Post # 1
I found my dream dress on etsy.. It is beautiful and I was considering just going for it but there are a few things stopping me:
1. My sister and I discussed it and looked over the seller together and realized that the seller/seamstress is in china. Something about “my wedding dress was made in china” freaks me out haha.
2. We found a VERY similar dress from a different seller, yet the description listed was WORD FOR WORD from my dream dress listing..
3. The seller started they’re etsy shop last year (not a huge factor I suppose, but worth mentioning)
4. Although it has 98% positive feedback, a relative theme within that feed back is that the language barrier was rough at times. One seller even got a messed up dress because of this barrier, luckily the seller sent her a new properly done dress that got there just in time for her wedding.
I really love this dress, I just don’t want to get my hopes up and then have everything go terribly wrong.
Here is the listing:
ETA: I think what bothers me about the seller only being on etsy for a year is that the photos they are posting have a very professionally done look to them and are all in different settings, I wonder how much pro work they could have going on with only being around a short time.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Just to point out, the shop has 100% feedback out of 98 reviews, not a 98% rating 🙂 Because they have so many positive reviews, I don’t think it’d be bad for you to buy from this shop, but of course because you are buying over the internet, keep room in your budget for alterations to be done by a local tailor.
Post # 4
@elysion: Hah, thanks! I was typing as my sister was talking so I scrambled things a little I guess! And budget isnt as much of a concern anymore now that my sis said she wants to pay for my dress!
Im honestly more concerned about quality and how much the language barrier is gonna get in the way >.<
Post # 5
It’s not unusual for the Chinese dressmakers to use photos from other sources for their dresses. Usually they use these photos as “inspiration” for the dress and I would say to be prepared that the dress may not be 100% like the photo. It seems like you get the best results from these Chinese dressmakers if you write to them using very simple sentences and use photos to explain any requests you want to make.
That dress is gorgeous. Since the seller has a good amount of feedback and it looks like a pretty simple design, if I were you I would probably take the plunge and buy it. If you’re not comfortable with buying from that place, I think that it would be pretty easy for one of the more well known Chinese dressmakers like Jasmine or Dressilyme to make something like that for you if you wanted.
Post # 6
That’s such a pretty dress, and a great price too. I think given it’s not a super complex design – and the seller seems to have pretty good feedback – you shouldn’t be too worried about it. Particularly if you’re not asking for any complex modifications or changes.
Post # 7
@KaitKitten: Where do you live? Why can’t you have a local seamstress make this dress? It looks simple to me.
Post # 8
I got my dress from Etsy. It took a few months and I knew from feedback that she did a wonderfull job and if you were unhappy she would return your money so I was pretty comfy with it. When the dress came I was ecstatic , I hadnt known what the dress would consist of, if the crinoline in the pic was for show ect…. it camewith a full crinoline and built in bra and fits perfect! And it was just over $200 with shipping. I highly reccomend my seller and yours seems to have the same rep so id go for it 🙂
Post # 9
@AlbertaLolita: Could you post a picture of you in your dress please?
Post # 10
@AlbertaLolita: That dress is gorgeous!
Post # 11
@AlbertaLolita: Beautiful dress!!! What was the name of your Etsy seller I’m looking to use Etsy too!!
Post # 12
@vesnushka: I don’t have any pics of me in it but next time someone comes over that can zip it up for me I will take one and post. The zipper goes all the way up tbe back and I cant do it myself and obviously cant ask my Fiance to do it 🙂
I actually changed it a bit from her stock photo with the removal of the train and addition of hidden pockets!
Am I allowed to post the seller?
Post # 13
I am going to tell you exactly what I tell everybody else who buys anything from Etsy:
Research the hell out of your seller.
Etsy started off as a handmade marketplace but it has been taken over by resellers. Resellers are people who buy factory pre-made items in bulk and sell them for higher prices on Etsy.
Why are resellers bad?
They take good money out of the hands and mouths of honest people who do honest work who actually handmake their items.
If handmade is not something that is important to you, shop somewhere else than Etsy.
I come from another community that uses Etsy as their sole income. These people are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, wives, friends, cousins, you name it. Some are disabled, some cannot work, some are laid off, and some are just damn good at what they do. Buying from a reseller enforces that this behavior is A-Okay and it takes money away from the little guy.
Etsy isn’t supposed to allow re-sellers on their site, but why stop them? Etsy gets a 20 cent listing fee plus a percentage of the item sold. Resellers have “good” prices and quantity. They can sell quickly and in bulk, so Etsy reaps in the fees.
Yes. I am an Etsy zealot. Why? Because I personally know people who have had food taken out of their mouths because of people who simply re-sell pre-made items for better prices than someone can hand make it.
I did a quick google search on the listing and came up with a Korean dress rental store. There is no linkback to the Etsy store which leads me to believe that the Etsy seller is a reseller. A few of the images I searched for on google and found thousands of websites with the same exact images. Likely not legit.
Post # 14
Ms. Wolf is getting married this weekend and I think she got her dress from Etsy (she’s wont say if its etsy or RTR). Maybe PM her and ask who her seller was?
Post # 15
@AlbertaLolita: That is SUCH an elegant, timeless dress. Good choie!
Post # 16
Well.. I decided not to buy a dress online period. I found a wonderful dress that I love on the David’s bridal website. Waiting for them to call me back to set up an appointment and try it on! Super excited 🙂