(Closed) Do I buy a sample dress?!

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3142 posts
Sugar bee

How much will alterations be?

Post # 4
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My dress was a sample dress and I loved it. It was in perfect condition and I paid less than 1/3 the original price including tax. However, I went to a blowout sale, so it was a shop that was selling only sample dresses at the time I went.

Post # 5
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would see if you can get it for more than 25% off. I’ve had friends get samples for close to 50% off retail price.

Post # 6
4520 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I got a sample dress, too! They gave me a 40% discount, and I used the in-store alteration service, which was a flat fee, so the fact that the dress was way too big for me didn’t affect the alteration cost. I’d try to see if they’ll knock off a bit more than 25% for you…

Post # 8
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Negotiate and have them clean, press and have their alterations department check and fix all the cosmetic things wrong with the dress (loose strings, beads, sequins, zipper, hooks, etc) in addition to the discount.  Since its a discontinued dress, they’re gonna want to get rid of it because there’s not point keeping it on the rack.  Try to see if they’ll throw in a veil too!

I bought a sample dress and they included all of that into the price and I loved the experience.  However, my sample fit almost perfect.  You may end up paying the same amount as a full-price dress after alterations, depending on how complicated the dress is.  Once you take it in about 3-4 inches they have to change almost everything about the dress, so it adds up.





Post # 9
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m sure you can negotiate that down.  The fact that the dress is discontinued means that the store will have no use for this dress past this seasons (as other brides can no longer place orders for it).  I purchased my sample gown for 75% off at a sample sale.  It needed to be sized down 2 sizes, but find a good seamstress and it is possible.

Post # 10
4159 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My dress was a sample dress.  I think it’s a size 12, and I’m closer to a size 10 (hopefully 8 by the wedding Laughing)  I was able to get it for half price, and since the boutique I got it from was realitively new, the dress was still clean as could be.  I will have to get it steamed, and maybe have one of the flowers attached better, but  I don’t see any issues with getting it, and you’re right, it’s much easier for it to be taken in!!!

Post # 11
4771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

25% seems like nothing, I’m sorry you’re getting screwed.  Unless they offer free alterations.  Look at some of the alteration cost threads, apparently the prices add up real fast.  I’m dreading it.  Essencially it’s a used dress they have no use for, try for 50%.  Also look online for people selling second hand ones.  Good luck, I know this is comming from the worst negotiatior ever so yeah I’m all talk and no show.

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