Pricing dilemma! Did you sell your wedding dress after the big day?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

800-900? You aren’t really able to take alterations or shipping into account as the next bride will need to do them too. Base your pricing off of the base price of the gown, nothing more. 800-900 will put you between 36 and 28% off, which I think is fair for a used dress, though I would probably sell it for less myself just to do it quickly.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Assuming it was dry cleaned and in close to perfect shape, I would pay 70-80% of the retail.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

I spent over $2000 for my dress (after alterations, etc) and I posted mine for $800 and didn’t get any bites.  🙁  I figured if I dropped it to $500 I might – but I couldn’t bear to do it at the time.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think 30% off is a good starting point, assuming it’s in excellent condition. The problem with posting your dress for sale, is people are always looking for a deal. You may have to be willing to negotiate if you really want it sold.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If I were planning on buying a dress, sight unseen (in person)- that was already taken in to fit someone elses body type, I wouldn’t pay more than 50% of the purchase price of the dress (not including alterations, shipping etc.).

*You may want to price it a bit higher than 50% just because people buying preowned like to negotiate. It’s all about getting the best deal on the dress that you can find.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

I agree with everyone else…30% off seem fair but you should look into preowned wedding dresses sale websites to see how much Pronovias dresses are selling for.  You don’t want to start off too low because you should expect some people to try to bargain you for the dress.  I actually bought a used Reem Acra for $1500 whereas the original bride bought it for close to $5000.  

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I bought mine online used for 500, and it originally retailed for 1250 (La Sposa Fanal). I thought the price was a steal. I would have purchased the same dress for 700-800, but I had lots of time so I felt like I could bargain hunt. If I had less time I might consider 900. Another thing worth considering is how popular that dress is. When I was looking I had 6-7 identical (expect color) dresses to choose from, so I did purchase the cheapest one I found. the bride I purchased from included the veil for free, but other brides charge for them, and if you have a veil worth 100-200 that can increase the price. Not everyone will want it though (I plan on throwing the veil out, which I told the bride and I think she just didn’t want to have it around her house anymore).

Things to consider when posting your dress that can affect the amount a potential buyer is willing to pay:

  • Is the bustle in good condition or would the next bride have to pay to have another one put in? (If its already in, thats one less alteration for me to have done)
  • Are there any visible stains?
  • How has the dress been stored? (I would pay more for a dress stored in a smoke and pet free home)
  • Is the dress popular (if it is, you have more sellers to compete with, though you probably also have more potential buyers)
  • How important is it to sell the dress quickly?
  • Are you willing to let local buyers try the dress on (a big plus)
  • Are you willing to allow returns? (I will pay more for that option if it doesn’t fit, especially if I can’t try it on first)
  • How long did you wear it for? (A dress worn for just the ceremony is probably in better condition than a dress worn all day)
  • Are you willing to post lots of pictures, especially ones with you in it? (The more pictures, the more its worth. The designer pic on the model is pretty much useless)

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I looked at preowned wedding dresses and thought most were still priced too high. If Im only going to get 20-30% off Id rather just get a new one without any stains and go through a bridal salon. If you really want to sell it id do 50%, just my opinion though 🙂

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would look up my dress online and see what used models are selling for. If I couldn’t find my exact dress, I would look for a similar quality  dress. Most of the sites list original price along with asking price, so you can see what % discount they are offering.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would look online at different sites like preownedweddingdresses.com and see what people are selling them for. Or, see what it retails for and take off 30-40% if it is in perfectly  cleaned condition.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I haven’t sold a dress, but I bought a used dress and it was $80, originally $500 if that helps.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee

I spent about $3800 and got $1800 (plus shipping).  However, my dress was unaltered (I’m 5’10 so even the length was not changed), so I think it was more desired by brides.  I asked $2000 but gave her a discount since she was going to get it cleaned herself. 

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