(Closed) $$$ Buying and selling popular dress = buying a cheaper dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What happens if I sell my dress?
    It costs more to buy and sell a pricier, more popular gown : (2 votes)
    17 %
    It costs more to buy and sell a cheaper, but less popular gown : (3 votes)
    25 %
    It ends up costing about the same : (7 votes)
    58 %
  • Post # 3
    40 posts
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I definitely think you will have an easier time selling a higher end dress than a lower end dress, and I do feel like those calculations are fairly realistic (depending on your alterations, size, etc.). 

    Mostly, though, I think it’s important to just find the dress that you absolutely love within your budget! So if that means you fall in love with an Ella Rose, go for it! Just be true to yourself and honest with yourself about the budget!


    Post # 4
    3696 posts
    Sugar bee

    This is a great question – I have absolutely no idea. I hope someone else can weigh in with experience.

    My one suggestion is, I know some people prearrange a buyer for their gown (i.e. find someone before their wedding who agrees to buy the gown afterward). I think you would probably have the best shot of getting a good price if you do it this way, and you might have a better shot of working out that type of arrangement if you go with a more high-profile designer gown.

    Post # 5
    1183 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Never count on selling any of your wedding stuff.  Buy what you like and can afford.

    Post # 6
    181 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @the bossof you. This.

    I plan on selling mine, but that’s just going to be a bonus if I can.

    Post # 7
    181 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I do think it would be easier to sell a MS or Casa over a David’s Bridal. David’s marks theirs down too quickly for you to be able to get much out of it.

    Post # 9
    4350 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @the boss of you:  +1

    I bought a very popular dress used. Which meant I got to choose which listing I felt most comfortable with because I options. So I would see if you’re planning on selling the more expensive dress higher or lower than what other options are out there. With the cheaper dress you might not have as many people looking for that specific dress, which means fewer potential buyers. But you might have more people looking for a dress in that price range. So I think you should just get the dress you like better.

    Post # 10
    117 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    To be super honest, the two choices that you provide do not have big difference in terms of their original prices (i.e., not as big as comparing to the high-end designers). If someone set up the budget as $1000 or even just $500, she could just buy a brand new dress (from David’s bridal or online stores for replica). Why would she bother to take risk (fraud, stains, size problems) to buy a preowned one?

    (if I only had $500 as bridal dress budget, I’d rather get a new dress from David’s Bridal because the quality is not that different from the designers that you mentioned and I could get a size that fits me well, so I didn’t have to worry about alteration. But if I had a budget as $2000 and I loved high-end designers, I’d be happy to find a used dress for a great discount.)  

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