How much did you save buying a sample dress?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I saved 70%, but I think that’s unusual. I got a great deal!

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I hate math so I’m not going to try to figure it out but it was over 50%. But I still paid thousands so it might be different for something in a lower price point.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Mine was about 40% I think depending on how long they have had it though and if there is any additional damage other than the normal wear and tare they will sometimes mark it down more.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

From Pronovias I got a quote from 2000euros down to 700euros.  May I also say that it was a sample because it was discontinued therefore if I wanted that dress, it had to be a sample. I dont know if that makes a difference. So it was a price to basically get completely rid of the stock (which was only 1 year old but that is how Pronovias works I think).

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I got over 60% off by buying a sample dress. Other than having to have standard alterations to be taken in, there were no issues with the dress besides having to just be cleaned, which the store was able to do for a small fee.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My sample dress was 50% off and they just got it in that week so it was in great condition. I think at least 40% off would be enough to do it, UNLESS the sample is drastically too big or small (like 5 sizes either way) alterations could really impact the overall shape of the dress. My sample was a size 8, they took in to a size 2, but I wouldn’t go any bigger of a change. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

Diamond84:  

I work in a bridal boutique maybe I can help elaborate. Ok so most girls who get a large discount odds are it was a sample sale and the dress they bought was from an old season for example we are selling discontinued sample dresses for 50-75% off right now. If it is a relatively new dress and still re-orderable normally most stores will either not sell it off the floor or give a minimal stock discount. Its not about ripping anyone off because if the store sells you a good new dress they have to buy a new one for the floor. We do this and if it is a new current sample we do 15-20% off. Hope that helps and obviously every store is different.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Diamond84:  I saved 40%.  It was awesome. I took the sample because they could no longer order it in ivory.  I don’t know what kind of discount I would have gotten if I had just asked to take the sample.

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Diamond84:  I paid $25 for my clearance sample gown! Sample all the way! 

I say you should ask for 40-60% off.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I believe mine was 50% off, they may have been running a special at the time though.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - country club in Michigan

I tried on a $3300 sample dress marked down to $2300. It was in PERFECT condition, and my size. They offered to take an additional $300 off, which would have been a 40% off discount total. For a dress in perfect condition (no tears, marks, stains inside or out), it was a great deal. I didn’t buy it, but it was really tempting.

 

Consignment is a another great option, especially for designer dresses. I tried on a $4400 vera wang dress that was going for $1,800, and had been worn by 1 bride. A few small tears that were easy to fix (hence the steep discount), but it just wasn’t my style. 

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Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I got my VW sample for around 60% off. It is a few years old and needed minor repairs but I’ve never regretted buyinh the sample.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Mine was a brand new sample on the floor from Vera Wang.. the associate did me a solid and bgged head office to sell it to me.. I got 10% off.. but on the cost of my dress it ended up being a good amount of moula!

Post # 15
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Busy bee

Diamond84:  I saved 40% on my reception dress (which had only been tried on a like 3 times so it was in pristine condition) but then I ended up spending a ton of money to alter it down, so I probably only really saved about 10%. If your SIL is close to the sample size, I’d say it’s worth it. 

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