(Closed) Third-hand dress…will I make anything?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

No one has to know that you weren’t the first owner.  So I don’t think it would really be much different from the person selling it now unless the dress is damaged in some way.

Post # 4
31 posts
  • Wedding: December 1995

It all depends on which website you intend on selling it on.  Some ask if you are the original owner and some don’t.  Most of the ones that do also expect you to provide the original receipt for the dress.  This would show that you were not the original owner.

Also, it’s hard to say until you get the dress and after you wear it as to how much you can get for it.  In today’s ecomony brides are definitely looking for bargains but you’d have to look around at the availability of the gown for resale to get a feel of what type of percentage you are looking at.

Do a google search with the name of the gown and the words for sale after it.  See what comes up.  Is there anyone else selling the dress?  How much are they asking for it?  How long has it been for sale?

These are definitely questions that I would use as part of my research.

Best of Luck




Post # 5
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

It really depends on how popular the dress is and how soon (or how long) you would be willing to wait for a good offer. From some experience with selling dresses online a lot of buyers will be hoping to get at least 50% off the full retail price for a used dress. You’d be surprised with how much bargaining is out there. If it’s an older model -even a year older-(which buyers will know that the dress has been out there long enough for your dress to be 2nd or 3rd hand or a sample) or if there is no receipt you might get offers asking for 60-75% off the full retail price.

Of course you don’t have to give in to a lower offer, it just might need some waiting time. Also if there are other sellers that might be something to consider.

One last thing I have noticed is it’s more about the price range than the percentage of the discount. If the dress is around the $3000-3500 range the more inquiries and faster purchases you’ll get.

Hope that helps!

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