WARNING Read this before selling your wedding dress online!

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
Member
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@lucyduck:  Thank you for detailing those issues! I sold a dress on POWD a few months ago and experienced many shady requests. Poor grammar, not asking for dress details, using a 3rd-party shipper (not always a scam but still questionable), using alternative forms of payment.. oh boy. And oh… pressuring me to sell the dress and pay for expedited shipping (and they’ll pay me back) because their wedding is in two days!

I also recommend any bride to use Escrow.com, and not PayPal because Escrow.com is way better at transaction security. True, it’s a little pricier to use if you are the buyer (additional fees to process your payment) but that is because they make sure you actually have funds available and you cannot pull a credit card chargeback. I liked my experience with them. They had many layers of protection/failsafes that they put in place so you don’t get scammed (as a seller) and that you as a buyer are completely happy with your dress, they will not release the funds to the seller until the buyer approves the dress.

 

 

 

Post # 5
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42522 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It should be common sense that if you are the one selling something, you should not be the one advancing any money to anyone.

Unfortunately, common sense sometimes isn’t all that common.

That’s how these scammers make their money.

If they scam 1 in 10 people they contact by email, it’s still pretty easy money.

 

Post # 7
Member
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have started to demand that the “purchaser” be willing to chat aobut the purchasing and shipping process over the phone.  That scares those scammers away pretty quick!

Post # 9
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11379 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

this is the exact reason why i haven’t put my dress for sale yet.  it’s been cleaned and it’s ready for the next lovely bride but i’m afraid to get scammed on it.

Post # 10
Member
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Great tips! Thanks for these!

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