(Closed) Sample Dress Advice!

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I don’t understand why it needs to be ordered? If its a sample dress surely its ready to be taken from the store there and then?


If you’re unsure in any way then don’t do it. You may have a discount but its still a lot of money! You might be able to find the dress on sites such as http://www.preloved.co.uk/search/all?keyword=la+sposa&x=0&y=0


Sorry if I havent been much help, but there will be other dresses… so walk away if you don’t feel 100% about the whole thing.

Post # 5
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think the shops need to get their samples out in order to make room for new ones. Since the dress is in good condition and fits you perfectly, maybe she just figured selling it to you now at a 30% discount instead of ordering you a new one in the same size would both help her make the sale and let her get some return on the dress before it loses more value. The longer they have the dress in the store and the more it gets tried on/worn the less they can sell it for. If you buy the sample, chances are they will just not have a sample of that dress. Do you know what season/year the dress is from. If it is 2011, that could also be why they are offering the sample for sale. Several brides on here  have mentioned that they asked if the sample was for sale and found out hey could buy it so I don’t think it is all that odd that she offered it for purchase. 

Like a PP said, even with the discount it is still a lot of money so be sure you are happy before making the commitment.

Post # 6
807 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It is very common for salons to offer to sell you the sample dress at a discount (because it’s NOT technically brand new–even if only a few people have tried it on). I tried on a dress that they were going to offer to me at a discount if I took the sample. It doesn’t necessarily mean the dress is damaged at all, it just means you are not the first person to put on the dress. I think also that the train might look like a different color because it has the second fabric there–maybe that is altering the way it looks?

Post # 7
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I just checked and it looks like Sidra is part of the La Sposa Spring 2012 collection. As PP said, salons usually sell their samples to make room for the new season’s dresses. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not popular although it’s possible, but it most probably will be that they just want to carry samples of the newer season instead of the older one.

The consultant probably offered it to you then because it fit you really well and if you decide to order it, it will be the same size anyway at the full price. So unless you have reservations about buying a sample, really prefer a new one, and/or is bothered with how the sample looks like right now (with the train and everything), then it can be a good deal. I suggest checking other salons that carry it and verifying the full price which they used to apply the 30% discount.

If you do go through with it though, check first what the shop will do for you regarding the sample. I purchased a sample dress too from the previous season. Although the dress was in generally good condition, the shop covered cleaning it first, and they said they will take care of any minor fixes needed. Most shops do this but it’s always better to make sure of it, because there are others that sell it as-is. 

Good luck! 

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