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  • Post # 3
    256 posts
    Helper bee

    My daughter bought one from a private party for $100.00 and it was exactly as portrayed in the ad. 

    I guess we were willing to bet $100.  I don’t know how much I would be willing to throw away though.


    Post # 4
    1301 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    ME ME ME ME ME! I would do it again in a heartbeat! I purchased my dress for $500 and it retails for about $1650. It was a sample. 

    1. Make sure there are photos of the ACTUAL DRESS you will be purchasing.

    2. Inquire about any imperfections (i.e. dirt, rips, popped buttons/seams, etc)

    3. Ask the seller as many questions as you feel necessary.


    Post # 5
    10834 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @ss1gina: In hindsight I would, there are some great buys to be had. @miss narwhal: offers great advice and tips.

    Post # 6
    3643 posts
    Sugar bee

    I bought a Dessy flowergirl dress on Ebay. It had price/designer tags and was in a salon bag. It was advertised as new, but I have no idea if it was a sample, and tried on before. It was a prior year design – no longer available. I think the current design I looked at was $150 and I paid $55, including shipping. I had offered to pay for it, since her mother is paying for her own bridesmaid gown, so I was thrilled to get a bargain, for something she’ll only fit into for a year.  We’re ordering our other gowns from local salons. I’m not super-confident about risking higher $ amounts, on the internet.

    Post # 7
    462 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Tip: Ask for measurements of the dress

    Post # 8
    143 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I didn’t buy from Ebay, but I did buy a preowned dress – at £100 I figured it was worth a go! I specifically ordered it in a size higher than I expected to wear, and asked specific questions about dirt, wear and tear, whether it had been shortened etc. Then paid through PayPal for some protection. 

    Bottom line: it’s great, saved me £1500 and I’m wearing it for the wedding!

    Post # 9
    34 posts
    • Wedding: December 1969



    I have purchased two wedding dresses off of ebay both recently for a vow renewal next year None of which I will end up wearing.I agree make sure to ask alot of questions.One was used and the other was a sample.Surprisingly the used was in great condition and I am reselling it on ebay(Bc it was dry cleaned).Samples are tricky sometimes they have dirt and stain on hems etc..from ppl trying them on.In my case it wasn’t as in good condition as I thought but I had it cleaned and preserved ready to resell and will be reselling it on ebay soon as well.Make sure that you see pics of the actual dress and make sure it has been dry cleaned or preserved.The more info the better,but you can get a good deal.

    Post # 10
    1826 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014


    Maggie Sottero Cleo, a discontinued style. Brand new, gorgeous, clean. I won an auction and got her for ~$220 shipped. It CAN be done, especially if you are looking for older dresses, once-worn, or sample dresses.

    Post # 10
    1 posts

    You can get a great dress on ebay. Make sure its a former store sample and not a chinese knock off. Some dresses may need to be cleaned and repaired but its better then paying full price. Or if you are okay with it there are great pre-owned wedding gowns. But definatly ask alot of questions a good seller will be happy to answer all of them.

    Here are sellers I know are legit





    Hope this helps.

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