(Closed) Buying a Used Gown, How to Haggle – Advice please

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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 # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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
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1580 posts
Bumble bee

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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!

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