(Closed) Selling my dress? -advice needed

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m totally gonna sell mine when I’m done with it.  I want my future daughter (god willing) to have the experience of going to find her own dress.  That was a great time!  I just don’t know how to go about selling it.  I’ve never done ebay but that’s what I’ll try after the wedding.

Post # 4
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1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Make it into something! If you don’t think your future children are going to want it (or maybe a relative?) and your not going to wear it….I would make it into a quilt or something. A double wedding ring pattern perhards? All white on white. That would be totally sentimental and a keepsake to pass down to your future children without having to worry about them thinking it’s dated.

 

Post # 5
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3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@vistagirl,

If you decide to sell I would start higher because (unless you do like eBay BIN) most ppl will try to negotiate. If you find it’s not selling then lower the price. But most important be patient.

@jennifer,

I plan to hit up WB and Preownedwedding dresses first just because eBay takes a chunk then PayPal takes another chunk.

I will use eBay as a last resort so as to cut out on middle man.

With PreOwnedWeddingDresses you pay a flat listing fee of $25 and I think that is good for one year.

Post # 6
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555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

This has been a bit of a vent of mine lately. I’m trying to buy a used dress right now and I will give you some honest feedback on what I’ve been seeing. First do an internet search of your dress, a lot of times I can find the dress brand new for about 800-900. Personally I have a hard time justifying buying the dress for 600-700 if I can pay for a new one, that said those couple of hundred might help someone a TON it probably depends on how quickly you want to sell the dress! When you put your advertisement out make sure you list that it’s been cleaned and how much you payed to have it cleaned. That info is NEVER on there and you have to ask. I’m also  finding it so insulting that some women are trying to get more than half of what they payed for the dress. To me it’s a used dress, you danced in it for hours and wore it for who knows how long and it probably needs to be cleaned. Why am I paying you more than half of what you payed for a brand new dress to buy a used dress, however in your case when you add the cleaning fees in it makes sense so just make sure to put that info on the ad because then it seems more reasonable. Please, please, please respond to people when they email you even if it’s to tell them you’re not interested in their offer. I must have sent out 10-15 emails in the last week with responses to 2 of them and most of those emails are simple hi is this dress still available or do you have more pictures etc. Which brings me to another point, make sure you put up clear pictures, one of the front one of the back and a close up of the front and one of the detail if there’s beading etc. Also note on your ad if you have the certificate of authenticity or take a picture of the label to prove the dress is what you say it is. Those are my tips from the view of someone trying to find a dress and having no luck! Good luck with your sale!

Post # 7
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2010

vistagirl, I have same concerns as you when I’m thinking about buying my dress.  I should sell it back since it’s such an expensive one to buy since the first place, but I love it alot that I want to keep it after the wedding.  I might be sad once it’s gone. Of course, if it won’t be for my kids.  It’ll be outdated, and my kids will want their own choice. 

So, ask yourself what you’ll do with say $1000 you will get from selling it.  You’ll buy a TV or a couch or saving toward kids’ education etc.  If you think that exchange is worth it, then sell it.  If you don’t mind having $1000 “souvenir” sitting in the closet, then keep it for your own happiness.  It might be worth it, depending on how much drama went into searching that dress. 

I can’t tell you what I’m gonna do as my wedding is not until Oct.  I’ll see what I want to do after that.  I might not exchange it for a TV as I can buy many TVs in my lifetime, but only 1 wedding dress.  And I might find $1000 in some other way later on to save for kids.  etc

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@ Cricket,

Good points about taking pictures of the tags and such. I’ll have to try hard and remember that when it comes in and not get all excited!

But I def agree about researching how much others have sold your dress for. It’s like when I list something on eBay I always check to see what comparable items have sold for.

The fact that your dress has been cleaned does add value. Although if it were me buying a used dress I think I would get it cleaned again unless you had proof like a receipt or something that you had it professionally cleaned.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@gerbera I was actually thinking I should have added that, keep the receipt because unless you have it it’s all kind of just trusting and that’s one thing this process has left me with very little of.

For example I just had a girl I was talking to on ebay who was selling her dress for $350 list it for $85 on a used dress site . . . . before the auction even ended needless to say I won’t be buying from her. She actually didn’t post the pics of the label and listed the dress designer in a deceiving way as well. It’s amazing how dishonest people are. I also find myself constantly wondering if the girls who say their dress is new are telling the truth or not.

Post # 10
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2867 posts
Sugar bee

Btw, I love that dress and it looks about my size 😉

B/C of costs and being a student, I’m buying a dress than than $200.  However, I think your dress is lovely and would make another bride so happy!  Just make sure you have it professionally cleaned.  I think it’s nice to be sentimental but if you’re looking for extra cash, now is the time to sell.  Wedding fashions change so quickly, atleast that’s what I think…

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