(Closed) To buy off e-bay, or to not buy off e-bay?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

 purchased my bridesmaids dresses and flower girl dresses of ebay. they havent came in yet but should be here within the next few weeks. my mom is an ebay seller. look for positive feedback and if their little number by their name is high that usually means they are good. i always ask when they can get the item delivered by and i also asked the lady that made my dresses if she could make them to the measurement i give her instead of just a size chart and she agreed. if you want to know anything else just let me know. and when my dresses come in ill post pics of them! πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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3601 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

My original gown was off ebay. I wish I could still wear her– she was fabulous.

Post # 6
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188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I purchased a gown of ebay and it came in exactly as it was described. Unfortunately I wasn’t honest with myself about my true size so I will not be wearing it. Otherwise, it was a positive experience. I guess it’s a good idea to look at the seller’s ratings and previous comments. Also, use your own judgement as to how the person seams when responding to your questions. When I tried selling my dress, I had a few schemers trying to contact me and I noticed that I felt like they were not even reading my responses and also used very unusual language (like a man trying to sound like a woman, if that makes sense). Some of the questions to ask: new or used? damage? alterations done? how was the dress stored? Another good thing about purchasing from another bride is you can see if she will include a slip, a veil, or some other items she may no longer need. Good luck and feel free to contact me with any additional questions.

 

Post # 8
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25 posts
Newbee

hi there! this post my be long. I am guilty of buying and selling wedding dresses on ebay based on my indecisiveness and life situations πŸ™‚  

I bought a wedding dress off weddingbee actually (casablanca 1900)…loved it very very much the seller was awesome, we communicated via e-mail and she called me before sending the dress just to confirm my address. The dress was as described and in perfect condition when I received it. I changed my mind though and re-sold the dress on ebay. I posted many pictures on ebay and included detailed measurements.  That sale went successful and the buyer was happy.

Next, I brought my Maggie Sottero Rachel dress from a bridal salon…I got the dress and felt like I really needed something more fitted and less ball gownish — then I cancelled my wedding (long story). I listed the dress on ebay and came across an amazing buyer. She messaged me on ebay and asked if we could talk on the phone. We talked on the phone a couple times and I made it clear I wanted her to feel comfortable with her purchase. My listing was very detailed with actual pictures of the dress not just stock photos. But for both of us it was nice to put a voice with the listing…eBay can be tricky for both the buyer and the seller.

Finally, many months after I cancelled my wedding (long story, in-law crazyness) my fiance and I the decided to move forward with the wedding πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ (without the in-laws) this meant I needed a dress! My dream dress was Lazaro 3857…but it had a nice price tag of $3500…not in the budget. Coincidentally after I cancelled my wedding then decided to move forward with the wedding my Lazaro gown was listed on eBay!!!!!! it was so weird because its not a popular style – i knew it was meant to be. The seller listed the dress BRAND NEW for $1200. Her daughter had changed from a wedding in the states to a destination wedding. I was very nervous to buy this dress even at $1200 on ebay. But I did my research and even negotiated the price down with the seller (it doesn’t hurt). We too had a phone conversation and I felt very comfortable with her. I received the dress shipped UPS with insurance and signature confirmation and the dress was brand new and perfect…tags and receipt included.

My point to this post is ebay can be safe for buying wedding dresses if you do your research on the seller (check feedback, request contact infromation, call the buyer, ask for real pictures) be careful of just stock photos…if they are hestiant at all or act like they don’t have time to communicate don’t waste your time, its not worth it. Always pay through paypal and make sure you get insurance and signature confrimation. 

Hope this helps and good luck!!!!

Post # 9
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1183 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I did this too. You can see my e-bay dress in the classifieds. I was happy with it, but we changed our venue so now I’m selling both my ceremony (shop sample) and reception (ebay) gowns.

Ebay: http://classifieds.weddingbee.com/topic/one-of-a-kind-wedding-dress-with-sketch-and-photoswill-fit-sizes-2-8

I would reccommend asking them to build in the extra fabric (in my listing you see I asked that they build in an extra 2″ into the dress). My godmother is a seamstress and that was something she said would just guarantee that it could be altered and so they didn’t cut any corners on the fabric seams.

It’s also crucial to have a seamstress do your measurements. I did them myself to get “rough numbers” for a dress cost estimate, but my godmother had totally different numbers. I guess I wasn’t wanting to believe my hips were really that big.

I will say that the quality is similar to what you find at David’s Bridal, but not the same as even their designer gowns. It’s nice, but if you laid down a knock off next to a real gown, I think most people would know the difference…so buy based on the look you love…not a designer you want attached to your dress.

I hope that helps! I wouldn’t say it was a bad experience, but I have to say that I was glad it was for my reception dress to go out dancing on the beach and outside and not my ceremony dress since we were doing something more formal at the time. The dress materials/fabrics were way more suited for a destination or casual wedding as well (polyester blends, etc). 

Post # 10
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96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

so I just got my ebay bridesmaids dresses and flowergirl dresses in this week!! The Bridesmaids dresses are gorgeous just like the pic! and I mjust say $40 is way better than the $150 that the dresses were selling for in my local bridal salon!

Heres a stock pic of what the dress looks like on ebay.

 

 

Heres what it looks like in person the dress looks like in person it really doesnt do it justice on the hanger it looks way better on one of my bridesmaids but i dont have a pic of one of them in it yet.. :/

I also bought my flower girl dresses on ebay as well I just dont have a pic of them yet. After everything was bought and shipped I paid $300 for all bridesmaids and flowergirl dresses! Not Bad! πŸ™‚

 

 

Post # 11
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2100 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I have bought several wedding dresses off of ebay to pick one to wear for our evening out in Vegas and have resold some back.  Every single one came in better than promised and I never paid more than 10% of the retail price.  Research the seller and the dress and use Paypal to protect yourself.

Good luck – PM me if you have any questions.   

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