(Closed) Feeling ripped off! Advice please!!!

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

Is it possible the price for the veil has dropped? You did buy it four months ago, and prices do change. It may not be as popular now, and maybe it’s on sale. Just a thought. But I don’t think I’d immediately jump to concluding I had been ripped off, especially since you’re comparing prices across a significant period of time.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t know – I have seen many instances where I could find a product (including wedding apparel) for 50% or less of what was being charged in a store. It doesn’t always mean you were deliberately ripped off. Now if I could find SEVERAL places with the item at a far lessor price THEN there would be an issue. I would then print out advertisements/web pages of the veil at the lessor price and go to the manager and say “See? Stores X, Y, and Z, ALL have this veil for less – now what are you going to do about it?’. If that didn’t work, I would SLAM the shop with every ratings/review site known to humankind.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@J-Bride:  Are you looking at online prices or prices at bridal stores? Online prices are always going to be cheaper and may be replicas.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It’s very possible the price dropped when the fashion season switched. New collections are usually more than previous ones (even in the same year because its spring/fall lines). Veil prices are also already so out of comprehension that it may very well be that your salon simply upcharges whereas other places are discounting. Oddly, with a lot of these things, if you see the price online it may also be regarding selling the sample which would be a lot less too.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you were willing to pay it when you bought it, then try not to feel ripped off.  Prices can always drop, for items like this it could always be cheaper elsewhere or not, its just the way things go.  I dont think you have any ground to stand on to tell her she over charged you.  You wanted the veil, you willingly bought it at the price she told you.  It sucks to find it for less, but I’m not sure there much that can be done about it.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You’re saying on sale, could they be at a 50% sale price vs the full price you were charged? Also as pp’s said online prices are usually much lower and prices drop over time. This is just to say they might not be intentionally trying to swindle you but I think it’s worth a shot to see if they’ll lower the price a bit.

P.S. Personally I find almost all veil prices are waaaaayyyyyyy too high, some may have detailed hand beading and lace so labour hours might justify some of the cost but I will be making my own unless I find one for cheap.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Treeline:  This as well.

You rarely see the prices posted online because they don’t want you to comparison shop. So when I see prices posted online I usually start wondering if it is replica/resale/damaged/sample. Especially for veils over a certain price point.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@J-Bride:  At this point there isn’t much you can do then. You can bring in some print outs of online prices (but you’re better off proving a brick-and-mortar store was selling at the lower price so the store can’t claim overhead costs as justification) and seeing if they can cut you a break or throw in a free accessory or cut alterations costs.  But after that, your best bet is really to try to just love the veil. It sucks to see you overpaid but you weren’t truly ripped off because they didn’t lie or anything illegal, so it’s probably better for you to try to make peace with it and be happy you love the veil 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The Princess Experience is not free! The higher prices cover overhead, extras (glass of champagne while you shop?), even totally legit things like better-trained sales people.  I don’t think there’s anything you can do but chalk it up to experience. And don’t tell your dad. He doesn’t need to know – it would just diminish the moment for him. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Really the only one you can be mad at in this situation is yourself, for not doing some research and comparison shopping before agreeing to the pricing on the veil. Which is not meant to make you feel worse than you already do, so please don’t take it the wrong way, but just showing that the bridal shop didn’t do anything “wrong” by setting their price where they did. Prices will vary among the brick-and-mortar stores and not just online. A shop in downtown NYC or LA will charge more than a shop in suburban Florida because it costs a lot more to do business there. And if a store sets a price unreasonably high for an item, the consumer always has the chance to not buy at that price.

If the price was not disclosed before you and your father agreed to pay, you might be able to negotiate, but seeing as how you agreed to their price, all you can do now is try to take it as a lesson for other large purchases in the future.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It wouldn’t hurt to ask them about it. I mean, the worse they can say is “I’m sorry. You bought the veil at that price so you’re stuck with it.” And if they do say that it will be okay because you got a beautiful veil as a special gift from your dad (I’m totally going to invite my dad to my next fitting now).

If it were me, I would print off everything you found with the lower price online and, especially get the quotes from the other local bridal shops as they’re probably the store’s biggest competitors. Take it all to the store manger or owner and say something like this:

“I found this price online and I started to do some research and found out that you overcharged and I paid entirely too much for this. It really hurt because it made me feel like you thought I was naïve but my father was believed that as the correct price because I TRUSTED YOU. It makes me feel like giving a negative online review of your store (which would  say that they overprice their items by a lot) but I would really hate to do that because I had such a wonderful experience here with everything else. Is there any there anything you could do to help me out such as giving me a partial discount on my alternations / shoes /whatever…”

But make sure you do your research first to double check that they really did over charge you.

 

 

 

 

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