(Closed) Why is it so hard to sell a wedding dress

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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49 posts
Newbee

It’s probably because it’s 3 years old. Most people buying dresses are looking for ones that are from 1 or 2 seasons ago. Maybe try a local consignment shop if you haven’t had any luck selling it online?

Post # 4
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335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

How much did you pay vs how much are you asking for it? Ive seen many ads that make me shake my head because they are asking basically what they paid for the dress, whether its been worn or not if I’m shopping used I’m shopping for a deal 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

Also the market value is just not there. Most people ask too much for their dress. Regardless of whether it still has the tags, it is preowned. Most buyers are buying used/secondhand because they want a bargain and not to pay close to the store/retail price.

I looked for a preowned dress before my wedding because I did not want to pay the $1600 salon price for a dress I would wear only 8hrs at most. Unsuprisingly most of the women selling the same dress had only knocked off a couple of hundred dollars. Sorry but I am not spending $1200  plus alterations on a used dress when I can buy new for $1600.

Post # 6
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643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Yeah. When I did my used dress shopping I almost laughed out loud at how much people were expecting to get for them. I’m sorry wedding dresses are no different than any other used clothes. Jeans I pay $80 for in a store will cost around $5 at a thrift store. No thrift store trying to sell those $80 jeans for $70 would make a cent. I don’t see how women think wedding dresses are somehow an exception to this.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Like PP stated, it is definitely easier if it is a current style that people have already seen in magazines and tried on in salons and are looking to spend less than the salon price. They are actively searching for this and they’ll know how this dress will fit and what work needs to be done to it. Given the high cost of a dress, I personally would not buy a dress that I haven’t tried on and I can’t return.

I would definitely try locally as well as that at least gives the potential buyer an opportunity to see the dress in person and try it on.

 

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@j_jaye:  this. When I see the prices that some people want for a used dress I laugh. I know for some it may be a huge help but for me I would rather pay the extra 200-400 and buy it brand new and unaltered. Even when someone says it is brand new with tags I am skeptical. Most used clothes are sold for less than half it’s original price….

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Lower the asking price or try a consignment shop

Post # 10
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Newbee

@PPs about people selling their dresses for too much, I completely agree. It almost seems like people are trying to take advantage. You take four hundred dollars off of your $1600 dress, so what, you get to wear a brand new dress altered to your body for 400 bucks and I pay $1200 to wear a used one? Not saying you’re doing that OP but just be willing to take a “hit.” 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@kweeny123:  Hmmm…that is a large discount. Maybe because of the size a larger person would be scared to buy it without trying it on especially if it is an older style no longer sold?

Post # 15
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278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Aah… My mother asked me to put her wedding dress on Kijiji and local buy and sell sites (via Facebook). The dress is 5-6 years old I think, and she only knocked off $400. No wonder we haven’t had any interest 🙂

 

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@kweeny123:  Where else do you have it listed?

Have you tried eBay? I know there are atleast 2-3 used dress websites also

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