Post # 1
Okay, so I’ve tried to dig up some posts about women buying their dress from an eBay seller, but I’m not having huge amounts of luck.
BG: I’m cheap. I admit it. I know that “it’s the one day to splurrrrrge”, but that’s not me. Plus, I can’t find a dress I like from a designer (Maggie Sottero is the closest I’ve gotten) that I’d be willing to spend that much $ on. I love the designs of some I’ve found on eBay. I’ve heard that the quality of the dress can be “less than superb”, but I figure that as long as it doesn’t bust and spill any goods, I’m not too concerned with the quality.
So, onto the point of my post…
Does anyone have any experience (good or bad) with dealing with an eBay dress? Do you think it’s worth the “gamble”?
Post # 3
I bought both of my dresses off ebay. I can’t justify spending HEAPS of money on a dress for less than a day. It’s not me either! I found two very pretty dresses for under 300 TOTAL. One was a stock size, and it fits Perfect. The second I sent my measurements in, and they make it to fit me. The custom size one is taking 2-3 months to get here, but I’m ok with that. They even do returns/refunds, but myself or my mom can make any slight alterations if it needs.
Quality wise, the dress I have already is not SUPERB quality, but I didn’t really care about that either. It looks great. I mean how bad can you mess up satin and tulle!
Good luck! I took the risk with ebay, and I’m pleased so far!
(and if the 2nd dress sucks, well, i already have one to fall back on :P)
Post # 4
@Miarose: david tutera always says DO NOT BUY YOUR DRESS OFF THE INTERNET!!!!
i wouldent do it its your day get the dress you want and love im cheap too but im not going to be cheap on my wedding gown or the dress im wearing after the wedding.
Post # 5
but sometimes you can luck out. i bought a jasmine couture ball gown new with tags for $50 shipped. i think it also helped that i was buying around the holidays, so not as much wedding planning was going on around that time. i agree that it’s totally not worth spending hundreds if not thousands for an item of clothing only to be worn for a few hours total. but with a few alterations, i came to truly adore my dress. and you might luck out that way. at $50, for me, it was well worth the gamble. you just have to decide for yourself what type of a budget you’d be willing to risk. good luck!
Post # 6
I would say as long as quality isn’t the biggest issue for you, then go for it! There are also a lot of brides who have gone the Jasmine Bridal or Dressilyme route that have had some very good things to say about their experiences. Best of luck finding your dress!
Post # 7
I bought a genuine alfred angelo disney dress (ariel) for £150 shipped from ebay. Alot of bridal stores sell their sample dresses on ebay and you can get a real bargain. Mine was in perfect condition, barring a few dust marks on the underneath of the train of the dress (which i knew about before I received, i used an unscented baby wipe and they all came off). Most sellers I came across described any marks or problems, and you should always check their feedback. I think a tip though is to get a dress with a corset back if possible. I did that and it fits perfectly. Ones with zippers are more of a risk but I think a lot of dresses can be altered into a corset back quite easily and cheapily so if you fall in love with one with a zipper its not a problem. I also ordered a china replica from ebay, for £40 shipped, i was a bit disappointed with the quality, the finished dress had lots of threads hanging loose and the embellishment were cheap sequins – however for £40 it was very pretty and would have suited my beach wedding, we then decided to go for a church wedding after all, hence the alfred angelo. I sold the chinese replica for £50 on ebay so i made money 🙂 good luck
Post # 8
I’ve had a couple of internet disastors, and just on the weekend purchased one from a store off the rack. Some stores can really discount their rack dresses. When they are side by side, I can notice the quality difference, but if I wore one of my internet dresses I don’t think people would really realise it wasn’t the same quality (it’s more noticable side by side).
I will say though that the amount I spent on internet dresses has almost equalled the one I bought from the store, so it’s not always as cost effective as you might think – unless you get lucky and get a perfect dress first time!!
Good luck to you! 🙂
Post # 9
Like PP’s said, it’s hit and miss. Do lots of research on sellers.
Also, order is super early! That way WORST CASE, you can instigate a back up plan.
Post # 10
I got my dress on eBay but I tried one on at David’s bridal first and then found it cheaper on eBay. I too didn’t want to spend a ton of money but the way I did it really worked well because I knew how it would fit and I knew what the quality would be. So my advice would be to go to a shop that you can still afford ( in case you fall in love with a dress that you can’t find on eBay) write down the designer and style and then try and find it on eBay. My dress was 750 in store and I got it slightly used on eBay for 175
Post # 11
i agree with fayrhiannon. Both of my dresses are lace up corset backs to help accomodate it not fitting 100% out of the box. Having a dress I liked, no matter if its made in china, or by some designer was weighed by the cost of it. I can’t justify a lot of money on something I’ll wear once, but that is just me. Maybe I got lucky, but my one dress is great, and for 94 dollars, how can i really go wrong. LOL
Post # 12
I’ve brought a dress off ebay, for my first marriage. I got really lucky. The beading was excellent, the fabric was awesome as well. It is really basically a hit and miss. The dress I ordered, looked almost exactly like the picture that was on the model. There was a few different details, but I expected that. I had it custom made with a lace up back, just incase the size was to big, cause I would rather it be to big than to small =)
I just looked for a seller that was a “power seller” and had a very high and good feedback score.
I’m thinking for my 2nd marriage, I will try Jasmine’s Bridal Shop. I’ve seen alot of really good reviews on them, but then again, its basically the same thing, as dealing with a seller on ebay, it might be fab, or it might not. I just always try to tell myself, if the dress doesnt come out like the way I want, that I took that gamble, instead of going to a bridal shop.
Good luck in your decision.
Post # 13
I forgot to include that I’ve been to every bridal shop in town and my style is not what they sell. No David’s Bridal can even come close to what I envision for this wedding, and the styles I like on eBay are….so ME.
If I can get my dream dress for less than $200, I might go for it. Whether it’s perfectly made or not.
One of the reasons I even looked on eBay is because I couldn’t find anything worth the price at any bridal shop, or even online.
Post # 14
I didn’t buy my dress on ebay, but my wedding should have been sponsored by ebay. I’ve bought: my wedding ring, FI’s ring, my veil, all my jewelry, my (discontinued) nail colour, my petticoat, cluthes for all my BMs (NWT!)….I could go on.
First off, I would go to a bridal salon and see if you can try on a similar dress to make sure you like the cut/fabric, etc.
I would check the person’s rating first and foremost, and make sure you read through because someone people will have 2000+ ratings, but when you look the first 1990 are for tools, or something random….make sure their positive feedback is for the item you’re buying, or something similar!
Make sure you pay with PayPal so you have a back up if anything goes wrong.
And order early! That way if it isn;t what you want you have time to find something else.
Post # 15
If your wedding is October next year, you still have time 🙂 I would order one and see how it is…just don’t get caught up ordering multiples (I did!) it works out costly! You could see a dress maker about making it?
I found with my china dresses, the fabric they were made from seemed to be more like a lining fabric, rather than a satin. I am sure you can get some that use better quality materials though…..good luck!! 🙂
Post # 16
@sara_tiara: I’m totally in that same boat! FI’s ring, the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, etc. All excellent prices and well made. We have such a small budget, it’s working for us so far.
I’ve had a lot of experience with eBay, but thank you for the tips. I’m a very careful shopper, because I have to be such a Scrooge with my money lol.