Post # 1
Looking to the hive for some advice on the ways to haggle. I’m looking for a used wedding dress. I’m looking to spend $200-$350 so here are some questions.
1.) What price ranges should I be looking at for sale (i.e. $500-$600 $400-$800).
2.) If I’m looking at a dres what should I offer (i.e. if the dress is $500 is it a bad idea to start at $250 in hope to get the dress for $300 or $350)
3.) If there are small unseen stains or small visible stains (but not noticible) how should this be taken into consideration?
4.) What about certificates of authenticity and things like that, how much value does that add?
5.) What about dry cleaning, if a dress has been cleaned how do I know? If there’s proof does that add value?
Any help on how this all works would be great. Thanks!
Post # 3
I think it depends mostly on the original price of the dress. Most goods depreciate by 50% or so immediately upon leaving the store with the purchaser (don’t quote me as this may not be exact, but it is huge). I do not think tags or certificates of authenticity add monetary value, but I would certainly not buy a used dress without one or the other! You don’t want to get scammed. I think new v. used is one of the bigger things. Many dresses are sold brand new, NEVER ALTERED, or worn to a wedding. That, to me, is where the cost can be higher.
I think that you are exactly right with your second point. Start negotating at $200 or $250 if you are willing to spend up to $350. You might be pleasantly surprised, but that way you have a cushion to work up to so that the seller still feels like she is getting her due while you can still try to get a break. I would not recommend asking for an $800 dress for $250, though. It all depends on so many factors.
Post # 4
I think if it was $800 I’d probably stay away from it because I’d assume to start it at $400 and see where it goes from there but I’m so ignorant when it comes to this stuff so I’m looking for all the help I can get.
Any ideas on how to tell if the gown is actually new. I’m not sure I trust some of these ads that say brand new, I’d imagine it’s pretty easy to write down new on the ad and then have it show up and be used?
Post # 5
I found a dress that i wanted used & not cleaned
She had it listed for 35% OFF the original price plus shipping
I asked if she would ship it for free or go down $50 She wouldnt i am glad to say 2 months later IT IS STILL FOR SALE
Post # 6
I think most of the time people who try to resell their dresses ask way too much for them. I wouldn’t pay more than 50% of original price. Also take into consideration the extent of alterations that have been done. If it has been altered, then it is worth even less.
Post # 7
It’s not necessarily fool-proof, but to tell if it is new (or at least unaltered), you could ask for pictures of the tags attached to the dress. I doubt any bride who wore it to her wedding would keep them on. I mean, I am sure it has happened, but it would be a little reassuring.
Also, just as you would start out offering something lower than you’d actually take for it, consider that some brides possibly list higher than they are willing to take. Sure, some are just stupid like the one that is still for sale two months later, but definitely try!
Post # 8
@mishelleez When I started this whole process I was talking to someone about a dress she was selling on ebay for $350 (starting bid) before the bidding was even ended she had it listed for sale for $85 on a used dress site . . . that ended my interest in the dress right there. She could have at least waited until the bidding ended on ebay. No one bid on it and I certainly wasn’t going to buy it after that so I hear ya!