(Closed) Advice on Selling a Gown

posted 12 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2029 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Most of the secondhand dresses I have seen were selling for 50-60% off the regular price. If the style is really in demand (like the ever popular Melissa Sweet Lia) you could probably ask for more. Lots of people do negotiate though so maybe set your price a bit higher than what you hope to get.

Post # 4
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2020

I would also take into account how much it’s been altered, any changes that have been made to the dress, etc. If you’ve taken the dress in a ton and it is only going to fit somebody who is 5’10", I wouldn’t think it would be in such hide demand, because there aren’t that many tiny, tall girls out there looking for that dress. KWIM?

Post # 5
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

my piece of advice comes from my friend’s used dress buying experience….make sure you check every website you can to see if the same dress is being sold or something very similar and how much they are selling it for…then match your price to theirs or go below.

  My friend wanted a specific reem acra dress from a past season and it ended up that it was being sold by two different people…pretty much the same thing…both new…both same size.  One girl would not budge at all on the price. She was aware how much the other girl was selling it for but would not come down to that other price.  So even though she’s had that dress sitting in her closet for 3 yrs, and could have gotten $2,000 for it she preferred to get nothing rather then coming down on her price. Needless to say my friend bought it from the other girl who was willing to negotiate.

Post # 6
8 posts
  • Wedding: October 2008

I saw a lot of used and new dresses online when I was searching for mine.  Most of them were on craigslist.com .  I would take a look at that site and what other bride’s are selling their dresses for.  Good luck!

Post # 7
3 posts
  • Wedding: December 2020

I agree with all the posters and would just had to figure in the shipping and insurance (probably close to $50, depending on your gown and its value) when you set the price.  It’s probably better to add that in to the asking price and not make the buyer pay that.  You want to control how it is shipped.  That’s a whole another post in and of itself!

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