(Closed) Anyone order on….EBAY???

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Doesn’t sound silly at all. I too am on a budget and was looking for a dress under $300.  As frugal as I am normally, I couldn’t bare the thought of spending thousands of dollars on a dress I will wear for only a few hours. 

I bought a dress on Ebay and had a great expereience.  I bought a custom dress (from China), loosely inspired by a Pronovias gown.  The communication with the seller was good; he/she was very responsive to ALL of my questions.  The dress was well made and fit my body like a glove (the only alteration needed was the length).  And the best part was that i bought a beautiful dress for $169. 

Here’s my advice:

1.  Know what you want. do you want a pre-owned dress?  or custom dress from a dress maker (most likely from China).

2.  If you go the custom dress route, inspired by a designer dress, keep in mind that it will NOT look exactly like the designer’s dress. 

3.  Regardless if the dress is preowned or custom,  make sure you read the ALL the reviews of the seller, and buy from a Top-Rated Seller, 

4.  If you see a dress you are interested in, feel free to contact the seller first if you have any questions before you purchase. 

5.  If you go the custom route, Be sure to ask about what kind of fabric they will be using to make your dress.  I made the mistake of not asking, and when i got the dress, while I LOVED the dress, I hated the way the fabric looked in pictures.  I immediately contacted the seller and got another dress.  🙂  second dress was so much better.

6.  Make sure you know the return policy. Some sellers don’t have one.

Let’s see..that’s all i can think of right now.  You can also do a search on Weddingbee for “dresses on ebay”.  You will see a ton of posts from ladies who have good and bad expeiences with buying their dresses on Ebay.  Blogger Mrs. Tulip dedicated a couple of posts to how to buy dresses from Ebay.  Blogger Mrs. Labrador also blogged about her experience.

Good luck. Feel free to PM if you have more questions.

Post # 4
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11 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I tried going this same route to save some money on my daughter’s gown.  Our experience was not successful at all.  I did email the the dressmaker several times and went over every detail of the dress.  To say that we were disappointed with the dress we received would be the understatement of the century.  The quality of the material was awful and the workmanship was some of the worst I have ever seen.  I returned the dress immediately when they told me that was as close as they could come to the dress in the listing picture.  The dress we got looked nothing like what we ordered.  It took me  almost 3 months to get my money refunded.  This seller had 100% positive feedback and was top rated.

We had hoped  the gown would be great because the seller had Maid/Matron of Honor, Bridesmaid or Best Man, and MOB dresses we were considering having made.  Needless to say that won’t happen at any price.

 

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I bought two dresses from Ebay, both from private sellers.

The first one is a vintage dress, probably from the 70s, must be a sample dress, made in France. Soooo damn cute, but way too small. Haven´t sold it yet, because i like it so much 🙂

I didn´t like the second one, it was new, but looked totally different from the picture. So i sold it and even made a little profit 🙂

You should just try, there are lots of nice dresses on Ebay. Personally i wouldn´t buy a chinese dress, simply because i would be too afraid that the measurements might be wrong and it would be a waste of money then. And because i read so many times that the dresses do not look loke the original dress. I contacted some of the sellers to ask for a special dress that i liked but couldn´t find on Ebay, so some of them sent me a sample fabric photo, and it looked completely different from what i wanted.

I don´t regret it, i am buying a lot of stuff on Ebay, mainly from private sellers because in most cases that is cheaper. You just need to be patient, and sometimes it takes some time to find the right things.

Post # 6
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504 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I bought my dress off Ebay. I just got it in the mail yesterday and they did a fantastic job! I’m going to post pics this afternoon. I was really leary about ordering from overseas but I was so happy when I got my dress. I paid $48 for a Pronovias replica.

This is the original dress. I had it made in light ivory.

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Post # 7
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2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

my auntgot hers on ebay for $8 including the detachable train and some accessories. she looked great.

that was 8 years ago. i have yet to see a deal like that on there since, and i’ve been looking. i’m giving up because they’re mostly 6-12s (not my size)

good luck to you, it’s totally possible to do it

 

and don’t go “custom” they make a lot of mistakes

Post # 8
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87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@cheeks11 is that a typo ?? Did you really only pay $48 for that gorgeous dress???

Post # 9
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76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

A very good friend of mine ordered her dress on ebay. For logistical reasons, I actually ordered it for her and sent it over to her. It was being sold by a guy (I thought that was odd, but I didn’t ask questions Smile ). He was very responsive and took care of everything in a timely fashion. Dress was as advertised. She did minor alterations (I think biggest thing was making it a sweetheart neckline). Dress was $300+ and on her wedding day she looked like a million bucks. 

Just be sure you check out seller ratings and feedback, and make sure you understand what the shipping and return policies are. It can work out very well for you.

Post # 10
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2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I couldn’t find a suitable dress for a “mature” bride in the bridal shops. My first dress was a custom-made dress I ordered from an online shop and it turned out horribly. I actually cried when I first saw it. Eventually I donated it to Salvation Army and threw away several hundred dollars.

The dress I ended up wearing was from eBay and cost me $100 and it fit perfectly and I was super happy with it!

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Post # 11
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7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

It is hit or miss.  A lot of people do stretch the truth online- not just on ebay.  I ordered my dress from preownedweddingdresses.com and the woman I ordered it from didn’t tell me about repairs it needed.  It came crumpled up in a box and I had to have it repaired.  It was expensive, and I was sad.  It did work out in the end, but I would have rather gone and seen it somewhere in person. 

Post # 12
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514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I got a NWT dress on ebay (it wasn’t long enough for the woman who ordered it) and love it!

Post # 13
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504 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@msstilettoheels: No typo here! $48 and I am over the moon. They did a wonderful job. Even though I sent in my measurements I still have to have it altered. It was probably a bit my fault because I added some inches in areas because I wanted to give myself wiggle room. Bad idea. You can see by the photo that I’m holding it in the back trying to tighten it up but it’s not really working. LOL I’ll have to post more photos when I get it all altered.

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Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Cheeks11: $48 ?!!!!! That dress looks fab!! May I ask who you ordered from?

Post # 15
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504 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@jayce: Thanks!! The seller’s name is maryannbridal. It took about 35 days from paying to delivery.

Post # 16
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2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Cheeks11: Wow!!!! $48!!The dress looks great!

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