(Closed) Question- Selling dress

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
Member
506 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I sold my dress once, and accept payment only:

1. Paypal if ship online, with tracking reference. 

2. If Local Pick Up, cash in hand only. 

I dont accept bank transfer or Paypal for local pick up, just in case they come back and say that I have never sent what I promised and no proof for me to prove otherwise. 

However in your case, it should be fine, if they send by check, and you deposit the check before picking up the dress, that should be fine. Make sure you ask her friend to sign on the invoice that she has picked it up, and write down some sort of photo identification from her. 

Post # 4
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1414 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Downtown Riverfront Cafe

@Blush.Champagne: SCAM! This is a well known scam technique. I had a “bee” email me inquiring about my advertised dress just the other day with the same story. Be mindful of broken English and neglect to inquire further about the dress, i.e. photos, details. Please do NOT give out any personal info or accept anything besides cash (locally), paypal, or wire transfer and only after speaking directly with the buyer via phone or text. I have always required a wire transfer from the buyer’s financial institution to my own and shipped the same day, providing them immediate tracking info. NOBODY has had a problem paying the small wire fee and if so, I would have likely deducted it from the price of the dress. Good luck and please be careful.

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Post # 7
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1414 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Downtown Riverfront Cafe

@Blush.Champagne: I inquired further about her situation and she stopped emailing me, but I picked up right away on her fishy behavior. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You have a right to protect yourself as the seller. I’m not sure what you can do at this point besides wait it out. I think you are okay giving out that basic info and only that. Not sure really what she could do with just your name/add/phone? Don’t provide any further info and be very hesitant if anyone behaves immediately ready to purchase without asking for additional information. Would you buy a dress or anything so costly without being sure you knew exactly what you were getting? I don’t give out my info to wire until we are both very clear and have agreed to all sale conditions via phone conversation. Best of luck!

Post # 8
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1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Blush.Champagne:  Since you already gave out some info, I’d keep an eye on bank accounts etc for a few weeks.  You’re probably okay though- the most common form of the scam goes like this:

I live out of country but want to buy_______

I’ll send you a check for it and someone local will pick it up

(a few days later)

Local person doesn’t have _____(bank account/internet access/etc) so I can’t pay them.  Can I make the check for extra money (ex dress is $50.00 but they write check for $100) and you give pick up person the extra in cash for picking up dress

Pickup person gets dress and you give $50.00 in cash from your purse.

You go to cash check/wait for credit card to clear

SUPRISE! check or card was stolen and you are getting $0.00 for your item. 

Oh and that extra $50.00 you gave to the pickup person- it ends up coming out of your pocket and you have no way to get it back.  Plus they have your item to resell online themselves. 

As long as you don’t give out any further information or accept a payment from them you should be ok.

Post # 10
Member
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Blush.Champagne:  I would check with you bank if/when a check shows up.  Let them know you are selling an item online and the check is payment.  They should be able to do a little research to make sure the account the money is coming from is legitimate and that you wont end up getting screwed. 

Post # 11
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11270 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Blush.Champagne:  in this case, if a “friend” is picking it up, i would accept cash only from the friend.  the buyer can issue the “friend” a cheque instead.  if the buyer claims that they can’t do this, it is very fishy.

Post # 13
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11270 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Blush.Champagne:  good luck.  please let me know how it turns out.  i am going to be listing my wedding dress soon and i want to watch out for scams.

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