(Closed) Haggling for an off-the-rack dress?

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

yeah but they only took the taxes off which was 13 % at that time so 15% isnt bad but its always worth a try they are trying to make the sale as much as you are trying to buy the dress

Post # 4
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

also sometimes it helps if you can find one small thing wrong with the dress thats not really noticable and tell them you were unaware of it and that you would like a larger discount to help pay for the the repair, i did this with my second dress and had them fix it for free plus 100 dollars off the price they offered me at the begining

Post # 5
3563 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I bought a sample, and got alterations and dry cleaning included in the price. It never hurts to ask!

Post # 6
128 posts
Blushing bee

maybe 15% if you pay cash and/or ask if they would throw in the veil.

Post # 7
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think you should get more then 15% off..

I got an Allure dress that was a sample, no one had even tried it on yet(they just got it in) and I got it for 20% off.. I think if a dress has been tried on by other people and they have had it more then a month, it should be atleast 25-30% off..IMO..

When I was at the Bridal salon, someone left a sheet of paper on the counter that showed the mark up that the different brands they carried, and they are all over 70%! They are making some serious bucks off us! They can order in another sample size really easily.

Have you Mom haggle with them (I was never a haggler until I start wedding planning).

I think Brides are not spending the kind of money they used to, and I would use that to you advantage! See if they can’t take more % off the dress, maybe they can pay for alterations?? Never hurts to ask 🙂 🙂 Good luck and let us know!

Post # 8
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I haggled for my off the rack dress. Clarice’s was having a 25% and 50% off sale. Basically, a room full of dresses that were either 25% or 50% off. No in-between. The dress I wanted was like $600 or whatever, and only 25% off. I wanted it and told my mom on the phone. She said “put me on the phone with the lady” then said “can we get the dress for 50% off?” and the lady said “no, but i can do 35%!” and I bought it right then and there.

She can always say no. I know it’s been 2 weeks…so what’d you do?

Post # 9
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I agree…markups everywhere!

Def do bring your mom and have her tactfully get that price down! 

I’m going to be an off the rack bride too (had to use my original gown $ for something serious…immediate need) and you can guarantee I’ll do the tactful haggle too 🙂

I bet you’ll get a good bit off!

Post # 10
23 posts

Can you girls tell me exactly what  you said? I really would like to haggle for the off the rack dress but not sure what to say. Thanks In Advance

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