Preowned wedding dresses, no returns?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

MrsB2015:  Buying from Preownedweddingdresses is like buying on eBay… it’s seller to seller and most non-bulk sellers won’t take returns. Escrow will only protect you if the dress is a total fraud, not delivered, etc.

I’m not sure exactly what you’re concerned about? Is it fit? That you just won’t like it? This is a risk I think you’ll have to take if everything seems legit and you REALLY want that dress. If it’s not one you’re willing to take, buy a dress from a dress shop (not that most of them will take returns either).

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

You are correct in that buying pre-owned means no returns most of the time. Make sure you are 100% sure about the dress before buying. If it is a current style, visiting a shop that carries a sample and trying it on can be a huge help. Or at least a similar dress from the same designer to gauge size and fit if you cannot find the exact style.

If you live close to the seller, sometimes you can arrange to meet to try it on before buying it, also. Not sure if that is an option for you or not, but something to think about if it is.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

Are you worried about the fit of the dress?  I would suggest trying on the dress in a local salon before buying the used dress…if it’s an older dress that is nolonger being produced, try on some similar styles of the same designer and have your measurements taken to be sure the dress will fit.  

I bought two dresses pre-owned.  One came from Canada and she offered a return if I didn’t like the dress (this is rare though), I knew the dress would fit b/c it was a size too big, but could easily be altered to fit.  The second dress I drove 4 hours to try on before buying….

If you use paypal you will be protected if the dress does not arrive, or if the dress is a fake.  Make sure the seller puts the tracking number on your invoice before you pay her through paypal.  She can get a tracking number before sending the dress.  Paypal needs that information to confirm the dress did or did not make it to you!  I would also suggest getting insurance on the package and a signature required for delivery.

Good Luck!!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It’s the same as buying on eBay – there are buyers who will offer a return, but that’s rare. You have to understand these are private sellers who (in most cases) don’t make a living off selling preowned gowns. I think you need to be very sure of the fit and style before buying a gown sight unseen. That goes for preowned and otherwise. As another bee said, if you purchase from a bricks and mortar store, you’re also unlikely to be able to return it if you change your mind.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t think even most stores will allow returns. If it doesn’t fit or something isn’t right just re sell it.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

MrsB2015:  I don’t understand the problem.  Even when you order a dress brand new at the salon, there’s no returns.  If the sample size is 0 and you have to order a 10, but then it’s too big/too small/doesn’t fit in correct proportions – too bad, so sad.  It’s the same thing with used.  But at least you’re getting a huge discount!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

MrsB2015:  I would ask her if there are any rips, tears, stains on the dress and ask to see them during your skype session.  There are so many layers in dresses that it’s possible something on the iside is torn that she didn’t even know about.  Or missing beading!  My first dress was ripped pretty bad in the inside and the zipper was stuck to the outside skirt.  I’m guessing it happened when dry cleaning b/c the seller said it there were no tears, I’m hoping she was honest and just didn’t realize these things!  

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

Oh and ask to see the bottom of the dress and the inside bottom of the train, those drag the ground the whole evening and get pretty messy, there will likely be dirt that didn’t come clean, but you don’t want to be surprised by this when you receive the gown.

Good Luck!!

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