(Closed) Help / advice needed. Feel like I've been conned :(

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

so you loved the dress till you found out it wasn’t super expensive and even though you still got a discount from full retail you are mad?

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Gosh! I’m sorry you’ve had to experience all of that! The only piece of advice I can offer is forget about the dress and continue your search for the right one. You’d be surprishow what great dresses you can find for not a lot of money. I found my dream dress for $399 because it was being discontinued. It originally cost $1,200! Just like you mentioned, you’re exhausted and you shouldn’t be, not now! I hate that you went through the headache and spent the money but you’ll feel better on your day in a dress that didn’t come with so much unhappiness. Good luck!!!!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

@littlemisshostess:  Yes, of course she’s mad – she was LIED to. It’s not entirely about the utilitarian aspect. If the store had priced the gown honestly, she had tried it on, liked it, and paid the small discount, she would financially be in exactly the same place, but *emotionally* she would be in vastly better shape – and anyone who denies that wedding gowns are all about emotion is lying to themselves. Of COURSE she is upset.

OP, I’m so sorry you’ve been treated this way. That’s disgusting business practice. I would post richly detailed negative reviews about this bridal shop all over the internet, maybe write a letter to the local paper, etc. – that’s one of the only avenues of recourse you might have at this point, but I would totally use it to publicize this shady practice to other brides-to-be.

Also, does the Better Business Bureau or a similar organization exist where you are? I would recommend that you file a complaint with them. It may not get you much direct restitution, but it will contribute to creating a paper trail that documents this shop’s unsavory business practices. Again, bad press is one of the only – and strongest – weapons you can wield in cases like this.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I don’t understand.  Didn’t you see/feel/know the quality of the dress since you bought it in a brick and mortar store?  

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

This is the same thing that retail stores do. How else do you think they run ‘sales’?

Just love your dress.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Don’t settle on a dress!!!!! 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Sunflower–girl:  

i feel the same…..if you loved it enough to buy it right away with no research or anything i dont see how the % discount matters. now if you paid more than it was worth then you would have a clsim in my opinion but i dont know that a dress shop has any responsibilty to mark a dress at the best price. Many places play that mark up to discount game…..if getting a great deal was a priority the research before you buy not after.  to me.its about loving the dress not getting a deal (or having a fancy designer)

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@jpalm13:  Unfortunately, I agree…..

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Menomena:  this is terrible business practice and unfortunately it happens more than you realize.

you were lied to, deceived but you did not pay more for the dress than retail price.  i would be relieved about that. 

you have 2 options.  let it go and enjoy your dress or sell it privately (unfortunately for less than you paid for it) and buy a new one.

either way, i would definitely post a negative review about this wedding shop and let other brides be aware of their artificially inflated prices and fake sales.

like i said, this happens all of the time.  my mom went to value village (it’s like the goodwill) and found a vase or something that was priced at $4.  she turned it over and saw the original dollar store sticker of $1 on it.  she pointed it out to one of the employees and they just told her that it was priced based on what they thought someone would pay for it.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It doesn’t sound like there is much that you can do, other than write some bad reviews. I would just try to forget the negative stuff, and remember that you loved the dress when you bought it, remember the original experience in the store with your mom. You DO still have a designer dress and you even got to talk with the designer. You did still get a discounted price. All of the other stuff doesn’t matter. I think even if you did get a new dress that is still going to be in the back of your mind, but even more so because not only would you have spent the original $$ on the first dress, but you’d be spending even more on a 2nd dress.

Take a break from worrying about the dress, spend some time with your Darling Husband, start thinking about your accessories instead.

Good luck! And sorry you had this horrible experience.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

This is fraud.  Contact a lawyer if it’s worth it to you.  Or small claims court.  I don’t know how the court systems work in the UK. 

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

it’s definitely not an ethical practice what they did, however I don’t understand the issue if you love the dress.  It’s not like they misled you abotu the quality of the fabric – you tried the dress on!  It sounds like you still got it for under the actual retail price so I really don’t see an issue whatsoever. 

It seems liek an exorbitant mark up but it happens all the time.  Zales is infamous for it – they fabricate inflated prices on their rings just so they can discount them to make it look like a great sale, when the sale price is really the original price you should be paying!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m confused by how many people are saying this is a terrible practice…..its business, guys. Why aren’t all retailers being taken to court for ‘fraud’? Does anyone here actually think companies are taking a 40% hit when something is on sale/clearance? Everywhere does this. There’s no reason to sell things at cost because then you make no money. The dress place is the manufacturer, the shop is the distributor and you are the end user. Each person who holds the product adds a markup when they sell it later so they can stay in business. Not much of a new concept.

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