(Closed) Selling a dress on preownedweddingdresses.com and so annoyed with scammers

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I haven’t sold a dress yet (but am considering using POWD to do so), but I was the buyer in two successful transactions. One of them was through weddingbee, a lovely MOB contacted me directed about a Vera Wang gown I had expressed interest in.

The second dress I bought through POWD. From when I first contacted her to when the dress arrived was about 2.5 weeks. Not bad considering I had a stuff-up with Paypal and had to wait several days for my account to work again, and then she shipped the dress to Beijing from San Francisco.

One tip I would give is seeking out your prospective buyer on social media/networks. When I bought my Vera Wang, the MOB added me on Facebook. Which was quite nice, because I got to see photos of the dress on her daughter! And for the second dress, the seller added me through Linkedin. It’s a good way to weed out the scammers and also to know a bit more about the person you are dealing with. 

Post # 4
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2657 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It sounds like a wedding version of craigslist. And I hated my experience with that site. Never again.

Post # 7
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3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@bellaingenue:  Yup! I had a Vera Wang dress shipped from Kentucky too. USPS Express is great. I forgot to mention, both times I used Paypal…which by the sounds of it, isn’t necessarily the most safe method the seller.

When the first seller added me on Facebook, I was a little taken aback. But then I realised, I’m not trying to hide anything, so why not? I think it’s definitely a good way of working out whether your seller/buyer is legitimate, and also a kind of insurance too because I’m sure they wouldn’t want you posting negative comments on their social media if the transaction went haywire.

POWD is probably good at weeding out seller scammers (given you have to pay the $25 to list) but doesn’t stop the buyers from being dodgy. I hope you get a serious buyer soon!

Post # 8
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1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I wouldn’t be too worried about the bad grammar. Some people just aren’t very eloquent, and can only write in text-speak.

Post # 9
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951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I bought my dress from POWD. I definitely asked questions about the gown/sale and I always have good grammar so idk. The girl who I bought the dress from seemed kind of shady but I googled stalked the ish out of her and once I had enough personal info on her to back up her story (where she was from, her age, marital status) I went ahead with the purchase. I called Paypal myself and asked if it was true that if I used them to make the purchase that I might not be protected and they said absolutely not. I believe POWD must have a deal with Escrow.com, and in the end I couldn’t really see myself signing over my CC/bank info to a sight that isn’t as well known. It could be perfectly legit, but I’ll stick to what I know. Everything went smoothly on the payment end.

 

That being said, the transaction took a really long time (seller went out of town and didn’t make proper shipping arrangements) but after all the dress was way better than described. I would recommend POWD any day, and I do. It’s not like Craigslist at all IMO. I love the layout, and I find it a lot easier to use/more succinct than even Tradesy or Weddingbee ads.

 

I have a friend who also sold her dress on POWD this past year. I don’t know details except that she had a good experience. I believe hers sold for around $2000 and it couldn’t have taken more than about 6-9 months.

Post # 11
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1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would be leary of this too…I only listed mine on craigslist, and ended up selling it there after about 4 months, but at tifrst all I got were the poor grammar text/emails as well. I even had them ask about paypal…a lot of people don’t know this, but I was on a board years ago where moms would sell stuff and one of the biggest scam tactics there was to pay via credit card on paypal then after recieving said item do a charge back. I’m not sure about the site you listed, how that sort of thing works, but for me personally unless I could actually talk to the bride on the phone or see her in person I would take pause and reconsider any of the other options.

Post # 12
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93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I sold my first dress on POWD. It took a while, and I had a few emails where people would just ask if it’s still available and then never reply back after I said yes. I eventually got an email from someone who simply said they loved my dress and wanted to buy it. I actually sent her a PayPal payment request. Within 6 hours she had paid for the dress, and I shipped it the next day. I think some who are eager to buy are probably girls who have already tried on the dress and are simply looking for it online to save money. They also might be looking for a second dress when their weddings are really close. Also, a ton of people have terrible grammar. While it’s understandable, I think you should look for more warning signs than simply that. It’s only a scam if they have a weird monetary request, such as “if you give me this much money I can give you that much.” You get the money first, then ship the dress. 

Post # 13
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3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@bellaingenue: I think for the sake of me not getting hit by import tax, both sellers I dealt with kindly marked down the value of the dresses. I don’t know how that affected the insurance issue. I would imagine that selling within the U.S., you could just have the dress insured to its full amount and not have to worry about taxes? 

Post # 14
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960 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@bellaingenue:  Put a tracking number and insurance on the shippment and that way you’re covered, make sure what you sell it for includes the price of this if its not an expense you’re willing to cover.

 

With that and the escrow you’ll be 100% fine.

 

I think you’re being very judgemental of the other brides just because of their grammer. My old nanny is a wonderfully sweet woman (currently in her 40s) and she has the absolute WORST writting I’ve seen, I actually thought it was her son who was messaging me on facebook because she writes in the short forms with no grammer and not caring about spelling on what she does write out but she’s the nicest and would never scam.

 

people that don’t want more photos probably know what the dress is and love your price and just want it! I dont think that makes it a bad purchase if they’re willing to use Escrow and what not O.o

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I bought my dress on POWD and everything went well… The seller was really sweet, answered all my questions and sent me additional pics when requested. I did not have the budget to buy a brand new Vera Wang and now thanks to that site I’m getting married in one!!!! I would def recommend it. I paid with Paypal and had no problem. The dress arrived within a week of being shipped (from South Carolina all the way to Montreal!) and was in PERFECT condition.

However: my fiance was selling his motorcycle through Kijiji (similar to Craigslist) last fall and got tons of spam. This one guys seemed really interested but when came time to pay he asked my FH to paid for the shipping (who ships a motorcycle first of all??) and that we would reimburse him through western Union. We reported this guy and later I looked it up on google and it seems this is a pretty common scam. So bottom line don’t pay the shipping fees for a buyer who says they’ll reimburse you later… most likely they’ll take your money and you’ll never hear from them again.

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