(Closed) *Warning* Bees Trying to Make a Buck off other Bees :(

posted 10 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 17
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1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m all for promoting a fair and happy community on WB and I certainly don’t condone lying about an item for sale in any way (ie. saying something is new when it has been used, receiving payment but never actually shipping the item, lying about the quality of an item, etc.) but honestly, an item is worth what someone will pay for it. It is your own responsibility to do your research before you buy. I believe that a certain amount of mark-up is fine. Maybe someone got a great deal on a dress because they got up at 4 am and fought off hundreds of other brides, can she resell it for an increased price based on the effort it took her to buy it, dry clean it, package, and ship it? What if someone spent months sifting through Goodwill to acquire a collection of vases for only a few dollars each, doesn’t she deserve a little extra money from the buyer who didn’t have to do anything? Maybe I’m misunderstanding what the post is about, but I don’t think making money by reselling items that other people need and agree to pay a certain price for is dishonest or malicious.

Post # 18
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53 posts
Worker bee

I forgot to say that I never use something and then say it’s new, It’s alwaye represented well in ads on online sites. and I don’t say I paid the price I just state the RRP, and if someone wants to buy it then that’s good. Usually I about break even.

I don’t sell stuff on here at all

I can’t see what the problem is in doing it. as long as both people are happy!

Post # 19
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3538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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@kirabee: good point!

Post # 20
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Bee Keeper

I see a problem with the lying part.  If you’re honest about it and state you woke up at 4am to fight off other brides to get it at a discount at a sample sale, that’s one thing.  But to say you bought it at a retail store for full price is dishonest.  And it effects the type of people attracted to buy it.  It affects the value.  So I get what she’s saying about people saying they paid [X] amount retail, but really they paid [X/8] for it on the WB classifieds.  An item’s chain of custody effects its value.  People may not be so happy to pay $1000 for a dress that actually cost the seller $350 because that means that dress must be available for sale somewhere for $350.  Or it means the dress could have a cosmetic/color defect which affected the value.  Or even that it had been stuffed in a box and shipped who-knows-how-many times would affect the value.  Even if it was new with tags, in the original packaging.

Really sellers should ask themselves: why do you feel the need to lie?  Would you be able to sell the item at the same price if you were honest?  If not, then you are doing something wrong.

Post # 21
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2530 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

what does NOHOJO stand for? Ive seen it in a couple other places tool…

Post # 22
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3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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@clarebee: I was wondering the same thing!

Also I dont think there is anything wrong with listing something for the MSRP or  under if you got it on sale and its new. That IS why people buy stuff on sale to resell it to make money. As long as you are not selling it for MORE then the MSRP I dont think there is a problem.

But I agree with others if you dont like the price offer less or dont buy it.

Post # 23
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286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I got screwed on Ebay by someone who said she had a certain veil from David’s Bridal that was $190 in the store and i won the bid from her for $55.00. When i got the veil, i knew right away it was definitely not the one i was looking for. I emailed her and she assured me it was the veil and i assured her it was not because i took it to David’s Bridal.  She ended up giving me all my money back plus the shippng i paid. I did end up finding the veil on WB, paid $115 for it which was still a huge savings but it still had the tags on it so i know it was genuine. Buyer beware i guess.

Post # 24
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3997 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Maybe its the bees trying to make a profit that are making it difficult for me to sell my item.  I haven’t tried to buy anything for the wedding from a 3rd party but I’d be so upset if that happened to me.  I don’t get how people sleep at night knowing they’re profiting off of people like that.  I bought a wedding dress from a bridal store near me, changed my mind and want to sell it.  But I don’t how to even do it because I don’t want to come across as an online seller creep.  Ugh.  I almost sold it, I was nothing but truthful, intended to help with shipping and still nothing.  Maybe I should just donate it….

Post # 25
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120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

don’t like their asking price?  don’t buy it.

Post # 26
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119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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@kirabee:I totally agree with you as far as items are only worth what buyers are willing to pay for them. And the seller doesn’t have to include information about what she actually paid for it as long as she is honest about the retail price and if it’s new or used. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with someone making a profit reselling an item, new or used, as long as she doesn’t provide misinformation about the item in order to make the sale. Because maybe it’s worth more than the retail price for her to just keep it, but if someone is willing to pay more then she will part with it. Sounds crazy, but it’s fair.

As far as the community here being different/more honest than Ebay or Craigslist.. I think no matter where you are, buyer beware. It’s your responsibility as a buyer to do your research and if you don’t then you are taking the chance of paying more than you would have if you had been informed. It’s one thing if you receive a veil the seller was promising to be a specific brand/style and find out that she was lying, but quite another if you just go on quickly to buy any veil and don’t do some background first about how much a used veil should cost.

Post # 27
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Sugar bee

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@Mrs. Alias: I totally agree with that. I’ve seen some things on the classifieds that just make me shake my head. I was looking for chargers, and I know how much they go for. Then when I see someone trying to rent/sell it for $2 each, I almost want to convulse with laughter. I just figure, I’ll look for a few other bees living near me, we split the costs and use the chargers. When it comes to gowns, I can’t help though. I live in NYC where they always have sample sales. My friend bought her Monique Llullier for $1700 originally $7000. Spent $700 on alterations (some uber expensive lady on the Upper East Side) however, she sold it for original price. Why? She spent a lot of time trying to get that dress AND the buyer was HAPPY to get it at that price (she did say how much she paid for it AND she drycleaned it before she resold it)

Post # 28
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Bumble Beekeeper

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@clarebee: I think someone mentioned earlier that it was the name of a user who was ripping people off on the classifieds. I don’t know specifics, but seem to remember something to that effect from a few months back.

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