(Closed) Dress “Scam?”…HELP ASAP!!!!!

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
1953 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If they aren’t claiming it to be by that designer, but from a deferent designer I would verify that it is by the designer they claim it to be made by. Then check if that store is an authorized retailer of that specific designer, many designers have similar styles I found a dress I love thats very similar to 4 different designers styles, never did ask who the dress was by, but then I haven’t put any money down yet. If the store isn’t an authorized retailer for the designer they claim the dress is by (I would also somehow verify that the dress is by the designer they claim), then you have full grounds to get out of your contract and go buy the dress from an authorized retailer and save the $$$.

Post # 18
3 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

I hate to say it, but you got ripped off. I work in a bridal boutique, and if a store won’t disclose the designer or style number before buying, find another store. They don’t disclose that information because they don’t want you shopping around or checking MSRP, which is around double the stores cost. If they don’t want you checking, it’s because they know they are charging more.

Like I said, MSRP is usually double the stores buying cost, so if a dress is out of your budget, do the math and ALWAYS negotiate.

If you do happen to find out who makes a dress from a certain store, check on the desigers website to see if that store is an authorized retailer. Some dresses will come with certificates of authenticity from the designer.

A lot of stores will tell you that they have their store label on a dress because they buy dresses and alter them to make them “one of a kind” and then sell them. In my experience, this is only done with discontinued dresses or dresses that have been in the store for a while. Instead of marking them down, they slap their tag on it and tell you that its a one of a kind creation when in fact, it’s just a last season dress that no one wanted.

Even though I work in a boutique, I’ve still shopped around a lot for that perfect dress (which I will just order through my work). I’ve seen the same dresses in our store with other stores tags on them and have been told that they are “one of a kind” creations.

Post # 19
723 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University

If they’re not listed as an authorized retailer, I would definitely call the manufacturer itself.  Sounds very scammy to me.  I’m a manager at a bridal boutique in California and not disclosing information such as a designer or style number after purchasing is a red flag.  Good, good luck!

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