Post # 1
So I am having my dress made by an acquaintance (friend of my aunt). Her dresses are extremely unique and beautiful and she does the best quality.
Well today I was cruising ebay today and I saw someone selling their preowned dress which was one of hers. I could tell it was one of hers because they style is too hard to copy that well plus the seller wrote the town she got it in and it’s the same town my aunt’s friend lives in so it can’t really be a coincidence because the town is too small for two custom dress makers with the same style. It would be like two people named Pnina in a town of 10,000.
Here’s what’s bothering me: the seller states in her post she paid $6000 for the dress and is selling it for $3000. I know for a fact this woman does not charge more than $1500 for her custom dresses and rarely over $1000. She just doesn’t charge that much and prides herself on keeping her costs down for custom made gowns so brides can have gorgeous dresses.
It makes me so angry that this woman is selling one of her dresses for $3000 when she didn’t pay nearly that much. Not that her dresses aren’t worth every penny because they are but it just seems so wrong. She worked so hard on that dress and this woman is selling it for double what she paid. Is it just me? Am I losing it?
Post # 2
Milibee13: I don’t think it’s wrong for someone to try and sell a dress for what they want, if they own it. However, it’s shady that she’s inflated the retail price, but buyers should beware / do their homework.
If it’s too out of line in terms of cost, it won’t sell. If it sells quickly, the original creator has way underpriced her work.
Post # 3
- Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN
Milibee13: Is she selling other items with it? Are you 100% sure she didnt pay that much for that dress?
It is her dress and she can do what she wants with it. Like the PP said if it is priced too high it will not sell. If it sells your dressmaker need to up her prices.
Post # 4
bitsybee: I don’t think it’s wrong to sell the dress but it just seemed so dishonest to do that. It hasn’t sold so far but I agree her work is vastly underpriced.
Post # 5
MrsUPS: I’m 100% sure and no it’s just the dress. I just wish I could post something on ebay saying “Go here instead and get a new one for a fraction of the price.” It just frustrated me. I know it shouldn’t. I know it’s her dress and she can do whatever she wants.
Post # 6
Milibee13: Yea that’s dodgy, selling it is fine but making money out of it doesn’t sit right with me – i’d actually be concerned that other brides will see it and think the designer charges much higher prices than she actually does.
Hopefully anyone looking at that dress on ebay does their homework!
If I was you i’d probably send an anonymous message to the seller asking why its so expensive lol
Post # 7
Miss_E_xx: exactly! It could really hurt her business if people think she charges 6 grand for a dress. Her business isn’t very large or well known so people might also think she’s like a China knockoff kind of thing, at least with her Etsy shop, because her real prices are so much lower than what this lady is saying.
Post # 8
Any chance at all that the seller is in another country and the currency is different?
Post # 9
Who cares? If the designer is selling them for less then anyone who does their research will find that out and she will be stuck with the dress and need to lower her price. If they don’t do their research then it is on them.
And if someone decides to buy it at the price that it is for sale at then that is up to them. Each individual bride sets their own budget and puts their own value on the dress they want to buy. So if someone feels that the dress is worth $3000 to them and they are willing to pay for it what business is that of yours?
If you want to do your friend a favour then maybe talk to her about upping her own prices since the market seems willing to pay it.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago
That is kind of shady of the girl to do, but it could be possible that she upgraded fabrics and embelishments and did infact end up paying $6K for the dress. I’m sure your friend makes beautiful gowns at $1,500 or under, but if everything is custom and a very high end client comes in and wants the best of the best it does seem plausible that your friend would charge extra for better fabric and more work…
Post # 11
You just can’t right all the wrongs in the world. It’s way too tiring.
Post # 12
The value for the dress is whatever someone is willing to pay for it. You can’t do anything about that, sorry. If someone is going to spend $3000 on eBay without researching the original designer, more power to the seller!