Post # 1
When I was first dress shopping, I made a spur of the moment decision & bought a sample dress. It was originally $1485 & on sale for $850 plus tax. I couldn’t stop thinking about a different dress & ended up getting it. Now I’m trying to sell the other one. I put it on eBay, craigslist, preownedweddingdress.com and even the bee classifieds. I thought Id be able to get something close to what I paid since it was already over $500 under retail and was never used, but I’ve gotten really low offers. I’ve been trying to sell it for about 4 months now and the best offer I’ve gotten is $400. For those of you who have sold your dresses, in your experience, should I just go for it? I’m having hard time letting it go for that price, but I feel like the longer I wait, the less desireable the dress will be and the price will go down anyway. I already paid a fee for the website & would have to pay eBay & paypal fees if I sell it there, so I don’t want to rack up a bunch of other fees, but I’m open to othe suggestions & would love some advice!
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
Did you post pictures? Make sure to mention no alterations were made to dress. I had really good luck when selling my dress. It was never worn, never been altered and I posted pictures of the dress both on the hanger and what the stock photo looked like so people could see what it would look like on a person. Also I’d post what the original price was and not mention that you got it on sale. That might help people think they are getting a great deal (which they are).
Other than that I say be patient maybe, sometimes its really hard to sell a dress no matter what the price is. Keep a positive outlook and I’m sure one day someone will see your dress and think “OMG that’s my dress!”
Post # 4
Did you come back to anyone with an offer?
They say: 400?
You say: 600?
They say: Sure!
Then it’s not your problem anymore!
Post # 5
@NurseMandie: I think I got all of that in there. I posted a stock photo & pictures of me in the dress when I tried it on in the store- although I don’t think it looks great on me. It was a little big and would have needed alterations. I was thinking of maybe having a taller friend put it on for me & I could take better pictures. I posted the original price but did say that I got it as a sample because the tag has both prices on it. How long did it take you to sell yours?
@BrandNewBride: I wish that was the case!! They originally tried to offer around $200!! I mean I guess you have to try, but I almost feel insulted enough to just say no on principal! But then I’m worried I’ll never sell it so I have to let a little of my eBay pride go ;-).
Post # 6
@Amayansong: WHAT! That is INSULTINGLY low! Ouch!
Post # 7
Half of the price you paid is the most I would expect. Your dress despite having tags is not new because it is a sample, people will be wary of that because samples may have had a rough life or easy life and because they cannot see it in person they have to take the sellers word for the condition.
Used dresses are hard to sell, not impossible, you need to embrace the idea that you won’t make your money back and decide what you bottom line is. Price accordingly and hope that it catches someone’s eye.
Post # 8
@BrandNewBride: I know right!?
@Jane77677: I think that’s kind of where I’m at now. I was hoping for $600, but right now I’d settle for $500 pretty easily. I think that’s why I’m having a hard time with the $400. It’s so close but just doesn’t feel like enough!!
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Amayansong: I was never able to sell mine even though it was a popular design (Maggie Sottero with pickups back in 2007) and I eventually dropped the price to $100. Ultimately, I threw it away after I got divorced and tired of dragging the dang thing around. Might want to consider dropping it to a really low price or donating to a good cause.
Post # 10
@Amayansong: See right there, you only paid 850, so don’t even think about getting more than 425. It is a sample, and therefore used. If you lower your price to half what you paid, market it as a sample with tags and unaltered you may have some luck. Don’t even think about what it sells for new, as soon as you take it out of the store it is not new and no one will pay like it is new.
Of course you are free to ask what you want, you may even get it eventually, but you will more than likely not get it or have to wait a long time.
Post # 11
not to steal your thread lol but i’m having the same issue. I’ve had mine for sale for over 2 months and the only thing I have gotten is SPAM from craigslist lol
Mine is not a sample though, it was purcahsed new by me, you can still buy it in bridal stores and the designer still has it up on their site.
I only paid $615 for it and currently i’m asking $400, but I’m willing to go down to $300-$250 just to get it to a new home (sadly) tough expensive lesson learned for sure.
I have not tried ebay though, did you get any bids ? i’m assuming you had a reserve on it…
Post # 12
@beachbride1216: That’s probably what I needed to hear. That was kind of my fear. I guess over time, its not that bad to get a little less than half.
Actually, total it was closer to $1,000. My Mom paid for it. I paid for the second one myself, but I wanted her to get something decent back. That’s the main reason I care so much.
@beautifulmama28: I haven’t gotten one response from Craigslist. I have gotten a lot off eBay, just not what I was hoping for. I did put a reserve on it. Mine is an Enzoani & also still in stores, I’m not really sure why they were selling it as a sample already! It looks new, it’s in much better shape than other samples I tried on but I’m sure that’s hard to convey through an ad. I also saw other used dresses going for we’ll over half what they were originally. I think those must be really popular dresses or something. I got a few responses on http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com once I lowered it to $500. Just no buyers yet. It also costs $25 to post your dress there. I think one thing to remember is, the lower the price, the more people will see it. People often search under a certain price point. Good luck to you! I hope you sell yours soon too!!
Post # 14
@_Adelaide_: This is it on preowned. Is it against rules for me to post it here? Im guessing its ok since I was just asking for advice and not trying to sell it through this post, but I may take it down eventually. http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/dresses/view/61930/Enzoani-Size-8.html
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2014 - South Bonson Pier & Community Centre
Pretty… But not my style. =(
Post # 16
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
Put in the style name so that it turns up when people search for that dress