Post # 1
Hi there. I am a regular member and contributor on WB but opened this account to put you all on notice …
Be aware – there are some Bees who are trying to make a buck of other Bees. I will spare them the embarrassment of being “NOHOJO-ized” as their behavior obviously doesn’t rise to that level.
Come on now … we are all trying to save money for our own weddings, I understand that! WB is a place where we help and support one another, not screw each other over to make some money off each other.
You know who you are … and I’ve seen this from more than one of you (thankfully I did my research before buying) … Posting items for sale on the WB classifieds and:
– LYING about how much the original or current price is or how much you bought it for to deliberately mislead other Bees;
– RESELLING items (sometimes already once used) after you use them (again), at HIGHER than what you’ve bought them for;
It’s really despicable. You just shouldn’t be on this site if you are trying to benefit at another trusting Bee’s expense. Do it on Ebay, Craigslist, but not WB. Shame on you.
** Bees, when you buy things from other sellers, don’t be afraid to ask WHERE they got the items from, whether they are the original owners, whether the items are new or used and whether they’d be willing to show a receipt verifying the same.
Post # 3
Oh phew! I thought you were going to get mad at those of us who have etsy shops 🙂 I just posted my shop for the first time the other day, I didn’t want to give a bad impression!
I agree though, if you’ve noticed this behavior then that’s ridiciulous! I think most of us though do serious research before we buy anything wedding related, especially online. I don’t think these girls will be able to pull it off.
Post # 4
I think this makes a great reminder to do your used-goods shopping wisely and communicate well with your sellers to make sure you’re not being taken advantage of!
Post # 5
I flag their posts. I’ve had at least one classified deleted because of blatant dishonesty like that. As someone who has both sold and purchased dresses, I get really offended. Thanks for posting this.
Post # 6
Oh, no! I love Etsy!
Quite often, I see postings for items that have been USED but are being resold at the same price + shipping.
Most recently, I noticed that someone had purchased multiple items from multiple other bees, used those items for her wedding and then resold them (or is trying to resell them) for up to TRIPLE the price she paid.
Granted, the price the items were offered at were the same as the RETAIL price, so even if bees did research, they would be buying the used items at the same original price. I saw a number of interested buyers who I believe have NO idea that they are buying twice used items from a seller who herself purchased it at 1/3 the price … that is what I was getting at, and that is what infuriates me.
Post # 7
I agree with what you are saying, but I think that sometimes, not all of the time, some bees have paid more for an item(s) depending on where they are located. And maybe they just didn’t shop around before they bought. Before anyone makes a purchase, they should be doing their research to find out if the item(s) is offered somewhere else for less than what the seller bee is offering their item(s) for, then they can either offer a different price to the seller bee or they can move on. I am looking for a specific dress for a reception dress and there is a seller bee selling hers. Unfortuneatley it is the wrong color for me, but she did pay higher for her dress than she should have. What she paid is almost $200.00 more than what I can purchase it for new in the color that I want. It may be because the style was new when she purchased it and it is later in the season now, but I think in this case it is geographical. I must admit though that I have seen some pretty outrageous prices on some things and just with common sense, I would have to pass on those.
Post # 8
@noritake22: I think that’s a really good point, but personally, I have spend so much time scouring OnceWed and Preownedweddingdresses, that I can almost immediately spot the duplicates. They’ll have listed the dress for $1k in some places and then $800 in others. I get that as they lower their prices, the older listing might stay up, but I have actually found instances of the original seller’s posting being up and then the new seller using the first sellers pictures and everything, stating that they paid more than the original seller’s price and then charging $100 more (I assume to recoup the cost and cover shipping/paypal fees/their first shippnig). I understand that they bought a used dress and aren’t using it, but the fact is, they’re not going to get that money back and they shouldn’t be dishonest about it.
The one that made me mad enough to flag was a bee who actually posted on the boards talking about the great deal she got buying the store sample, and then she listed it in the classifieds for like 8x (yes 800%) of what she paid!!!! I also saw her posting on OnceWed (she did it all around the same time) where she even went so far as to list the original price as what it would have been retail and had that condition as new, even though it was a sample. I mean, that’s just blatantly trying to rip people off! Also, stupid…
Post # 9
@Amaryllis: That is really sad. I haven’t been that intense about looking for used items online. I tend not to trust the sellers anyway, but the one seller on here that I did talk to was honest about everything and did offer to send me a picture of the reciept for what she paid. I just alerted her to what price I found for new, so that when she actually lists her dress, she will have a starting point. If she wants to list it for half of what she paid, it will be close to the price of new here. I can’t believe the one you found sellig for 800% more. That would make me livid. I think that as more posts like yours are made, more and more brides will learn to do their research, at least we can hope they will. I know I have seen candy jars listed for way more than the retail price at Michaels or Joanns. And smart shoppers should just use coupons to get them for even less.
Post # 10
This actually ahppened to me. I bought a once used, twice owned dress for an ok price. I went back to the seller’s knot page and she had posted about her selling the used dress for what she paid and only lost $25 in shipping. She told me she had paid much more for it then she really did.
Post # 11
@noritake22: heh heh. I noticed that about the candy jars, too 🙂
Post # 13
@ATP2011: A lady who ripped some other bees.
Post # 14
@noritake22: I think what infuriated me the most (to even write this post) was the fact that, like you, I am typically distrusting of most sellers on Ebay, Craigslist or other sites is because there are scammers galore trying to sell things, and you just take your chances that they are telling the truth and it is not stolen, whatever. But here on WB, I honestly believe that we Bees are here to help each other out and save each other money, not scam and lie to each other. So when I saw certain posts (and looked up those Bees previous history) I found that they were not just trying to recover the cost they paid plus shipping (which in my opinion would be questionable anyway if they actually used the stuff) but trying to make a buck off others. To me, it’s more of the principle than anything else.
One of the scammers even went so far as to imply that she was helping me out (not in those exact words) by letting me buy them, since there were so many interested buyers.
PLEASE! Spare me.
And Bees, please do your research. Ask where to buy things for cheapest, and ask which stores might have discounts — ask on the Boards. The Bees on the Boards are great. If you ask on the Classifieds, you might get a ton of responses from people just trying to scam you, like I did 🙁
Oh, and I saw a post just today about a person trying to sell an item from her company, saying it was the best. Had to do with high heeled shoe thingies. Couple of posts later look like the exact same post except it’s from a different user who claimed that those high heeled thingies worked soooo great at some wedding and were better than the other brand, hands down. I clicked on that 2nd profile and what do I see? Only a handful of posts, and they ALL had to do with the same product. Coincidence? I think not.
Post # 15
i buy stuff on sale all the time, and then resell it for more than I paid stating the RRP non sale price in the ad. who doesn’t?
Post # 16
@foxi: I don’t!!!
@Comeonnow: There were similar posts to the shoe ones last night in regard to some gowns. I reported both of them. I just don’t get some people. It is too bad that there have to be people like that that ruin it for the honest sellers. I used to sell on eBay and I got so fed up with the scams and politics that I just stuck with my own websites.