(Closed) How to purchase an oncewed dress safely?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010


I’m on the other end of the spectrum trying sell a dress on oncewed . I’ve never sold anything online before so I’m as nervous and wary as you are 🙂 I’ve found out through research that Escrow.com and Paypal are the two forms of payment that are secure both for the buyer and the seller. The money is not delivered to the seller until shipment confirmation is received and funds are verified. I believe they both also have various procedures in place for dealing with complaints from either party.

For buying a used dress I would recommend the following to avoid any surprises:

1) See and try on the dress in an actual store if possible

2) Ask for photos of actual dress in current condition

3) Get detailed bust-waist-hip-height measurements of the bride or the dress, not just street size

4) Ask for detailed description of alterations made

5) Ask for a full disclosure on any rips, stains etc it may have (and document so you can use for a complaint/return later if it comes to that)

I hear more good stories of online wedding dress transactions than bad, so good luck to both of us!

Post # 4
10 posts

Hi this is a great post!


Our boutique is actually looking into a department specializing in onceweddresses or stock, off the rack, pieces we have in the store. Since it’s hard to show detail of dress even with photo, video, or skype, we’re going to institute a program where we hold a security deposit on the gown and ship it to the bride so she can try it on for 24 hours with tamper proof tags. If she likes it she can keep it and if she doesn’t she can ship it back and try on a different one or keep trying on gowns.


I totally agree with meliss though about getting detailed bust-waist-hip-heigh measurements of the dress, not just street size.



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