(Closed) How much to resell unused dress for? [PICS]

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Motor museum

Personally I would say $800 – $900. I am from the UK so sorry if I am wrong.

Post # 4
1606 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I probably won’t be popular with my answer but used is used. It’s hard (as a bride) to buy something that isn’t from the actual retailer. Regardless of how ‘new’ or ‘unused’ it is it’s still technically second-hand – because if I am going to pay full price – why wouldn’t get it from the retailer anyways?

Mark the price down and this should be easier. It sucks to watch money go out the window but it’s a hard truth.

You can try posting it on recycled bride/tradesy and a few other sites (maybe even the classifieds here) but I will say there is a chance it won’t move quickly. Keep that in mind.

Post # 5
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Motor museum

Since is hasn’t been altered would the shop take it back for some credit? Not full price but something?

Post # 6
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d buy something “used” that was technically brand new for $800 probably.  The savings has to be significant enough to justify not just ordering it myself brand new from the salon.  

You can always start high and lower the cost.  Or, ask for best offers and see what people are willing to pay.  

Post # 7
1868 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think I would sell it for $800-$900. If you dont get any bites you can always lower the price.

Post # 8
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Motor museum

What about having a day and evening dress? It is lovely. I imagine evening lights would really set it off. I am not going to start going on about how lovely you look (but you do). I can tell you have made up your mind.

Post # 9
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

1. You are getting married in A2? Where at? I love A2 and live nearby! 🙂

2. Yes, you need to feel marvelous in your dress and if you dont, find a new one (if you can afford it) If you live in MI, try Dior bridal in Dearborn, I got my dress there, they are wonderful . Also try Elizabeths bridal in Northville. I got my girls dresses there and almost my dress, the ladies are so sweet there! 

3. I would say you want the $1200 but also say best offer? I wouldnt take anything lower than $900 though. 

Post # 10
3053 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I agree with about $800. Will the shop not allow any trading even if you trade up to a more expensive dress?

Post # 11
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@suburbian:  +1 This 

Honestly, I wouldn’t pay more than half of the original MSRP of a dress that wasn’t directly from a store. There are certain complications and drawbacks to buying a dress from anyone other than directly from a retailer and if I’m going to potentially face those issues then I need to have major savings. That store may not neccesarily treat that 2ndary bride that buys your dress the same way they’d treat you. 

Examples of these complications: Dress (manufacturing) flaws that weren’t initially noticeable, re-sizing (it may not have been altered yet but it was purchased with your body in mind, not mine), storage of dress until the big day, etc… 

@keranos:  +1 This too 

Try to get store credit. Maybe use it towards the Bridesmaids dresses or the dresses of the Moms if you already have another dress selected elsewhere. 

Post # 12
1853 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’d say about 800-900. Brides who are looking for a used dress are looking for a deal-not full price. Dress regret is so hard on brides becasue it usually means losing money on a dress.


I’m sorry. ::hug::

Post # 13
4436 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@soontobemrsm11:  +1

The bridal shop should let you trade up? The dress shop I bought from offered 20% discounts, so that would put your dress around $960. Second hand dresses are tricky- a lot of ppl are opposed to them because of “bad karma” or wanting something brand new for their special day. I think anything over $800 would be good.

Post # 14
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Did you try the new dress on when it came on? Technically that wouldn’t be a used dress if it came into the store w/tags and that stuff. Just a brand new dress that you changed your mind on.

if you can’t get store credit try to sell on a wedding site. MANY brides do this due to dress regret. Or a 2 dress bride. Maybe take off a couple hundred but don’t go too low. This dress just came in.

Post # 15
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

You look beautiful! I would start out at $900. The good news is that it’s a pretty popular dress. 

Post # 16
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

First gotta say, the Dress IS GORGEOUS !!

And you do look beautiful in it…

BUT I get the whole, this ain’t the one thing.

When I was looking for my own dress I checked a lot of on-line sales (as one option)

From what I saw, NEW Dresses with tags un-altered (which yours is) seemed to be going on average for 75% to 80% of the full price… and one would assume that you’d have to provide the potential buyer with a copy of the receipt to prove what you paid for it (just the bill of sale / tags, not the bit that would show your Credit Card info etc)

A truly USED Dress would go for aprox 50% less than the bought price.

Hope this helps,

PS… Agree with the others, as the dress is still at the shop, and in storage with them, has the tags and hasn’t been altered etc… I’d be asking them if they could make you some sort of deal on a trade in if you were to buy a dress at the same cost or more expensive yet.

Would certainly like to see you get closer to the $ 1200 worth for your dress than say $ 800 or $ 900


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