Can you realistically sell a wedding dress?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I think there are LOTS of bees who have done this.

I personally have not, but I’ve heard of TONS of people doing it – especially selling a never-worn dress because it wasn’t “the one”

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Yep. I sold my first dress regret dress on kijiji in about a month. It was brand new, never worn obviously and I listed it for 70% of original price. 

Post # 5
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237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I sold my worn dress. I had a lot of trouble on the regular sites and craigslist with people trying to scam me.  It was quite frustrating. In the end,  I listed it on eBay and sold it there. The only obstacle there was brides who were afraid of buying online and being scammed.  I just provided lots of pictures, a good description, full disclosure of any issues with the dress, and assurance that I would take a return if the dress didn’t work out for them. 

Post # 6
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1500 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@sunflower22:  I didn’t sell a used dress, but I bought one! Here are some things that will get your dress sold faster:

– Do NOT alter it, people like to buy dresses with no alterations

– Show real photos of the dress – do not use the model photos on the website. Make sure to photographer the designer label

– Explain where you got the dress and why you don’t want the dress. As long as the story sounds genuine, it makes you sound like a more genuine seller

– Keep it clean

– Set a good market price. Google for other dresses of the same style or designer and see at what % discount they’re selling for and try to match them. i think 1/3 of retail is a very reasonable price

 

Good luck!

Post # 7
Hostess
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think it’s possible but I wouldn’t rely on it. Only purchase a dress if you’re prepared to take the financial hit. 

Post # 8
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1017 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@sunflower22:  I’m speaking from experience. I bought a dress out of peer pressure and just wanting to just get a dress and ended up hating it 3 months before my wedding day. The first dress was slightly altered at the bodice which made it harder to sell to another buyer but I did sell it on preownedweddingdresses.com. You just have to be VERY VERY careful with the people who contact you. I’ve have a few doozies I had to deal with. I ended up buying another dress that till this day I fall in love with all over again and it was the style dress I wanted from the begining but was swayed away. Good luck with whatever you end up doing!!! <3

Post # 9
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1017 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@sunflower22:  Also, preownedweddingdresses.com helps you create the best price for the dress. Just look at their guidlines and FAQ page!

Post # 10
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3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I’m having a hard time selling my dress.  I’ve already run into one scammer.  For anyone using PayPal as the method of payment, apparently you can see the money get deposited into your account and the buyer can then somehow reverse the charge and take their money back very easily.  Don’t give out your personal information or allow a buyer to send someone to pick up the dress from your house.  If they’re picking it up in person, they can pay you in person too.

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