(Closed) How long did it take you to sell your dress on a preowned wedding site?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How long did it take to sell your dress online?
    It took me about a month to sell my dress : (2 votes)
    29 %
    It took me between 2-5 months to sell my dress : (3 votes)
    43 %
    It took me between 5-12 months to sell my dress : (0 votes)
    It took me over a year to sell my dress : (2 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
    853 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    If you really need to sell it quickly, you’ll probably need to drop your price another few hundred dollars – otherwise what’s the incentive for a bride to buy it through you rather than a shop? I’d suggest $1200 max, and it still might take a bit.

    Post # 4
    5657 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    It is a brand new, never worn dress, but I still think you will need to drop the price at least $200 more unfortunately, unless you’re willing to wait a while.

    Post # 5
    328 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I agree, a $100 price drop wouldnt convince me to purchase your dress, especially since if I bought at a “trunk show” I’d get a 10% or $160 discount.

    I think you realisticly need to start the dress at a 30% discount (just under 1200).

    I too had dress regret but rather than try to sell my dress at a loss I just gave up the original deposit (which was still a hit).

    Post # 6
    7779 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I sold my brand new, never worn Alfred Sung for $300 on OnceWed… and it took me over a year to do it. I wanted the thing gone.

    You really, really need to dop your price. I’d start at a MAX of $1200 and be willing to go even lower, personally. The faster you want it gone, the lower you’re going to have to go.

    Post # 7
    4150 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I sold mine within a month but I lost a few hundred dollars on it. 

    Post # 8
    156 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    FYI… if you post it on Craigslist, only deal locally with cash. Read up on scams, because people have been known to fake e-mails that look like they’re from paypal saying there has been money deposited into your account. I listed my dress on Craigslist and I got immediate responses in broken english from people who wanted to buy it with a cashier’s check. I didn’t bother to respond. Recycledbride.com allows you to list your dress for free, and if it doesn’t sell you can upgrade your dress to be a “featured item” for $10/month. Oncewed is also free. Preownedweddingdresses has a one-time charge of $25, and it will be listed until it sells. Reducing the price by 10% or more bumps it back to the first page. I just listed a dress the other day and I haven’t sold it yet, but I’m not in a huge rush so I haven’t discounted it yet. I agree with the others, $100 isn’t enough of a discount to take a chance on a dress you can’t try on. Most people shopping on those sites are looking for a fantastic deal, or looking for a very specific dress. I am listing on every free site first, then if I haven’t sold it I will probably drop the price a bit and pay the extra to get it listed as a featured item and also on preownedweddingdresses. Also, when you list it be as descriptive as possible, and include pictures of yourself in the dress as well. 

    Post # 10
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Even if you have all the time in the world, you will not get $1500 for a $1600 dress. Why would someone risk an online transaction from a stranger when they can get a guarantee and a brand new dress from a salon for $100 more? You’re going to need to drop 20% as a starting point, and expect people to offer you less.

    Post # 11
    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Price it right and it’s going to go fast.  That dress has been on your body and in your house–the value is immediately reduced by 25-30%.  If you had actually worn it, the value would be down 50-75%.  


    The way you have it priced is not going to sell.  I could go right now and get a cootie-free (i.e. not worn by anyone or in anyone’s house) dress for $100 more.  I wouldn’t have to deal with a personal seller, I wouldn’t have to worry about you being honest rdg smoke/pet smells.  I wouldn’t have to worry about you being honest rgd the condition of the dress–saving $100 is not worth all that hassle.  If I had the budget for a $1500 dress then I could have the budget for a $1600 dress–I wouldn’t be looking for it on a preowned dress site.  The women who are on there are looking for major discounts and are willing to take those risks to get the dress they want for a price they can afford.  I bought my Wai Ching dress preowned for $300.  That is a $2000 dress–I bought it within a few hours of it being posted–I was super lucky because the poster was *bombarded*.  The same goes for furniture and other household things on craigslist.  It’s been in your house–I don’t care how much you paid for it, it has your cooties and I have to deal with a person instead of an employee so I am out for a deal that is worth the effort.


    In your shoes, I’d probably price it at $1000 and see how that works out.  If it’s not gone in a week or two, drop it to $900 and keep going until it’s gone.  Yes you’re going to lose a lot of money but that’s what happens when you buy something and change your mind.

    Post # 12
    5984 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I waited over a year and a half and still could not sell it. I ended up giving it to a friend in need of a dress but a very low budget. It went to an amazing gal! 😀

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