- 3 years ago
After browsing around online, I found two dresses that I love, and one of them is a clear favorite. I found a bridal shop near me that carries both designers and both dresses are featured on their website, but they don’t have those particular dresses in stock. I emailed the shop to ask if they would be willing to order a sample for me to try on, and they said they would, but I would have to pay $100 to have the dress ordered. If I end up buying the dress, they would deduct $100 from the cost. But if I don’t buy it, I’m out $100. Basically, I would have to pay $100 just to try the dress on. Is this normal business practice for bridal shops? I haven’t been able to find this dress in stock anywhere else. It’s a style that’s not currently trendy (strapless A-line dress), so I don’t think any stores are likely to have it in stock. But I don’t want to be limited to whatever stores happen to have on hand. Any advice?