(Closed) Asking for Discounts on Dress

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

First are they for the floor samples of the dresses or for ordering the dresses?  If they are floor samples then there may be some damage to the other dress that is the reason for the reduced price.

Second, have you already bought the first dress?  If you have, then no.

But, all things being equal, and if you have not bought the dress, then yes, I think you should.  They may not be accustomed to it, and honestly, they may not like it or respond well, but you are being a good steward of your funds.  There is nothing wrong with politely speaking with the manager or head sales person and casually asking “I noticed that ___ was offering this dress for X and I was wondering if you could match or beat that price.”  However, if they match it, they will be expecting you to get it from them probably that instance… it’s unlikely they will hold that price for additional comparison shopping.

Post # 5
16216 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@LittleCricket:  I agree with pretty much everything you said!

If they want to keep your business, they will try to match the price. And if not, you still have that lower-cost option to turn to!

Post # 6
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

That’s exactly what I did – My dress was on sale, but I went home and emailed every bridal shop that could be considered local.  Within a few days, I had a stack of quotes for the dress, including one that was about another $100 cheaper.

The next weekend, I brough that email back to the original shop (which was 5 minutes from my house!) and they not only matched it, but gave me an extra 10% off!  The did tell me that they needed to see the email though as proof.

Doesn’t hurt to try!

Post # 7
2287 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

It doesn’t hurt to ask. They may appreciate making a sale even if they make a little bit less.

Post # 8
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Then, yeah.  Go for it.  Be nice and smiles and just ask with genuine curiousity if they would be willing to match the price of the other store.  You never know if you don’t ask, but I don’t know if they will go lower than the price.  It’s a double edged sword.  If you tell them the lower price they know they just need to match that, but if you don’t they may only go down $25 or something.  They’re operating costs and rent my be higher, but still, ask.

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