Post # 1
I had another inquiry on my dress. first email seemed legit. i wrote back, then it took her like 5 days to get back to me, which she did only after i sent a follow up email. she said she will get back to me that night. then 2 days later (last night), she finally got back to me and this is the email i received:
I am writing you because I want to know if you already have the wedding dress that we were talking about. If you have it I will buy it and I will send you the money tomorrow to have the dress as soon as possible.
— seriously? “the dress we were talking about?” and asking if i have it??? who says that when i have only ONE dress posted on the POWD.com AND i included pics in my ad of me wearing it at my wedding!
scam? i think so! but i wrote her back just to see what she says. i asked her (for the second time) where she lives so i can calculate shipping and then i would send the paypal request. my hopes are not high i will hear back.
anyone have scammer stories? i think its good to share them so we are all aware of the variations/methods they use.
Post # 3
I always get replies from craigslist items, always the same “Is this still for sale?” I think they do that just to get my real email address. scammers suck and they are so stupid.
Post # 4
@danicalifornia: oh ya, the “item” thing on craigslist happens all the time! so annoying! its harder to tell with a dress though because her first email, she said, “is your dress still available?! i am interested!” i have had non-scammers say the same thing.
Post # 5
I have had people ask to be friends on facebook, want my phone numbers, can they return it if they do not like it (ummm not Macy’s here), for me to take 1000000 pictures and then say they do not want to buy online, I had one lady say I had to sell her a dress for $50 with shipping included because she needed it and that was her budget.
It takes lots of patience to deal with the crap!!!
The worst is the people that you correspond so many emails with and then they say no – ummmm do not waste my time then with 100 emails.
Post # 6
I get wary when they don’t ask specific questions about the condition of the dress or ask for more pics at least. When they come right back with wanting to buy it knowing so little about it… what bride wouldn’t want all the details before making such a big purchase? I always make phone contact at some point before finalizing.
Post # 7
@danicalifornia: Depending on how old the post is saying something for sale, I always ask that question first, so I’m not sure that’s all that suspicious.
@jjmomma: I agree though, who wouldn’t ask for lots of details about something like that?
Post # 8
@jjmomma: yes, i know what you mean. in this one’s first email, she said she was interested and if i still had it, i thought that was a normal first email. and i replied to her and asked if she had more Qs….then this was her latest “i want it ASAP!”. whatever!
@unixfairy: oh ya, i have had those, where i took pics, wrote detailed emails, THEN i get the offer of $300 less than my asking price! um, no! i am willing to negotiate, but not that much!
Post # 9
I’ve sold three dresses so far and it takes time (sometimes several months) to get legit interest. I had to weed through so many scams and people who changed their minds. I get really nervous when I decide to go ahead b/c in the back of my mind I’m wondering if there’s some way to scam me, like PayPal chargebacks or something. It’s great when it all works out and the other bride is thrilled! I finally started writing back to the obvious scammers (My daughter is fighting for her country in Iraq and I am to purchase this beautiful gown of which we are negotiating, and if you will please remove the listing so I will have my agent pick it up). I actually replied, “Sorry, I don’t do scams.” I haven’t gotten many scams since then.