Selling dress – How much would you charge for this?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I don’t have any advice….just wanted to say you look soooooo cute in the first pic!!!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t know how much you should charge, but I don’t think you can get even close to the original price. It was worn, used AND altered, three major things that bring the price down.

 

Check out www.preownedweddingdresses.com and oncewed.com for selling.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Small dresses and dresses for shorter brides generally stay on the market longer since they have a way smaller base of people who can fit into them.  You are probably going to have to price it at quite a bit less than the dresses in larger sizes and longer lengths.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@honie309:  I think you may be asking the wrong question. There really are two questions inherent to what you want to know, and they’re likely going to result in two very different answers. 

Although you are asking how much we, as brides or former brides, would charge  if we were selling the dress hoping to recoup some of the money we paid for it, what you really need to find out is how much we, as brides or former brides, would pay  for the dress in used condition. It is the answer to the second question that would be most helpful to you.

I personally would not ever want to end up paying more to wear the dress used than the seller ends up having paid to wear it new.  However, many brides attempt to sell their dresses at a price where that is the case.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@honie309:  Brielle is right, in that you have to think like a bride who is buying the dress. What would they want to pay for a used, altered dress. 

I bought my ceremony dress for 70% savings from the original price on Ebay. It was new, unworn, unaltered sample.

I also just sold my original reception dress on Ebay today for 2/3 the original price unaltered and brand new.

So there is a range. 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I believe you may have missed the point of what I was trying to say.  In saying that I, as a buyer, would never want to end up paying more to wear the dress used than the seller did to wear it new, I am referring to who ends up paying what percentage of the total cost of that particular dress.

I’ve seen gorgeous, expensive gowns listed online where, for example, the seller says she paid $8,000 for the dress new but is now selling the dress used for $6,500.  As a buyer, why would I want to end up paying $6,500 for a used dress that the seller will end up having been able to have worn brand new for just $1,500.  Do you see what I mean?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I would start at half off OBO and then if it doesn’t sell, start lowering the price. Since it’s altered, even your local Craigslist could be a good way to go because then you know the people are local and can come try it on (I personally would never buy an altered dress without trying it on to see if it’s even close to a fit a seamstress could work with)

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@honie309:  I would probably pay around $1000 for it, if it was in stellar condition. 

Also, make sure you put your measurements with the dress, so the buyer knows what size it was altered down to.

I’ve seen dresses on oncewed.com, preownedwedding.com; theknot, ebay, craigslist, tradesy.com; recycle your wedding (http://ruffledblog.com/community/recycle-your-wedding.html), bravobride.com.

Good luck!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@BookishBelle:  I was going to say half off at least. Particularly since you’re a more unusual size (we’re the same size so I feel you!) you probably will have a tougher time selling it. I’d say list it for $2,500 OBO as PP says and see what happens. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@honie309:  I had a Maggie Sottero sample dress that I sold online for about 75% off retail after 2-3 months.  It was unaltered.

Since your dress is discontinued, altered, used, and can only fit a small percentage of people, I would probably start at 75% off and go lower if needed. I doubt you’ll be able to get more unless you find that one bride that falls in love with your dress and no others.

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