(Closed) help please! Should I buy a knock off from a bridal shop??

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Would you...
    don't be silly... buy the dress! : (19 votes)
    48 %
    sounds fishy.. don't buy the dress! : (17 votes)
    43 %
    Try to find something similar elsewhere, at a more customer friendly shop : (4 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    883 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    If you love and haven’t found anything that you like as much i say go for it. It is better than ordering online and at least they were up front about the dress. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    1920 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    If you’re ok with knock-off then I say go for it. At least you already know what it looks like and the quality. I have never heard of knock offs at a store before either, something to watch for I guess.

    Post # 5
    Member
    222 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I read a book (Bridal Bargains by Denise & Alan Fields) where it explains how this is a very common thing at bridal shops.  A lot of shops will actually tear off any labels from their dresses because they don’t want the brides to know that they are selling knock-offs.  Some of these knock-offs come from the same places where you would buy a dress online – China.  These knock-offs might not be of the best quality or even worth the price they are asking for.  It sounds like you can get the dress you want for close to half off what the original designer dress retails for, but I think you should do some research on where their dresses come from and what types of fabric it’s made off so that you know for sure if you’re getting a good deal.  For all you know, they might be trying to sell you a dress that’s worth only a few hundred dollars for $1895.  I’d recommend you guy this book (or even read it at the bookstore or library) because it has way more information than I can explain in a reply here.  Good luck!

    Post # 6
    Member
    301 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I for sure would if you love it!! I mean you couldn’t tell that it was a knock off so no one else will either. I wouldn’t buy it if they had not told you and than you later found out but since they were upfront about it on the phone I would have no problem with buying it. It is probably just not the exact same type of fabric as the real designer or something… I say buy if it retails for 4600 on the real designer, although 1800 still seems like a lot but if it doesn’t to you and you can afford it very easily in your budget than go for it!!!

    Post # 7
    Member
    1986 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Well, Davids Bridal is essentially all knockoffs. They take the design from a designer, and recreate it with lesser quality fabrics. So if you like the dress, go for it!

    Post # 7
    Member
    301 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    What beebeebuzzbuzz said is very true and now I am not so sure you should buy it as I had just posted right before that you should. I completely forgot about what that book says, (I have it too and LOVE it.) Now it is all coming back to me about the book and I would have to agree to do more research as she said. They truly could be scamming you for a dress that isn’t worth that much even if you do love it!  

    Post # 8
    Member
    2204 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I would be wary of the quality of the materials. Before you commit, do your research and maybe go to a different to try on dresses and compare.

    I think it’s kinda odd that a store that openly says it sells “knock-offs” would be very strict about taking pictures. Many stores don’t want you to take pictures for the very reason of discouraging knock-offs being made. Or maybe they don’t want you to have a picture of their dress to compare to the real thing?

    This is just me, but when I bought my dress, it was important to me to do business with a reputable store that was professional and honest. Most stores will promise the world when selling you the dress, but when there are ordering issues or alterations, that’s when the bad side comes out.

    Post # 9
    Member
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    Definitely shady practice from that dress shop. Fraud is not accepted or tolerated anywhere else so why do people think it’s ok for bridal salons to do so? Any other business would be shut down  and the owner tried in court and fined if that happened. Find a much more ethical store asap or else have the dress you love recreated by a seamstress for a fraction of the price and without the lack of morals.

    Post # 11
    Member
    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I second beebeebuzzbuzzIf you really love that specific dress, consider going for it, but that seems like a lot for a knock off.

    Post # 12
    Member
    1498 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    what style dress is it?

    Post # 13
    Member
    31 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Don’t even go back to that bridal store again!This is considered fraud, did you look up to see if they were an authorized seller of eve of milady? Oh btw where is this store located at?It’ll be a good idea to list it just to warn the other brides .

    Post # 15
    Member
    293 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    Depends on how much they are charging.. I have no problem with a knockoff as long as its  dirt cheap..

     

    NO they are charging WAAAAAy too much for a knockoff…Go to ebay and get IT for less then $200

    The topic ‘help please! Should I buy a knock off from a bridal shop??’ is closed to new replies.

    Find Amazing Vendors