(Closed) are you selling your dress and holding out for someone to accept your price?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

From the point of view of a potential buyer, your alterations are a minus, not a plus, and definitely not something I’d consider as part of the asking price calculation.  I know thats not what you are hoping to hear, but that is my honest opinion. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Oh, I just want to clarify – I mean a potential used dress buyer in general, not of your dress.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@sarahbabs: I agree. Almost no one that could buy your dress is going to be the EXACT measurements as you, so there’s a good chance they might need their own alterations anyway. So I don’t think you could count that in the price. But you seem to have gotten a good amount of offers so that’s not to say you can’t get full price, just that I wouldn’t say a buyer gets free alterations.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

what % of the full price are you trying to sell it for, just out of curiosity?

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think when you look at anything used, the buyer automatically assumes the seller has priced it for negotiating room. Even when an ad says, “price firm” people still try to haggle…I think that’s just the nature of buying used. 

When I was looking at used wedding dress sites, the fact that a dress had been altered was a minus and looked at unaltered new,used or sample dresses first. I also was not concerned with what the bride originally paid, but instead went on what I was willing to pay. I inquired about a few dresses and did offer less than advertised…to help cover shipping, alterations and if the dress needed to be cleaned. Remember…the buyer is getting a USED dress. While you may think it’s an awesome deal, the buyer is taking a risk that the dress is is very good (or as advertised) condition. Plus they also take a risk if they are unable to try the dress on in a shop first, especially for dresses from many seasons ago that may not be available to even try on…while they may LOVE the dress in pics there’s a chance they may not like it on in real life. This I say because it seemed like most of the dresses I looked at were final sale. 

All that said…you know what price you want to sell for and if you don’t need the $$ right away then stick to your guns!! Sounds like you’ve gotten quite a bit of activity, so hopefully you’ll find an agreeable buyer soon!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@dynamic_duo: Oh, I wasn’t trying to say that you were advertising free alterations, just explaining why they might be considering their own alterations costs in the deal ๐Ÿ™‚

From what I’ve seen looking around online, 60% of original price is a pretty good deal. I keep finding ones I like that are less than 20% off the original price, I may as well go buy new then! lol.

Good luck selling it!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m fortunate enough to get to wear mine twice – we’re having  a second reception a week later in the Mr’s home state. So I’m planning on taking one of the flowers off of it to keep, and selling it for like 75% off – I like the idea of someone who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a dress like that to be able to have it.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@dynamic_duo: I haven’t turned down any money because I haven’t listed mine yet. I keep toying with the idea that I am going to do a session in NYC with my photographer so I haven’t listed it yet. I do see where you are coming from though. If it’s a splurge, it’d be  hard to recover 25% of the asking price so I see how it would benefit someone who has your measurements. Can you please let me know the sites where you listed the dress? Which site do you think has gotten you more responses? Thanks.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@dynamic_duo:

I totally understand. 60% is completely reasonable.  But how many “hits” you get will depend on how typical/average your size is. Did you have it professionally cleaned?  That would make a difference to me as a potential buyer.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think because your dress is more moderatelty priced (in wedding dress terms) than others, 60% is reasonable. 

What I don’t understand are girls trying to sell their 10-20K dresses for 6-15K…like, seriously, if you have 15K to spend on a dress, you probably AREN’T looking on a pre-owned wedding dress site ๐Ÿ˜‰

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