(Closed) How much should a 2 years old sample dress cost?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My dress is a 2yr old sample dress.  It was originally listed for close to $1200 but I got it for under $600. The original cost was around $3500-$4k. 

I would pay for $400 to $500. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I recently bought a San Patrick (same company as Pronovias) dress that is 2 years old, it was a sample, originally listed at $1800.00 and I paid $700.00 CDN.  Hope that helps!

PS – my dress quality is AMAZING, it feels so wonderful to wear….buy it!

Post # 5
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655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it depends how old the physical dress is. Have they been using that same sample straight for 2 years? Or have they periodically sold the sample and replaced it with a new one? Just because the style is two years old doesn’t mean that they aren’t still manufactured.

My dress is also a Pronovias from 2009 and we had a bit of a panic because it was discontinued the same week we ordered it, so the shop owner told me that if they could not order the dress I could have the sample because it was a relatively new dress as they do sell off and replace their samples.

So if it is pretty new, I don’t know how much you can ask for off, because the shop probably still pays the same as they did a couple years ago for the dress. So IMO $700 sounds fair for the dress, unless it is the only sample that girls have tried on for 2 years (which would put it in pretty bad shape) in which case you could probably get it for less.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was just wondering the same thing! I am going to try on a discontinued Pronovias sample from te Spring 2010 collection next Wednesday! It was originally $1700, but I’d rather not pay more than $700 if I decide to go for it. This thread makes me think I could negotiate that or less since really that is 2 years old now as the 2012 is already available for preview and purchase on Bestbridalprices.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I really wouldn’t look at the age. I would judge solely on the dress itself.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

I think it depends on the condition and quality. They can charge whatever they want for it, but maybe you can negotiate a deal. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

yeah it depends on the condition of the dress.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If it’s in perfect shape, from a shop, and a style that is still sold, you might only get 25-30% off.  Discontinued w/ repairable/minor wear 50% off.  Worked over, ask for a bigger discount depending on how bad it is.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Amaryllis:  2011 wasn’t even available for general purchase just 5 months ago.  2010 is still 1 year ago practically speaking.  More power to you, if you can get $700, but I’d hold back on that if I was the store owner b/c they loose money at that point unless you pay for other goods and services at their shop to go along w/ it.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Melini: I guess the more important factor to me than its age is that it has been discontinued so they really can get no further revenue from that dress beyond the value of the sample itself.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Amaryllis:  I sincerely hope you score it for that price.  I just never saw a sample for sale in a shop (during “normal business”…not a sample clearance event) that wasn’t discontinued.  (They let the active samples go sometimes if you ask, but I never saw them marked for sale.)  I also never saw one that was going for less than 1/2 off unless it was beat to hell.  They would loose too much money if they didn’t sell most of their samples for at least cost (50% retail plus overhead is typical).  YMMV…I hope it does.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I got my sample of a discontinued dress at half off. I think you have more wiggle room to negotiate if the dress is a bit worn or if it’s time for a new line to come in and the store needs more space. 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Melini: You just have to ask! I have been to two shops (three if you count this one I am yet to go to) and after explaining the time constraint that would prevent me from ordering a dress, they all offered any sample I tried on for purchase off the rack. One was willing to drop a $1200 Blue by Enzoani to $700, and that dress was not discontinued. So that’s my frame of reference for going into this. I figure even though the Pronovias had a higher original price, the fact that it has been discontinued should mitigate that. And if they won’t go that low, at least I have a bargaining chip to get it closer to that. I figure it can’t hurt to ask, and in the end, if not that dress, I’m sure I’ll find a great gown at a great price. There’s always that Enzoani… 🙂

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