(Closed) Did I pay to much for this dress???

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Why are you selling it? I think you should ask 1000(or whatever you want) and if no one offers THEN lower. It’s a very pretty dress and looks like it’d be figure flattering!

Post # 4
4519 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t think $1000 is too much, especially considering that it’s custom made! It looks beautiful.

Do you have any pictures of it on you that you can post in your ad? I think that might help potential buyers get a better feel for what it looks like. 

Post # 5
7152 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think that 1000 is a great place to start.

Post # 9
14185 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think $1000 may be a little high, but that’s my personal opinion because I’m not in love with the dress. And you’re talking to a major wedding dress bargain shopper. If you’ve been trying to sell it for awhile now, drop your price a little. That being said, do you have a photo of you IN the dress? that may help sell it. It looks kinda lifeless on the hanger. It’s just hard to tell how it actually lays, but the way it fits could totally entice someone!

Post # 11
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

selling a dress is hard, I also had a dress custom made I now have listed for $300. Its so hard because there is SOOOOOO many new dresses out there and esp custom made dresses. Normally when people are looking for a used dress they have tired on a dress at a shop and want that dress used/ new but not from a bridal shop

Post # 12
690 posts
Busy bee

I agree with Mischelleez that you will likely have a more difficult time because it is custom made.  I’m sure it is a spectacular, high quality dress, but there is no way for the buyer to really know it.  If its a gown from a known designer, at buyer may have had the chance to try a sample on (or may have seen pics of many other brides in the dress), can rely on the name to trust that it is decent quality, and has a good idea of the value of the dress.  With a custom dress, for all the buyer knows you paid $500 for the dress vs. $1650, or it could be poor quality that isn’t showing in the photos.

With that said, it truely looks like a beautiful dress, and I think its worth trying to sell it for $1K before lowering the price.  Can you get someone to take some better quality pictures of you wearing the dress, and perhaps take a few close up shots of some of the detail to post?  I’d also include as much details as possible – the person who designed and made it , how much you paid, etc etc

Post # 13
1161 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think you have to accept that the market for a used custom dress is small.  People like to be able to try a dress on before they spend $1000, , and with a custom dress it’s not like they can go to a shop and try on a Maggie size 4 to find out if the sizing is right.  That’s not to say you won’t sell it, but you may not sell it quickly on line. 

If you could sell it to a consignment shop you might have better luck, but you’d make less money that way, so it just depends of if you want a quick sale or a lucrative sale.

I’m sure you have, but make sure you put both your street size and your measurements in the ad.

Post # 15
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

For a never-worn dress, I think you’ve priced it appropriately. If it had been worn, then $500-$600 might be a better price range.

It will take a while. I was a two-dress bride, and I STILL haven’t sold the dress that I didn’t wear, and our wedding was a year ago this month 🙂

Post # 16
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I hate to say it, but I agree with the other brides who’ve said the problem is it’s a custom dress. Buyers have no way of knowing the quality of the work nor how it will fit them, especially since it was obviously made for you and not to a generic size. With a designer dress, they can try it on elsewhere — or at least check the size charts and see examples of the workmanship. 

Your dress, while absolutely stunning on you, is a complete unknown. Personally, I’d never risk $1k on a dress I wasn’t 100% sure about. With that said, I think your best bet is to find a local buyer. Craigslist or a high end consignment shop are good places to start. That way, potential buyers would have the opportunity to see it in person and maybe even try it on. It really is gorgeous, and I do think there are brides out there who’d happily pay $1k+ for it if they had some assurance of the value and fit.

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