(Closed) Am I Asking Too Much For Gown

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Generally used gowns sell for half of their original price. Is it damaged (stains, tears, losses)? Or is it an unusual size (petite, plus sized)? Did you include actual photos of the dress in the listing (vs photos from the designer)? Has it been altered?

ETA: If you want it to sell quickly, I would list it at $600/$700. If it is popular people will buy the cheapest option and that would make yours the cheapest available. Be specific in your listing about any damage, alterations, cleaning and how it has been stored. The more information you offer in your listing, the more trustworthy you appear which will make buyers more interested.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@babypearls:  If it fits you and it is in your posession I would snap a few photos of you in the dress. It shows that the listing is real (anyone can steal a stock photo) and how it would fit a real bride. When I bought my dress I only considered ones with actual photos of the dress.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think the price is probably fair, but I just think it’s a really tough market to resell something that expensive. You have to find someone who is your size, someone who is willing to take a leap of faith, someone who is willing to spend that much on a used gown, and someone who likes that style. It’s a tall order at any price!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Oh also, you might want to take a detail shot of the beading. And if you allow local buyers to try it on that might. Where do you have it listed?

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@babypearls:  I would say from my experience buying a gently used dress, the original asking price was $800 for a $1300 dress that had some alterations done. She was local to me and her ad included her veil. When I went to see the dress she then offered me an unused ring bearer pillow, a wedding planning book and a crystal pin that she used on her bouquet handle. I ended up giving her $700 for all of it which is what we agreed to once I told her I would pay in cash.

If you have any extras from your wedding that you didn’t end up using or don’t need it might help to get you the price you are looking for as your listing would be offering more than just the dress and girls may pass up other dress offers for yours like I did. Or possibly offer if someone local wanted to give you cash they could come pick it up themselves which would save you the hassle of packing it up for shipping.

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