(Closed) How should used items be priced?

posted 9 years ago in Money
  • poll: What should the price cut be when selling used items?
    50% or more of the original purchase price : (12 votes)
    29 %
    35 - 49% of the original purchase price : (9 votes)
    22 %
    20 - 34% of the original purchase price : (2 votes)
    5 %
    depends on the condition of the item : (18 votes)
    44 %
  • Post # 3
    2857 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

    I think that the price should be cut a LOT. I don’t have a specific percentage in mind, but the way I look at it is: if I’m only saving a few bucks, I’d rather just spend the money to get something new. If I’m going to buy a used product, I better save a lot of money.

    I see it all the time with used wedding gowns. People will try to sell a used dress for $100 off the new price. No thanks. I’d rather spend $100 for a ew dress.

    Post # 5
    3126 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    I think half the price they paid is reasonable. It drives me crazy when I see dresses for sale for a a couple hundred off of THOUSANDS of dollars and they have been worn.

    Post # 6
    1251 posts
    Bumble bee

    Yeah, I can’t believe this Maggie dress I want desperatly is used, and she only marked it down $200! It was originally $1,200, now $1,000, I would consider buying it around $800.


    Post # 7
    2788 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I agree with both of you.  The items should have a significant discount.

    Post # 9
    433 posts
    Helper bee

    It also drives me crazy when I find a good deal on a pre-owned item but then when you factor in the shipping it comes out to more than just driving to a store and buying the item new, or using some kind of free shipping promo online.

    I like the idea of helping someone make some money back.. but it’s got to be worth it for me too.

    Post # 10
    2201 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I figure that for most items they should be discounted 50% or more. I always love finding used votive candles in containers that they’re trying to sell with a 25% discount. Sorry, but you’ve already used 8 out of the 10 burning hours, all I’m really getting are votive holders (after I put in the elbow grease to get the used wax out of the inside).

    Post # 11
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I have a huge problem with ‘Used” prices.  I guess where I come from, or the way I was raised- I think things should be largely discounted once used.  Some people seem to have become really greedy with the recession (?) and the implementation of the ability (via the internet) to cash out. 

    I found things new that cost less than “used!”  It is sad…

    Post # 12
    2236 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I actually got in a slight email argument with a woman over Craigslist for this same reason!  She was selling her used cricut for $150, it did come with a FEW extras, but still, I could buy a brand new one FOR LESS!  And she was like, but I have all these extras…THAT I MAY OR MAY NOT USE LADY!  I just wanted the Cricut, lol.  Whatever, no Cricut for me…

    Post # 14
    10363 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Well, the thing with wedding dresses is: they were only worn fora FEW HOURS. It’s not like you’re buying something that was worn over and over, or shoes that have been worn for half a year. I think charging like 80% of the original purchase price of a gown is perfectly reasonable if it was only worn once. I think it’s kind of crazy to expect more to be knocked off than that. i know it happens, but I think it is crazy that people think that a thousand or more dollars should be lopped off for 7 hours worth of wear.

    Post # 16
    65 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    The biggest thing I notice this with is table linens.  Runners, covers, tablecloths, you name it.  I would expect to pay about half what they paid, but any more, tack on shipping and I might as well buy the darn pintuck satin linens as opposed to the polyester ones.  Granted, people buy them intending to sell them again, but that’s just it, they are used. 

    As for wedding dresses, i say about 70% of retail, seeing as you aren’t paying taxes, hopefully no or very little alterations, and sometimes they throw in the veil and crinni for free (at least the girl i bought mine off craigslist did).

    And what’s with the 7 1/2 cylinder vases being sold for upwards of $3 a peice when you can buy them at the DOLLAR TREE for A DOLLAR????  I guess maybe a higher quality?  Maybe Dollar Tree has a stigma?  Who knows.  Guess when it comes time to sell what I bought I will be the person holding the “power,” I just plan to be a little more reasonable!

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