(Closed) Selling dress – How much would you charge for this?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

It depends on the condition, but I wouldn’t want to pay much more than $1000 for it. Lovely dress!

Post # 18
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1075 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

If I were very close to your size (and if I had the money), I’d be willing to pay 1k or 1.5k for it. 

If you don’t care about getting the money back, you could always donate to Brides Against Breast Cancer or some other charity. 

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@honie309:  Yes, I’m guessing I’d probably start it at $2500, but the preowned site has a helpful price calculator, so, really, I’d go with that price and take it down from there.  

It’s helpful that you paid to have it cleaned, perhaps post the receipt for the cleaning or send it to prospective buyers.  You might also throw in shipping for free because it might not make complete financial sense but buyers are willing to pay extra, over and above what you would for shipping, if the price is fair, you give all requested info, and you’ll pay to ship the dress out within 1-2 days of receiving funds.

Post # 20
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240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Brielle:  Yes!!!! Seee, you get it. I was looking at dresses on preowned and tradsey and it always seemed funny to me.  Brides bought gorgeous dresses, had them altered, wore them and them wanted almost what they paid. So you’re pretty much going to end up paying $1500 for that Reem Acra/Amsale/Vera dress when all is said and done? Riiiiiiiight. 

I don’t think most of them think about it that way at all. They love their dress and want top dollar for it. I have no emotional attachment and came for a bargain. Which I got, from a pristine sample. 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You and your dress are so pretty!

I sold my dress, along with the belt it came with and the matching veil and hairpiece that the bridal salon made, for about half the original price (paid $2500 plus tax for just the dress, sold/shipped it all for I think $13 or $1400).  So that’s the only basis I have.  A Bee PMed me after seeing my pics here and she was also petite like me, so I don’t really know about the whole dress-selling process.  But like previous posters said, I think I would list it at half what you paid or best offer, and see if you get any bites!

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@honie309:  I’d say 2k on the high end.
It is a (gorgeous) POB so it should sell quickly if you can find the right bride

Post # 24
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240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@honie309:  No, no. I never said you did! That was just about my dress buying experience. I though Brielle hit the nail on the head. Notice my comment was to her, not to you. Sheesh. 

 

Post # 25
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942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s beautiful, but you might sit on it a long time even at 1,000.  A bride needs to be just the right size to fit into it. And the size is for a very limited size group.

 

Whatever you start it at, I would plan to not freak out if it doesn’t sell within 6 months, that seems normal to me. If it sells sooner, that will be awesome for you!

I guess a better question is for you: at what cost would you rather keep the dress and not sell it at all? I know I planned to sell my dress immediately after the wedding, but the damn setimental attachment thing happened. I still might sell it… but I have a cost I would refuse to go below, just because I would rather keep it myself at that point.

Do you have a lowest cost in mind? That will help you determine the selling price as well (although the cost should always start higher than that)

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve sold several dresses because I kept changing my mind about the dress I wanted to wear.  I found that the more famous designers and more popular designs are the easiest to sell.  I’m around your height.  I sold my Vera Wang Ethel for about half because I didn’t want to waste time over a few hundred bucks.  I think Vera Wang Ethel was very popular but I realized that the longer I kept the dress, the popularity would decrease and thus the price would decrease.  I also felt that at my height, it would be more difficult to sell it because the buyer would have to be my height or shorter and had to be approximately my size or smaller.  I still have the first dress I bought that is still unworn and unaltered that I cannot sell.  I also have a Melissa Sweet from Priscilla of Boston that I wore that I haven’t even listed because I’m not sure if it’s a dress that someone else would want to buy used.  I also sold a Watters Lasara and a Jim Hjelm dress.

Post # 27
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237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I sold my dress (new w/tags, unaltered) for about 70% of the price on POWD ($850 for a $1200 dress).  The good thing about sites like that is buyers can filter by designer.  Someone looking for your style of dress will already know that the price will be higher than usual.  Websites such as craigslist will pop your listing up with $450 dresses, so your chances would be slim.

It also depends on how long you’re willing to wait to try to sell it.  If there’s no hurry, I’d start at $2500 like you said.

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