(Closed) Dresses so much more expensive in Aus!

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Oh shiit.

I haven’t been dress shopping yet, but when I was looking on the internet they seemes cheaper than that. Bummer.

Could you order it online and have it shipped, or maybe have the dress you like done by dressilyme or jasmines? It would work out cheaper that way.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It’s annoying isn’t it! Two male colleagues from work flew overseas to buy Tiffany engagement rings because it was just cheaper that way even with flights.

 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Yes, very annoying. It’s for that reason that, over the years, I’ve gotten used to buying much of my wardrobe online. With wedding dresses it’s tough, because you’ll get taxed if it’s over $1000. But…with the strong AUD and a nice bridal salon in the U.S., maybe you can find a dress that’s around that price and just have them mark the customs value as under $1000. Or, have it shipped to a parcel forwarder or a friend in the U.S. who can mark down the value for you! Sneaky but works every time. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Hi just thought I would help out with some info, I bought my maggie dress from an authorised retailor in America. I bought the lucianna gown which I tried on in blacktown sweethearts and it sold there for AU $2900, the website sold it for $1500. I just want to be clear, these are not replica dresses they are the real deal they are even on maggie sotteros website for authorised sellers, my friend used them that’s how I found out. Only problem is they don’t ship to Australia, they ship free anywhere in the US. I had it shipped to a family members friend and they posted it to me, insured for upto $7000 for only $140. So all up my dress came to AU $1640 a saving of $1260!!! 

let me know if u want any more info they have nearly every maggie sottero and sottero n midgley dress available plus other brands, plus so simple I emailed the name of the dress, colour and size, I payed via PayPal  they sent it out within 3 weeks and my guy sent it to me it took 2.5 weeks. I haven’t taken pics yet as I’m trying to loose the last few kilos before I put it on again but I love it, best decision. 

Post # 7
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363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Oh and to get around tax my guy ticked that it was a ‘gift’

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

I found the same thing and have decided to use a mail forwarder from the US (For the same dress, Emma)…hoping I haven’t done anything silly but it should be here next month (delay is because of a veil I ordered with it. ) The forwarder I chose is highly recommended…I just couldnt justify paying twice the price!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@christoffels:  That’s too bad– does it have anything to do with GDP or inflation rates??

Buy offline and have it shipped– or buy it used. However, either of those options will not be supporting your local community/country (I know some people have an issue with that). 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@tampalove35:  I think Austrlians are over paying double for everything. Country pride is out the window when it comes to shopping. We are happy to shop online and get a fair price however we need to go about it.

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I totally agree, i got quoted for enzoani casablanca $3400 and the website authentic quoted $1200. That’s insane. Obviously i didnt go with the local shop. I bought stuff from us website quite often and use parceliton website to redirect it for me with a fee, and its still way cheaper. 

Check out bestbridalprices it’s authentic.

lucky for me that Fiance has to visit his parent in Europe so i will buy from London and guess what i have made a few phone calls to check out the price, its very reasonable almost same price as us when You exclude vat charges.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@tampalove35:  i buy stuff locally too, but dont have $2000 to spare that’s almost two third of my reception costs.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

In Canada we also get stuck paying higher prices.  There was one case for a company, can’t recall which, where the prices were so outrageous that there was an uproar here so they lowered it slightly.  I know part of the costs do come from duties, sometimes higher wages, taxes, etc but sometimes it does seem like an outright robery.  Is there any chance of finding an Australian designer with cheaper prices?  I think I recall some Martina Liana (Australian perhaps?) which had some beautiful dresses.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I went shopping in Brisbane and while there were some beautiful dresses they were mostly over $2500. I ended up buying a sample dress online from a Brisbane designer for $299! I had to buy it sight unseen as I actually live 1000 kilometres away from Brisbane, so it was a bit of a gamble – but I had tried a dress in a similar style which was $2699! 

 

The designer if anyone is interested is BiBowden designs, and I think they might still be selling their samples. My dress would have been $990 if bought wholesale new.

Post # 16
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Busy bee

@christoffels:  Totally agree. That is why we went down Jasmines Bridal Shop path.

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