Post # 1
Hi girls (and fella)! I think this has come up before but I’m trying to understand the rationale so please bear with me. I was looking at pre-owned wedding gowns. I’ve looked on Ebay, pre-owned wedding dresses, recycled bride, and even here. If I could pay $600 for a gown, why wouldn’t I try to get a new one? I don’t want to cause trouble, I just want to understand.
Post # 3
@Ms.Shamrock: I have had the same problem, I am happy to buy a second hand dress, I’m not looking for something designer but there are so many second hand dresses out there that are much more expensive than buying a brand new one.
The only suggestion I have is that people are trying to make back the money that they spent on the dress? If it was a very expensive dress, 600 could be half the price? Good luck with looking, I hope you find one soon!
Post # 4
I think a lot of people are trying to recoup a large cost of the dress and it has sentimental value to them, so they sell it for what they feel it is worth. Also bridal stores sell sample gowns in worse condition for more than that, so brides often feel like there price is still a deal.
I agree though, I would rather buy a new dress for $600 than a used one.
Post # 5
Any used dress is going to cost a percentage of what it originally cost. Expecting to get a $3,000 dress for next to nothing is a little unrealistic. A dress having been worn for only 8 hours or so doesn’t mean it isn’t worth anything. That’s actually barely worn, by the standards of any other garment! I think you should look at it as the price cut for the TYPE of gown. Yes, you can go to David’s Bridal and get a new gown for $600. But you can’t get a new Vera Wang or other designer gown for that, even used. You should be able to get 1/3 off or more on those gowns used, though. If you go and try on dresses, it may be wise to see if you can find your “one” used before buying it new – you could save a lot!
Post # 6
@crayfish:I completely agree.
When looking at gowns, note the designer, material used, embellishments and general condition/design year.
Post # 7
I just don’t think I would look at a dress thinking, “Wow, I’ll look great in that and I bet I could resell it for $xxx!”. I know it sounds silly, but that’s how I feel. It could just be that I’m frustrated and a little over-emotional right now.
Thanks for your input about the more expensive gowns though. I didn’t think about that part.
Post # 8
@crayfish: I think my issue isn’t usually that it is used, but that there are so many unknowns with buying from people through these means. Truthfulness about the condition of the dress, accurate measurements, is it actually an original, etc. When you are spending $600, you want to be sure you are getting what you expect. With a new dress there is a greater likelihood of it turning out like you expect. That is why I would prefer a new dress that isn’t so designer to a used designer dress bought from these sites.
Post # 9
I agree that if it was an expensive dress marked down, I’d understand. But I saw some people trying to sell their dresses for almost full price which is what confused me. My dress was listed as used for $1200. The new dress was $1258. But as said, if it’s marked down from like $2000 to $1000 I understand.
Post # 10
Buyer Beware. You need to be an educated consumer when shopping, especialy online. Unfortunately there are too many dishonest people out there. Also, one person’s “bargain” price may not match yours.
Post # 11
I totally get what you mean.
I feel like brides need to understand that if you want to sell your dress, it has to be a DEAL for the purchaser. It doesn’t have to be a firesale, but $200 off if the dress is $1,500K? Is that a joke? I’d probably have to spend the same amount in alterations, IF the dress even fit me after it’s already been fitted for the original bride.
But then again, perhaps they’re operating under the philosophy that you only need one buyer and there’s no problem being patient.
Post # 12
Yeah, I totally understand what you’re saying. An altered gown that has been sweated in for hours is not worth percentage-wise what I see online. I definitely have found very few gowns that are worth paying 80-90% of the original cost–they’re the ones where the brides buy multiple gowns and only wear one of them so they’re new and unaltered.
Post # 13
@crayfish: “A dress having been worn for only 8 hours or so doesn’t mean it isn’t worth anything. That’s actually barely worn, by the standards of any other garment!”
I have to disagree because of the nature of the garment. It’s only intended to be worn once, and having been altered, it is actually more worn to me than another type of garment. It irritates me when brides play the “worn only once” or “only wore it for a few hours” line because… duh. The only difference in that respect is that I might pay a teeny bit more for a ceremony dress that was not worn to the reception. Maybe.
And my feelings on used dress pricing is all over the boards already so I will just give the short version — Do not include your alterations in your price because the buyer will likely need to pay for more of her own. And ANY consumer good depreciates 50% just by leaving the store. So… yes.
Post # 14
It depends on the price of the dress that you are hoping to buy. I bought a pre-owned dress because it was a good philosophical fit for me (I like recycling and reusing) but also because I wouldn’t be able to afford the full price of the dress. I don’t think $600 is too much for a dress that retailed for twcie that much. Of course, if the dress was only $600 to begin with, then the person is asking too much.
Post # 15
I think resold gowns are a curious thing. If you are sentimental… keep the dress. Don’t charge someone else for your feelings about a dress. Custom made designer gowns were designed for the first bride, and the original price reflects that… but a secondary owner isn’t getting it custom made for their body. They should not be asked to pay the same price. Don’t pay full price for a gown that is not new.
Post # 16
I might be misunderstanding your question so I’ll answer in two parts. If someone’s selling a used dress for $600 that costs $650 in retail, yeah, that’s unrealistic and the dress is not going to sell. I see very few cases like this, most of the time the bride will realize they’re asking too much after getting no interest and reduce the price unless they’re totally clueless.
However if you’re asking why you should pay $600 for ANY used dress , well…That’s like asking why you should pay $10K for a used Porsche when you can buy a brand new Geo. It’s all about relative value for the designer, retail price and the quality of the dress. On POWD.com there’s a used Vera Wang that sold for almost $5,000 and I’m sure it was a good deal for the buyer.
I sold a brand new David’s Bridal dress with tags on for $600, and a used Lazaro for $1700. First one cost me $1K in retail, second one cost $4K. I really think the second dress was more of a steal than the first one for the buyer. In fact she wrote me an email afterwards saying she couldn’t believe what great condition the dress was in and how beautiful it was in person. So just because a dress is used, doesn’t mean it should be dirt cheap.