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

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 18
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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@bellaingenue:  but I think they warn that bad grammar is a sign of scammer on POWD. I’m sure that’s not always the case, but it is one of a few things to watch out for. 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@bellaingenue:  WOW! yeah its really sad that there are people out there looking to make a buck off a wedding dress. It amazes me what people will scam for, just sick.

 

Also I agree with what  

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@Elky: said, def get a tracking # and insurance if you do end up shipping to someone you feel is legit, paypal or any of those sites typically want to see that delivery confirmation because it proves it was delivered which means it is no longer your fault if the receiver doesn’t receive.  

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@bellaingenue:  Just wanted to add that wanting to have something shipped to a reshipping service/parcel forwarder doesn’t *necessarily* mean the buyer is dodgy…A lot of sellers don’t ship internationally so I often use a parcel forwarder like Shipito. But I make sure that when I pay with Paypal, the address of the parcel forwarder is one of my confirmed addresses. 

Post # 24
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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@bellaingenue:  Be patient. The right girl will find your gown and love it like you did ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 25
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Newbee

@bellaingenue:  Hi, It’s Lee from PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com.  I’m sorry to hear about your issue.  

We do work hard to filter our scammers from our inquiries, but it is sometimes difficult to definitively rule an inquiry a scam based on a single communication.

Here’s what we suggest to ensure a safe and happy transacation

1) Always tell inquiriers that you will only accept paypal or escrow.com.  We don’t recommend any other form of payment (you can read why here: http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/for-buyers/recommended-payment-methods.html)  Qualified buyers will continue to correspond after you tell them these payment terms.

2) If you ever have a question or concern about an inquiry – send us an note and we’ll give you our advice.  We typically respond in 24 hours (or less!)

3) If you know you’ve been contacted by a scammer, email us and report it.  We’ll block that sender from the site – making it safer for all sellers

And you can reach us any time with questions or concerns at [email protected]

 

Post # 27
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Newbee

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@bellaingenue:  Thanks for your reply. You can report or email us anything you find to be suspicious…and we will monitor  further.  When we find evidence of a scam, then we will block the user from the site.

Honest inquiries come in many shapes and sizes and non-response doesn’t indicate a scam.

We’ve seen buyers who first come on the site and send many inquiries months before they actually purchase, and we’ve seen brides come on the site and buy within their first week. So it really just does depend.

But like we’ve written on our site, we only ever recommend paypal or escrow.com for payment, both because they are safe and because they offer a recourse in the unlikely event there is a dispute over the transaction. (Cash can be acceptable for in person transactions only).

No system can stop 100% of scam inquires, but our goal is by educating our sellers on what to look out for and what payment methods are safe, and by employing our filters and site blocks, we can help buyers and sellers have successful sales.

And as I said in my earlier note, we’re always available to answer questions via email. Just reach out to [email protected]

 

 

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I was trying to sell my dress on the site and while the customer service was great (they got back to me right away when I reported suspicious users), I ended up selling my dress through a local consignment store instead.

I think the site is great for buyers but not as great for sellers. It was starting to feel like a waste of my time. I was getting mostly inquiries that weren’t serious, suspicious, really low ball offers, and users asking if they can return the dress after purchase if they didn’t like the fit/style. But that’s sort of the reality of selling online.

If you have a lot of time and patience, then the right buyer might come along. At the end of the day, wedding dresses are a horrible investment and I knew I’d be happy if I could even get a bit of money back through reselling somewhere.

 

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