Post # 1
Hey ladies –
Now that the wedding is over I’ve been thinking of what to do with my dress. I don’t really have a large attachment to it like I expected, so I think selling it may be a good option.
It’s a Maggie Sottero and I purchased it for $1,700. It had minimal alterations (just a hem and 3 point bustle). What would you say is a resonable price to ask for? Where are good places to list it?
Post # 3
As much as it stinks to hear it, I think you will have the best chance pricing it at >50% off. From a buyer’s perspective, if we are both wearing the dress, and you get to wear it new, and I’m wearing it used, I would want to pay less than you do for it.
There are several websites that specialize in helping brides sell their dreses (just google ‘used wedding dresses’), so you could look there. You could also try eBay. You can get an idea for what others are selling their gowns for by searching on these sites —- but beware, SO many people price them too high! I’ve seen people price them only a few hundred dollars less than what they bought it for. I’m like….why should I have to pay $1500 for an $1800 dress, and you only have to pay $300, when you are the one who gets to wear it new? 🙂
Post # 4
@kmb727: agreed. i’ve been looking for a tea length dress for months and they are like $100 less than new ones! wtf!
i’m selling my 2k dress for 1k after my wedidng..that seems fair.
Post # 5
@kmb727: Thanks! I was kind of thinking it would be in the 40-60% range. I was thinking of pricing it at $1,000 (knowing well that it would be negotiated down), but that may be high balling it too much
Post # 6
@IowaDDS13: Honestly I would say about $600 would be your best bet. If I were looking for a dress that retailed for $1,700, I would be expecting to see $800 price tags and get the seller down to $600. It’s worn, you did have alterations (even though they were minor, the fabric was still messed with and it is likely an alteration that the buyer will have to get removed and re-done to their liking). Something that also may work against you is that I’m guessing it’s a current model that can still be purchased in salons? Because of that, people can still purchase samples for 50% off which aren’t altered and are minimally worn.
Post # 7
@PacificMrs: Thanks for your input! Actually Maggie discontinued it. 2012 was the last production year for that dress. I don’t know if that makes a difference for the positive or negative.
Also, would you expect cleaning to be included in that price? I haven’t yet gotten my dress cleaned – although surprisingly it’s not really dirty.
Post # 8
I’d only be interested in buying a used dress if it was about 50% off. And I would expect it to be cleaned already.
Post # 9
@IowaDDS13: That kind of makes a difference, but not much. I’d still say I would want to pay around $600. At that price, I wouldn’t expect it to be cleaned. Around $800? Yeah, I’d expect it clean. Looking at this from the buyer’s POV and as someone who looked for a long time at used dresses. 🙂
Post # 10
Definitely 50% off (or more), and cleaned.
But check online, and look at the comparables. If there are Maggie dresses in the same style (I mean if your dress is the Ivana and there are 5 other Ivanas posted), price $100 below the cheapest one.
Post # 11
I agree I think about 50% off is what most brides are looking to spend on a used dress.
Post # 12
I would point out that having a bustle already put in will save them money on alterations!
Post # 13
preownedweddingdresses.com has a value calculator with the information you gave it is worth about $510.00 one half to one third is average price for a used gown. Its still better than letting it sit in the closet.
Post # 14
@BrandNewBride: So I did a quick search on 4 different sites and cannot find the same dress for sale anywhere – I was hoping to get a good starting point!
Thanks so much ladies for all your helpful advice so far!
Post # 15
Half off is the most I would consider.