(Closed) Need advice on negotiating price of dress in store

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Miss Pug just posted about this today:

Can’t Hurt to Ask. Or, Sometimes It Does.


I would probably think up an ideal amount you want to pay.  When they offer you a discounted price just say, “That’s more that I’m prepared to pay.  Can you do better?  My budget is no more than $XXX and I really have to stick to it.”

If they don’t meet what you want, you can always pull the, “I’ll have to think about it.” and make them wait.

If someone if going with you- be sure to have them act very reticent about the price, saying (in front of the sales staff), “Natavas- that really is over your budget.  Are you sure you want to pay that much?  The dress at XYZ bridal was very similar and much less.”

You might also ask them if they’re having any sales in the future or any current promotions you could take advantage of.

Those are the kinds of things I’ve done to negotiate/haggle in the past.

Post # 4
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Grrrrreat post! 

I tried both tactics (naming the price and “i’ll have to think abot it”), but neither worked. Grrrrrrr…. 

The salesperson even said that they were so frustrated that the owners of the store would rather miss out on sales than just make the deal.  Maybe that’s why several bridal stores in my area have closed???  I wasn’t naming a ridiculous price, it was right in the range that other stores were offering, I just didn’t trust that those other stores would be diligent about getting the dress in on time. 

I hope that prices will start to go down in the bridal industry… it seems that we pay such a ridiculous premium for pretty much everything bridal.  Ugh…

If anyone has any stories of what worked for them, well, I’d really love to hear! 🙂

(Oh, and the above mentioned store was the kind that only carried their own line.)

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