(Closed) SPIN OFF: Selling Low

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@knvprincess143:  I think they are asking too much. I doubt I would pay more than half the price for used items.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it depends on the nature of the item. I wouldn’t pay near retail for a dress or shoes, etc, but for decor pieces that have been used for all of 12 hours, I’d be happy to buy as long as I end up getting it for less than new after I pay shipping. Still, if someone’s trying to sell for the price I could buy it new, then I just roll my eyes and click on. 

I’m hoping to get back most of what I paid for my lanterns, for example. But my dress I’d never try to sell for full price since it’s altered to fit me and it’s been worn for half a day.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2012

A bridal consignment shop is a great idea. I’ve considered it myself.  And yes I think people are asking too much and it probably has to do with the fact that they overspent to begin with! lol

People who sell their things reasonably priced sell much quicker.  And really who wants to hassle with listing and relisting 30 mason jars and 8000 candle holders!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I agree. I’ve seen people selling things for more than I know I can get them brand new. I don’t want to be stuck with anything and whatever $ I can get back lowers my budget in the end. For instance I’d like to buy my linens and then sell them for 50% (or more) less than what I’m getting them for. It’s already cheaper than renting them. So if nobody wants them, I’m stuck with a bunch of linens I don’t need. Wouldn’t it be better to give another bride a great deal while getting them off my hands? I don’t know why that isn’t the general sentiment.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I think the people selling like that on craigslist don’t know what they are doing.  They are most likely hoping to find another bride that hasn’t done their research to buy it.  I know I often find things on craigslist that I can buy cheaper elsewhere, but sometimes I don’t know that until I do a Google search and find out where else I can buy it.  But there are a lot of people who discount used items down, and that is a win win for everyone involved!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Just because that’s what they are asking doesn’t mean that’s what they are getting! I’ve never gotten my asking price for things i’ve sold on Craigslist. I always assume i’ll be talked down 20-50%. We sold all of our furniture and lots of other stuff before moving cross-country, and that rule definitely held.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

When I sold my wedding items on craigslist, I started at a rate of about 30% off, but was willing to go to 50% off. In fact, beacause of this, I sold most of my items super fast.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think a lot of people list their items at a high price assuming people are going to haggle. I know that’s what I do. I list at slightly over 50% of the “new” price of the item I’m selling, and hope to get maybe 30-40%. 

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

People also forget that you can easily check the original price online. Some people are just totally unrealistic and think they can recoup the majority of their costs. Used is used, folks.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

People also forget that you can easily check the original price online. Some people are just totally unrealistic and think they can recoup the majority of their costs. Used is used, folks.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I agree….the listed prices are often way too high, and it makes me not want to even bother haggling because I feel like the person is being unrealistic and the experience will just be unpleasant.

I haven’t bought too much used, but the stuff I have, I’ve gotten on eBay or at thrift stores!

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I actually started a lending library for wedding decor after our wedding because I didn’t want to deal with selling anything (some things were hard to part with) and as many of you have mentioned, you spend an arm and a leg on a ton of stuff you use only once.  I think there needs to be more wedding rentals/libraries — people don’t have to spend thousands of dollars!

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