(Closed) Dress “Scam?”…HELP ASAP!!!!!

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

check the designer’s site and see if the boutique is an authorized seller?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I would say print off prices you’ve seen and take it into the boutique. Talk to their manager- they’ll probably give you some type of discount, even if it’s minor. But congrats on finding THE dress!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@JenEliza55: doing it in person would probably be a lot better, if you can manage. you can easily get written off over the phone since you don’t have the proof to shove in their face.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You should have like a 48 hour cancellation period or something, you should just call the boutique you went to and tell them to cancel, then research more.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@JenEliza55: This is crazy! So sorry this is happening to you. Hopefully another bee has some advice on how to fix this. I wanted to second printing off the prices you found online.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

This happened to me, when I went to a store in/around Houston. They said they had this exclusive designer. Went to another store to find out the designer was main-stream… and the price difference was about $500. I don’t think it’s a scam, but I don’t think it’s an honest business practice either.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

It doesn’t make sense that a wedding dress designer would only cater to one store – how on earth would they make any money that way? Unfortunately, the pricing shell game is really common with wedding gowns. It’s about as frustrating as buying a car or a mattress!! Good luck!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Agreed. I would print off some of the prices and just explain that you were just simple looking for pics to show off your dress and then were shocked to find how much cheaper it is somewhere else. 

 

It could be a rip off or it could be that it is their own redo of the dress and they just charge more?!

 

Where I am there is a bridal shop literally across the street from david’s bridal. And I swore i wouldn’t goto david’s bridal. But after going to that shop and seeing the prices, I went to david’s bridal. I was amazed at the price difference on what seemed to be the same dress. If not the same dress, then subtle differences. 

 

Post # 12
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Wannabee

There are dresses that are very, very similar to one another. For example, I’ve seen several versions of Maggie Sottero’s Ambrosia. In fact, there is a “copy” of it out there that is several hundred dollars less, and it’s better quality than the original.

There are many stores that have private contracts with designers. Sometimes they’ll “share” an exclusive line with several other stores, under their own brand name. Each store will have their own registered brand, and the gowns come from the designer with that store’s brand tag sewn into it. Much now Nordstrom owns the labels “Facconable”, and “Classiques”. The factories that make those garments also make garments for Macy’s, Bergdorfs, etc under their own store labels. Nordstrom is “ripping anyone off” by offering it to them as a Facconable shirt, just as Macy’s isn’t ripping anyone off by offering it as “Charter Club”.

You should judge the value of your gown based on how well it’s constructed, and how it looks on you. When you purchased it, did you feel that it was worth the price you paid?

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Like other Bees said their may be a 48hr cancellation policy or clause that encompasses buyers remorse. But if not most honest stores with good business ethics would honor price differences at other stores. Just like any company, if you tell them you’re going to take you business else where they are sure to budge a little more in your favor.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

This is a common scam that bridal shops pull. I would attempt to cancel the order, if that doesn’t work–talk to them manager and ask for a discount. Be armed with specs and price quotes. If they refuse to budge, threaten to report the to BBB for altering the labels of the dresses and selling the brand when they are not an authorized reseller at a marked up price

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