(Closed) Have you sold or bought a used dress online?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I purchased a sample online and the lady pretty much threw it in a box, the dress was in a plastic zipper bag.  You can go online, they have shipping calculators to help you determine the shipping costs.  Oversees is generally pretty expensive, but if shipped slowly it costs much less.  We used paypal for the payment.

Post # 5
1020 posts
Bumble bee

have you tried stopping by a UPS location or a Staples which has in-store UPS processing center and ask them to weight your package and give you an estimate?

Post # 6
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

The best way to figure shipping is to plug in the address of the person you are shipping to on each shipping site; ie., USPS, FedEx, or UPS. It will depend on the size of the box you are shipping and the weight of the dress. Box up the dress and measure and weigh the box after you have put everything in it. I ship a lot of items and it just depends on the location of the person receiving the item as to how much it will cost. If the dress will fit in a flat rate priority box, that will probably be your least expensive option. If the dress is extremely heavy or the box is big, then UPS or FedEx will probably be your best bet, but you really need to plug in the address, box size, and weight of the box to get the best price. It is also less expensive to purchase your shipping online. You can get free priority boxes from the post office. Make sure you purchase the insurance and get a signed for delivery option; just to cover yourself.

I do not recommend taking your package to a shipping place because they will charge you exhorbitant fees above what it actually costs to ship your package. If you can, print out your postage online and then drop your package off at wherever your chosen shipper ships out of.

I always use PayPal when selling because it covers both the seller and the buyer.

Post # 7
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I sold a dress on PW and shipped it UPS.  I plan on listing my Maggie replica for sale very soon, and it’s VERY heavy…have no idea where to begin with this dress! 

Post # 9
1011 posts
Bumble bee

I bought a dress on preowned.  It was shipped to me in a flat rate box, packaged in a dry cleaner’s bag.  (It was a simple J Crew).  I ended up not wearing it (b/c I didn’t want a strapless), so I sold it before my wedding.  When I sold it, I included priority mail shipping in the cost.  We did the transaction (for both) via paypal.  I managed to ship it for about $13.

That being said, I had my favors shipped from Hong Kong.  They billed my fed ex account (I set one up just to pay for my favors) and was able to get a 10% discount through the Texas Bar Association.  They shipped 3 boxes–2 were the size of book boxes but not nearly as heavy.  Shipping (2nd day air) and taxes were about $350.

Post # 10
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I bought a used dress. We used PayPal (I felt more secure that way, as I know it, and we avoided fees) and the dress was shipped UPS. It was about $50 in a big box from Santa Fe to Chicago. 

The dress came in great shape, it was in the original garment bag and a dry cleaner’s plastic. 

Hope that helps a little!

Post # 11
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I had a lace and organza Vera Wang dress ship for $30, but that was continental US. It was in the dress bag and that was stuffed into a box. It’s going to get wrinkled no matter what, so you may as well try to save postage and go with the smallest box it’ll comfortable fit in. I have purchased two separate items used and one shipper used USPS with delivery confirmation and the other used UPS and had me sign for it. It’s up to you, really. I have a dress listed for sale, and I’ve had multiple inquiries but no one has followed through. Since I am eating the shipping cost, I am not going to sell to anyone outside the US (or maybe Canada), or if I do, I’d have them pay shipping.

Post # 12
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@meliss: I bought a used dress (on Weddingbee) and we used Paypal to pay, including shipping (I asked that she get several quotes first and the best was USPS). She sent it in a pretty large box (it was a big dress) and it was in the original zipper bag, plus she put that in a very large, see thru, very thick bag and tied it about three times so no water could get in, and then rolled it in one sheet of bubble wrap. I really appreciated her effort. 🙂

Post # 13
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@noritake22 – “I always use PayPal when selling because it covers both the seller and the buyer.”

I may be buying a dress on Sun. and I was looking into Paypal and from what I understood the Buyer is only protected through Paypal for transactions only done on Ebay.  It’s called “Buyer Protection”  However, any transactions other than Ebay the only thing I could do if I get screwed is make a claim and if I have the documentation to back it up they can try to take the money from their Paypal account.  Obviously though if they have no money in it, they can’t take anything.

Do you know if this is right…??  TIA!

Post # 14
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@Gizmo19: yep this is right.  I wouldn’t go through Paypal with a transaction for hundreds of dollars and no way of seeing feedback from other transactions.  Unless you were going through eBay.


I’m buying my dress through preownedweddingdresses.com and we’re using the escrow service.  It costs $25 but it seems much safer.  it does take a lot longer though.  we had to send a check and it will take 10 days for it to clear!



Post # 15
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

@Gizmo19: Unless they have changed their rules, sales other than ebay should be covered on for the buyer. I have had to dispute a purchase that wasn’t made on ebay as a buyer and it was decided in my favor. It may be because I have their debit card though. I am not sure, but it worked out for me.

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