(Closed) Why are Items being sold for what you paid for it

posted 7 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
Member
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I always think the same thing when i see things being sold here or on craigslist.  I feel like once something is “used”, I’m not willing to pay more than 50% – 75% of the original value!!

Post # 5
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3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Yeah, this baffles me too. I am always shocked when I see a used wedding dress on preownedweddingdresses.com for only 15% off. Really? You WORE it for hours, and cleaned it…doesn’t make it new!!

Post # 6
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1077 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If it’s very original (like a custom veil) and not something that can easily be obtained new (like a current pair of shoes sold on Zappos), then it might be worth giving someone what they paid for it for a bride to have just the thing she wants.

A new dress takes 6 months to come in.  Buying preowned is the only option for some brides because of time.  Also, getting 10% off and then having no sales tax (I’m in a 10% sales tax state) and maybe having the dress already hemmed and bustled is still a lot less $ than full retail for THE dress.

Although my first dress sold quickly for the better part of what I paid for it, I do see girls with used dresses that are from 3 years ago that haven’t discounted them enough.  I kept tabs on my watched dresses list to see what % sold, at what price, if they did markdowns, etc. to have a better idea where I should price my own dress and what its chances of selling would be.  I have to wonder if some of those girls just don’t really want their stuff to sell unless they get a top dollar offer they can’t refuse.

Post # 7
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3482 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I don’t know. If something is actually in “used” condition then yes, it should be marked down significantly, but if it’s undamaged and in practically new or near-mint condition, I don’t see why the seller should have to knock it down to 50% of what they paid.

I also agree with Melini’s points about unique or hard to find items and time issues.

Post # 8
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1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Weddings are expensive – they probably need to recoup every cent they can get.  If it doesn’t sell, they’ll lower their price (if it sells, then obviously someone was willing to pay full price for it).

I plan on selling most everything after my wedding and I’ve already started my “For Sale” website.  I just looked (out of curiousity) and I tended to price things at 60% of what I paid for them.  I’d just as soon sell it and have it be gone, but I can see how some brides would need as much as they can, and hey, if someone will buy it for that price, more power to them.

Post # 9
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1077 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@milesbella:  So this is a bit of a tangent, but it’s funny, so I’ll share anyway.  I sold my left-over decor (mostly vases) the weekend after the wedding.  I priced them so that they would be gone from my house the same day.  They didn’t cost so much to begin with, and I just wanted the boxes to go away.  I was hoping someone who was really short on cash would get them. When a young bride who was trying to stretch her dollar was checking out our vases she saw a box of our milk bottles that we tend to stockpile before returning them to the store for the deposit.  She thought they were for sale, and asked “How much?”  We sold them to her for the cost of the deposit and told her to just take them to the grocery to get her money back when it was all over.  LOL!

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