(Closed) wanting to sell my dress but no luck :-(

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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berchiena:  craigslist or local Facebook swap pages seem to work well for selling dresses in my area. I personally have the best luck on eBay though. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Try Tradesy.com

good luck!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

I don’t know where would be best, but I’ve sold dresses on eBay before and I find they sell best if you:

– include P&P in the price. So offer it for £200 instead of £195 + £5 p&p for example

– have a good photo. Make it look beautiful and put it on a dress makers dummy rather than on you. It emphasised the “never worn” aspect

– mention ~why~ you are selling it. Let people know that there is nothing wrong with it, it is just not for you.

– Take up close photographs of any detailing 

– Give as many measurements as you can!

 

Hope this helps 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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berchiena:  I sold my dress regret dress on Ebay in one week. I priced it to sell though. Keep in mind that if you choose ebay there is a sellers fee and paypal fee that you should factor into your price. You only pay the fee if the dress sells. If you do Ebay, I would search for new seller deals. I got a $50 ebay gift card for selling my first item, which more than covered the fees I paid, so it all worked out. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I look on idonowidont regularly for ideas although there is a 15% fee.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

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berchiena:  I think the biggest factor is price. As long as you have good pictures (you got great tips above on selling!), then the price is key. I was certain that I would buy preowned, but several sellers were really trying to recoup exactly, or just below, what they paid. Even several dresses that were altered and used weren’t discounted much. One dress that I really wanted, the seller just wouldn’t budge on the price- her dress is still for sale, for the same price, nine months later. 

Good luck! You got some great tips above- I hope it sells soon!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

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robsbeach:  i agree about the price being the factor. 

 

I feel that some brides are too emotionally attached to the dresses to list them at a price that will sell. Most people looking for items on kijiji ect are looking to buy at 50% off ( from an article I read) When I was previously engaged my dress retailed for around $2000 and I purchased used for about $800.00. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

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Peachytalk:  It’s crazy, isn’t it?! Almost all the dresses that I was interested in on POWD are still listed, at the very same, high price. There is a Blakely Maggie Sottero listed on Tradesy for more than it was actually listed for at original price at a salon near me- and, she not only altered it, but wore it for her wedding, so it’s a used a gown for about fifty dollars more than I could have ordered it new! I’m all for paying a fair price for a gown- I think it benefits all of us- but some people are really trying to get all their money back. I’m going to have to list a gown soon, and while I never wore it or altered it, I’m probably going to list it for far less than POWD values it, as I feel like it will just sit on the website if it is listed too high.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

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berchiena:  I don’t know which dress you are selling, but that doesn’t sound like much for a wedding dress. Hopefully, Ebay will work for you! Good luck!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Real talk. I would never pay more than 50% for a pre-owned dress. It drives me batty to see people who think they can have all the benefit of wearing a brand new, obscenely expensive dress and then pass the cost of their dream dress off to the next person. Anyone who pays more than 50% is rewarding such spoiled behaviour.

It’s a little different with unworn dresses, but if yours is not an in-demand dress, you really do have to have realistic expectations on price, and again that’s somewhere in the vicinity of a 50% discount. If you think about it for a $1,000.00 dress, a 25% discount is $250 and I think for a lot of people, they’d rather just order from the salon where they can save themselves the headache of buying preowned. 50%, $500 and you start piquing some interest. 

ETA:The older the dress is, the steeper the discount needs to be, and if the dress is truly out of style, one might just have to accept that it won’t sell. 

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Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

If you price it at about 40%of what you paid for it, it should sell. What is the retail value?

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