(Closed) Buying Used Wedding Dresses That Aren't Used Yet

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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kristin36890 :  yeah, it sounds crazy. How do I know I want your dress if it’s not guaranteed that it’ll be okay after the wedding day? They could fall into a lake for all you know. 

Post # 3
30398 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I can understand sellers wanting to get a jump on the sale of their dress. As a buyer, I think it would be incredibly foolish to hand over more than a token down payment on a dress that has yet to be altered or worn.

Post # 4
3727 posts
Sugar bee

I actully think it’s arrogant. Why put a price on something that isn’t yet secondhand. Saw one just yesterday where the bride said her dress was worth $1500 and after her wedding in May she’dl ike someone to take it off her hands for $1000. Great…she gets to wear a new dress for a third of the cost and she expects someone else to pay two thirds for a used one.

Post # 5
23 posts
  • Wedding: August 2017

I agree. I think it comes off as really aggressive and I wouldn’t be able to trust in its quality. I wonder what kind of assurances they offer. 

But I guess if this trend is picking up, people must be going for it. I wonder if anyone’s bought one like this on this forum and can offer input. 

Post # 6
462 posts
Helper bee

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observer :  You absolutely hit the nail on the head. “She gets to wear a new dress for a third of the cost and she expects someone else to pay two thirds for a used one.”

This is crazy and I would not buy a dress from someonewho hasn’t even worn it yet. Who knows what could happen to the dress between now and when it reached me?

Post # 7
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I think the listings where a bride is selling a dress before her wedding (but shipping it after) are because she herself can’t afford the dress and wants to recoup costs asap. If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it.

I for one wouldn’t dream of asking more than 50% of what I paid for my dress if I decide to sell it. It’s worn and likely no longer perfect. You can’t recoup the entire cost!

Post # 8
3085 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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kristin36890 :  Super aggressive and super tacky! If you need to sell off the dress that quickly to recoup funds, maybe you could not afford it in the first place. Live within your means, always. Even when it comes to your wedding plans, xoxo.

Post # 9
2009 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I didnt know that was a thing… one thing I love is people who cant grasp dress value, I look at lots of used dresses and a weel made and well maintained vintage 1930s dress can be £1000 easy so people see that and think their 2002 mass produced dress can be sold as ‘vintage’ for £1000 aswell when really its just old and outdated (or people who want £1000s for an 80s puffball that cost £20 in any charity shop)


you can only really get a decent amount back if the dress is something pretty unique, anything else is worthless because theres hundreds and no one is going to £1000 second hand when they could get it as a sample for £500 often


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