(Closed) Rant about preloved dresses. You only wore it once because it’s a wedding dress!

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 47
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651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think people often forget that when you buy a new dress, you STILL have to pay for alterations. Anyway, I am a great believer of supply and demand. If someone is willing to pay 80% for a used dress (I wouldn’t ), good for the seller;)

 

Post # 48
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think a lot of people are unrealistic when selling used items in general.  They want to get the best price they can, even if it means waiting a long time for someone to come along.  I think 40-50% of is reasonable.  Many stores have sample sales where the discount is 20-30%, so a preowned and prealtered dress should be at more of a discount.

I had this issue when I went to school out of the country, every semester all of the students are trying to sell their stuff they can’t take back home with them and trying to make money while doing so.  I listed my items for 50% or less of what I paid for them, because I just wanted to get rid of them!

Post # 49
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Helper bee

@Subie:  

Well then the second person also has the option of selling it used for $400 then they too will only have paid $300 for it.  It’s their own dress and they are free to ask for whatever price they want.  If you guys don’t like it then just buy a new dress!

Post # 50
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Sugar bee

@redband: “I think people often forget that when you buy a new dress, you STILL have to pay for alterations.”

But that’s not a good argument AT ALL for charging a higher price on a pre-owned dress! Even though the alterations are an extra cost to the original owner, they don’t add any value to the pre-owned dress, they *detract* from its value for the second buyer. So it in no way justifies a higher asking price on a pre-owned dress, it should lead to a LOWER asking price. If anything, you can get a better price for an unaltered secondhand gown than an altered one.

Post # 51
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322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think its hard because it is has such an emotional meaning, but honestly you need to save way more than that to not buy new

Post # 52
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149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

lol ive never even heard of people trying to sell for only 20%. im trying to sell mine for more than 50% off not including alterations or cleaning fee which would make it closer to 60% off.

Post # 53
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377 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

From a sellers stand point- almost EVERY offer is completely lowballing. If I had a $1k dress, and wanted no less than $500, I would definitely market it for $700. In my experience, no one has ever said- “oh its listed for $700 let me get my check book out!” Everyone always wants a deal. Sellers cannot list things for their bottom price or buyers will never come to an agreement because they will always want to pay less. I have been low-balled on SO many purchases, (not dresses) that you have to leave some wiggle room. Also, 30% is still a discount, because most the time, if a bride is buying second hand- they will probably sell it too. I’ve actually given brides discounts on items, then turn around and see them sell it (after they’ve used it) for the exact same price they purchased it for. Sellers have to protect them selves and give themselves some wiggle room. 

Post # 54
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451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

This is why the dress im selling in the classifieds is a new dress for OBO. Because I know you can get it at Davids for $499 and im selling it for $300 OBO and its BRAND NEW… not even used.

Post # 55
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2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@crayfish: @fishbone:  Does anyone else get Fishbone & Crayfish mixed up? I just noticed they were two different people (duh!)

Post # 56
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

50% off seems fair for a preowned gown.

I’ve seen my gown on preowned sites for ~$700-800 (full retail is around $1100-$1200).  The salon I bought from gave me 20% off, so before tax my dress was around $950, and after tax just over $1000.  It was worth it to me to order my dress new.

I did see a salon list my gown new (it was a mistaken extra order) in my size for $700 (in ivory and not white, unfortunately).  That would have been a steal.

If someone didn’t need or do alterations to the gown except for a bustle, I think the gown would be reasonably worth 60-75%.

I saw one girl who is selling my gown had altered the sleeves and removed a lot of the floral decoration on it and still wanted over $800 for it.  If that’s what I wanted and it was in the right size, I guess . . . . but honestly if you put a lot of your own personality on the gown like that it’s going to lower the value in my book.

 

Post # 57
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I offered half of the asking price for my preowned dress and it was accepted, and that price was actually only 1/4th of what the bride paid for the dress new. Try negotiating. 

Post # 58
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651 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@KCKnd2:  I agree alterations decrease the value of the dress. I was replying to someone who said besides the cost of the pre-loved dress, they’d also have to pay for alterations (so lets say $1000+ $200). It’s the same with a bridal salon too, only there you pay for a new dress (lets say $2000 + alterations fee of $200). So on the whole, I’d say that alterations don’t really matter since it’s something which has to be paid for anyway (unless the bride fits a standard size perfectly).

Post # 59
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My dress is 1k and if I chose to sell it after I think $300 would be fair. But im going to keep it. 

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