Post # 1
Since my first thread on this didn’t get any play, I’ll try again…I have two dresses listed for sale and got inquiries on both, but I’m completely ignorant on the process. I figured Escrow.com is the way to go for secure payment, but don’t know what’s the best way for shipping. Could you please answer my questions if you’ve done this before:
– What shipping service did you use and how much were the shipping charges? (Fedex, UPS etc)
– What kind of packaging to use to make sure dress doesn’t get damaged? Do you fold it and stuff it in a box?
– Anyone with international transaction experience? How did you ship overseas and were shipping charges outrageous?
– What kind of shipping confirmation do I need for a service like Escrow.com? Does regular USPS work?
Please help, I’d really like to sell these dresses soon!
Post # 3
I purchased a sample online and the lady pretty much threw it in a box, the dress was in a plastic zipper bag. You can go online, they have shipping calculators to help you determine the shipping costs. Oversees is generally pretty expensive, but if shipped slowly it costs much less. We used paypal for the payment.
Post # 4
Thanks cbee. I tried the UPS shipping calculator for South Korea and it estimated over $1000! Has to be wrong.
Post # 5
have you tried stopping by a UPS location or a Staples which has in-store UPS processing center and ask them to weight your package and give you an estimate?
Post # 6
The best way to figure shipping is to plug in the address of the person you are shipping to on each shipping site; ie., USPS, FedEx, or UPS. It will depend on the size of the box you are shipping and the weight of the dress. Box up the dress and measure and weigh the box after you have put everything in it. I ship a lot of items and it just depends on the location of the person receiving the item as to how much it will cost. If the dress will fit in a flat rate priority box, that will probably be your least expensive option. If the dress is extremely heavy or the box is big, then UPS or FedEx will probably be your best bet, but you really need to plug in the address, box size, and weight of the box to get the best price. It is also less expensive to purchase your shipping online. You can get free priority boxes from the post office. Make sure you purchase the insurance and get a signed for delivery option; just to cover yourself.
I do not recommend taking your package to a shipping place because they will charge you exhorbitant fees above what it actually costs to ship your package. If you can, print out your postage online and then drop your package off at wherever your chosen shipper ships out of.
I always use PayPal when selling because it covers both the seller and the buyer.
Post # 7
I sold a dress on PW and shipped it UPS. I plan on listing my Maggie replica for sale very soon, and it’s VERY heavy…have no idea where to begin with this dress!
Post # 8
Thanks ladies. I took the dress to a UPS store today and they quoted about $350 to Korea, less than $50 in the US. Huge difference. Both my dresses are big and heavy with long trains, so I don’t see them fitting into anything small but I’ll look into the flat rate priority box. It would be great if I could find a local buyer! It’s hard enough to part with your dress but it was killing me watching the guy fold and flatten it trying to make it as small as possible.
Post # 9
I bought a dress on preowned. It was shipped to me in a flat rate box, packaged in a dry cleaner’s bag. (It was a simple J Crew). I ended up not wearing it (b/c I didn’t want a strapless), so I sold it before my wedding. When I sold it, I included priority mail shipping in the cost. We did the transaction (for both) via paypal. I managed to ship it for about $13.
That being said, I had my favors shipped from Hong Kong. They billed my fed ex account (I set one up just to pay for my favors) and was able to get a 10% discount through the Texas Bar Association. They shipped 3 boxes–2 were the size of book boxes but not nearly as heavy. Shipping (2nd day air) and taxes were about $350.
Post # 10
I bought a used dress. We used PayPal (I felt more secure that way, as I know it, and we avoided fees) and the dress was shipped UPS. It was about $50 in a big box from Santa Fe to Chicago.
The dress came in great shape, it was in the original garment bag and a dry cleaner’s plastic.
Hope that helps a little!
Post # 11
I had a lace and organza Vera Wang dress ship for $30, but that was continental US. It was in the dress bag and that was stuffed into a box. It’s going to get wrinkled no matter what, so you may as well try to save postage and go with the smallest box it’ll comfortable fit in. I have purchased two separate items used and one shipper used USPS with delivery confirmation and the other used UPS and had me sign for it. It’s up to you, really. I have a dress listed for sale, and I’ve had multiple inquiries but no one has followed through. Since I am eating the shipping cost, I am not going to sell to anyone outside the US (or maybe Canada), or if I do, I’d have them pay shipping.
Post # 12
@meliss: I bought a used dress (on Weddingbee) and we used Paypal to pay, including shipping (I asked that she get several quotes first and the best was USPS). She sent it in a pretty large box (it was a big dress) and it was in the original zipper bag, plus she put that in a very large, see thru, very thick bag and tied it about three times so no water could get in, and then rolled it in one sheet of bubble wrap. I really appreciated her effort. 🙂
Post # 13
@noritake22 – “I always use PayPal when selling because it covers both the seller and the buyer.”
I may be buying a dress on Sun. and I was looking into Paypal and from what I understood the Buyer is only protected through Paypal for transactions only done on Ebay. It’s called “Buyer Protection” However, any transactions other than Ebay the only thing I could do if I get screwed is make a claim and if I have the documentation to back it up they can try to take the money from their Paypal account. Obviously though if they have no money in it, they can’t take anything.
Do you know if this is right…?? TIA!
Post # 14
@Gizmo19: yep this is right. I wouldn’t go through Paypal with a transaction for hundreds of dollars and no way of seeing feedback from other transactions. Unless you were going through eBay.
I’m buying my dress through preownedweddingdresses.com and we’re using the escrow service. It costs $25 but it seems much safer. it does take a lot longer though. we had to send a check and it will take 10 days for it to clear!
Post # 15
@Gizmo19: Unless they have changed their rules, sales other than ebay should be covered on for the buyer. I have had to dispute a purchase that wasn’t made on ebay as a buyer and it was decided in my favor. It may be because I have their debit card though. I am not sure, but it worked out for me.