(Closed) Trying on PAID wedding gowns. Illegal???

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 34
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3993 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Ha. I would definitely go get your dress asap and store it yourself. That is completely ridiculous. You (and the other brides) paid for a NEW dress. If you wanted one that others had tried on, you would have bought the sample, and for LESS!

I obviously agree with writing reviews after you have your dress and letting the BBB and owners (if they don’t) know of this.

I would be pissed. My lawyer brother-in-law would be all over that. Lol

Post # 35
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414 posts
Helper bee

You may as well be getting a discounted, sample gown!! Unbelievable. At the boutique I bought from, a girl had ordered a dress with a lace up back and it came with a zipper. They told me about it and showed it to me through the plastic, but said they would call me if she decided against it and to reorder with the lace up. They did end up allowing me to try it on after she decided to reorder, but they never even let me touch it beforehand. I’m sorry for your disappointment and upset. I would certainly talk to the owner, write a review, and let everyone you know not to store at that particular boutique. 🙁

Post # 36
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Review them after the wedding. But make the review 2 parts. The first part about their service and selection of dresses. The second part about warning other brides about storing their dresses there.

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France

You know what I just thought about… DO you think that these “paid for” dresses could have been a hoax? As in.. they are really not bought by anyone they just want the brides coming in to feel like they really care about them and they are really high priority that they would let them try on someone else’s dress? Just a thought. The next time you see it happen, why don’t you just ask your consultant?

Post # 37
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2976 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France

You know what I just thought about… DO you think that these “paid for” dresses could have been a hoax? As in.. they are really not bought by anyone they just want the brides coming in to feel like they really care about them and they are really high priority that they would let them try on someone else’s dress? Just a thought. The next time you see it happen, why don’t you just ask your consultant?

Post # 38
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5191 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@Braswellro: I see you are local. Is the store in question in Columbia, by chance?

Post # 39
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

=-O WHAT? I would have been fuming. Theres a reason sample dresses are discounted! You should make them aware of that.

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I remember a post from someone who had this happen to her, but her gown had a lipstick stain on it and the store refused to do anything about it. I don’t remember the outcome, but you’re very lucky that they replaced your gown. I’d pick my gown up now and then write bad reviews. I agree that if you wanted a gown others had tried on, you’d have gotten a discount on the sample. I did buy a sample, and I don’t really care too much about being the only person in a dress, but I do feel that should get a discount.

Post # 41
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@MrsNeutrino: As a customer that would make me feel very uncomfortable, not like a high priority! I wouldn’t want anyone else trying on MY gown and it would stop me from ordering form that store!

I work at a prom dress store and we don’t even let someone try on a gown if a customer puts it on HOLD, let alone if they were to buy a gown off the rack or special order one. That is a horrible horrible business practice and I guarentee the designers of the gowns would be horrified to hear that that is happening.

 

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@Braswellro: after you get your dress back, write as many reviews as you can, tell everyone you know, put it on social networking sites, alert the BBB and the media, AND TELL THE DESIGNER!

Why pay money for a “new” dress if everyone is going to try it on like its a sample gown? The owner of the boutique is just too cheap to order sample gowns for people to try and is desperate to close the sale at the expense of all of the brides that shop with her.

Grrr. This makes me irrationally angry.

Post # 42
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I tried on a few “paid” gowns but the shop that I went to called the owners and asked permission. One they tried to call was unavailable so I couldn’t try that one on. I wrote a short note on the back of the receipts thanking two of the brides, I just assumed that was how they did those things if they didn’t have the sample.

Post # 43
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1713 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’d pick up my dress, write a formal letter to the store owner and then write a thorough honest review.

I cant imagine they would do such a thing!

Post # 44
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1373 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

There’s a big difference between illegal and unethical. What they did is not illegal. But it is very, VERY unethical and bad business. 

Post # 45
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I cannot believe a store would have the audacity to do such a thing. I would take my dress and run. I would even pay the money to have another person do the alterations because what is going to stop them from continuing to allow people to try it on throughout alterations? I would write to every paper I could and the BBB. This is horrible business ethics.

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