Post # 1
Hey Bees. I’m in desperate need of help.
I purchased a ballgown when I was first engaged and ended up with dress regrets. When the place I purchased the ballgown from refused to help in selling it again, I ended up with 2 dresses. I thought I would be able to sell it again, even if I do lose half of what I paid for it. I’ve tried everything- I post ads here almost weekly, have it posted on PreOwnedWeddingDresses and Recycled Bride, and have it listed on Craigslist in 3 different cities in Indiana. I’ve had a couple brides really interested, and then it always falls through.
Does anybody have any additional suggestions? An extra five hundred dollars would be awesome for the wedding, which is only 5 months away.
Post # 3
@erclay: Ebay? Craigslist?
Are the photos you put up good quality so they really grab people?
Do you make sure that you emphasize that this dress has never actually been worn?
Post # 4
@canarydiamond: I use the image for the dress online, because I don’t have any of me in it. I’ve got it listed on Craigslist. Do you think Ebay would get a good price? And I always put that as the first thing listed, that it hasn’t been worn or altered.
Post # 5
I have the same problem… mine is a $1300 dress (sample – regular price was $1700), and I’m down to $500 trying to sell it. It’s been 3 months and no action. It’s a tough market for wedding dresses unless it’s a popular design or brand.
You could try eBay and see if there is any action there. If not, keep lowering your price…it has to sell eventually. There is also a high end consignment store as a last ditch effort, but you will be lucky to make $100-200.
Post # 6
@erclay: I don’t know much about eBay, but I think you can set a minimum bid. I don’t think it hurts to try.
I would take pics of the dress… I wouldn’t buy something used unless I saw pics of the actual thing.
For all people know, you could be selling something that looks totally different… or has stains etc. I’d take photos of it from lots of different angles… not of you or anyone else wearing it.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
real pictures will help. I wouldn’t buy anything the seller only had stock photos of. Put it on and have a modeling session with a friend.
Post # 8
@canarydiamond: That’s a good idea- thank you so much!
Post # 9
I agree with PP’s- I most def. will not purchase anything second-hand that has a stock image. It just makes me feel like there must be something wrong with it the seller is trying to hide- it shouldn’t take that much effort to take a real life pic of it…. If you don’t have a pic limit you could always post both your own & the stock…
Post # 10
I sell a lot on eBay and people always trust the sellers that post images of the actual item for purchase more than those that use ONLY the stock photo. Also, be sure to be detailed in your description of the dress.
I plan on re-selling my gown after the big day, I’ve never sold a wedding dress before but I’m gunning for half of what I paid as well. I expect it to be on of the hardest items to sell, and anticipate having to wait up to a year. I’m hoping that my wedding pictures will help sell the dress (not that this approach will help you in your current situation).