the funds to her.

It’s also used for other transactions like people who buy cars on Ebay and stuff, so it’s reputable and it works! This is the safest way.

Post # 14
Member
354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Laurel Rock Farms, PA

NO WAY!!!!!  SCAM ALL THE WAY! 

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