(Closed) General grumpy rant about bridal markup

posted 6 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
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3697 posts
Sugar bee

You’re absolutely right, but we live in a market-driven society and of course people are going to take advantage of the fact that where weddings are concerned, common sense frequently (thought not always) goes out the window.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I completely agree that bridal stores that charge $90 for a Chinese manufactured item is ridiculous.  They obviously have costs associated with running a business and having a storefront, but not enough to justify that kind of markup!  I am glad that you were a smart shopper and found the item you wanted at the price you wanted!

On the other hand, there IS a difference between an item you find on Etsy vs. something at the Icing.  The difference between the $12 comb at the Icing and the $30 comb on Etsy is the cost of labor.  Etsy items are handmade (well *should* be but I suspect some people just resell items which is technically not allowed on the site).  The factory in China that made it pays their workers hardly anything by our standards, but the cost of living is different over there.  The Etsy artist that lives in the US that designed and made the $30 piece has a different cost of living and can’t afford to charge $12 for a piece that probably took her 3+ hours to make.  

 

Post # 5
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13017 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I was really annoyed to find the $150 veils…  it’s a piece of netting with lace on the edges, c’mon…

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