(Closed) am I breaking some sort of code or something?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Is it bad manners to ask the price of a gown over the phone/through email?
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  • Post # 3
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Hmmm…. that is very strange.   I contacted a few salons in my area to make sure that their dresses were in my price range before I made an appointment and none of them had any issues with saying either “Yes, we can accommodate that budget”.   or “Well, our dresses range from $$ to $$$$$ (a polite way of saying, maybe we can’t help you.)”

    I know most of the sales people work on commission and would like to sell the most expensive dress all the time, but why waste time on an appointment that could end in a no-sale?  That seems so strange to me.

    Post # 4
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    Busy Beekeeper

    i think they might do that because they negotiate prices sometimes. they want you in so 1) you will fall in love with a dress and adjust your budget accordingly  and 2) they might give you a price based on your budget…i dunno, i am just guessing.

    i had an experience at one bridal store where i tried on a dress, i asked the price, was told it was $1300. she asked my budget, i said $1000, then she said she can give it to me for $1000, like i was getting a “deal”.  another store later told me the same dress goes for $870!

    i would just go into the stores and if the price tags are not ON the dresses, then don’t buy from there.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    They just want you to go into the store so you’ll try on the dress, fall in love, and not care how much it is .. ha 🙂

    Post # 6
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    Busy Beekeeper

    oh, maybe the store that you emailed with your budget asked you to come in because they have dresses in that range?  like maybe they would have something if you were like WAY under what they sell.

    Post # 7
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Just curious…what dress is it?

    Post # 8
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    404 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    If you flat out ask them about a specific price, they should be able to answer you. If they don’t, in my opinion they are shady-shady and should be avoided.

    Post # 9
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I don’t know why they would do that but I’m sure that they will have dresses in your price range available even if it’s not that specific dress.  I would go in and look at dresses anyway, I fell in love with some in pictures but they sometimes look completely wrong on your body.

    I know a lot of bridal stores don’t like you to do price shopping but you can get around that by just going into the store and looking for that specific dress if you try it on and like the way that it looks on you.

    Post # 11
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It’s odd to me, too. The salons I went to mostly either had a huge range or they listed it on their site. Who makes the dress? Maybe one of the bees could give you an estimate.

    Post # 13
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    514 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    They just want you to come in since you are more likely to buy a dress that way.

    Just call and say you aren’t ready to make appointments but you found one dress online you like and if they have it and it’s in your price range then you will make an appointment now. If not, you are going to wait a little while before making appointments.

    Post # 14
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I tried to call/email a few places too, but they all gave me a similar response. They want you to see the dress in person, so you fall in love with it and are willing to pay whatever their crazy price tag says.

    I found http://www.weddingshoppeinc.com/ to be very accurate as far as pricing goes (at least in my area- which isn’t too far away- 4.5 hours- from their physical location). If you can find the dress on there, it might give you a good idea of the price.

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