(Closed) Weighing in on “ethical” purchasing of wedding shoes

posted 6 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

whatever. I try on clothes all the time and decide not to buy them. I see no difference here just because you do plan to buy the shoes eventually. The salon could always offer you a discount or something else that would entice you to buy their shoes there.

That seems a little ridiculous, imo – but I’m a thrifty shopper. So if there’s something I want to buy online, but want to see it in person first, I’d have no qualms about going to a brick & mortar to try it on, then order online.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

I see nothing wrong with trying something on and then finding it cheaper online. I think it’s ridiculous to call it unethical. That’s just smart bargain-shopping, IMO.

Now, if we’re talking that you try on a pair of Louboutins and then order knock-offs from some shady online seller… I’d be more willing to call that unethical.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

umm…WHAT?! How does it affect the designer’s bottom line for you to go try the shoe on at a bridal salon and then buy them online cheaper? That was very rude and strange to say the least.

Post # 6
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7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I think it is unethical when you have that purpose in mind. You are taking advantage of the services offered at the instore retailer. The question is rather how unethical… is it unethical enough to stop you? It’s not like we’re clubbing baby seals.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

That’s ridiculous. Do these people want your business or not?

They admit they’re selling an inferior product for less money, I don’t see how it hurts the designer for you to go into a bridal salon and try on a sample shoe that dozens of other brides have already tried on, then go buy one online that “doesn’t meet the high quality standards” of the label for cheaper.

“It is harmful to all designers when customers try on merchandise in a salon, then order it through an online discounter.”

If you think it’s so bad, then WHY ARE YOU IN BUSINESS GIVING PEOPLE THIS OPTION?

What a double standard.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@ahepburn:  

honestly, I don’t think it’s any less ethical than window shopping/trying things on at stores I know I can’t afford. If the store treats me well, though, I usually pay it forward by talking them up to friends who are less frugal than I am & prefer to shop boutique:) I think that’s fair.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oh please. It’s not for this online store to tell you how to spend your money. Sure, I see their point, and I do try to buy things from brick-and-mortar stores when I’ve benfitted from their assistance, but come on. Tell them to go buy full-priced wedding shoes at a bridal salon and see how they like it!

Post # 10
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5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

LOL they are kidding themselves. I would laugh at them. Seriously.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

They need to calm down, waaaay down. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@ahepburn:  Support local businesses!!!!  But the designers….they’re doing juuuust fine!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

Ugh. How how and mighty are they?

Honestly, after a message like that I wouldn’t give them my money. I’d pay full price from the designer because those people are assholes. It’s none of their business where you shopped around before buying! There are a lot of times I go to stores to try on stuff to figure out sizing and then order online because there’s a bigger selection.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I actually agree with them, stores have much more overhead, if everyone did this the salons would go out of business. I think it’s to their credit they told you this and risked losing a sale.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Actually I like the fact that they were willing to risk making money by standing up for someone else. You mentioned doing something that didn’t sit right with them and instead of them just thinking “hail to the almighty dollar!” they stood by their beliefs. That’s actually an ADMIRABLE trait that we need to see more often.

Whether you or i actually consider your actions unethical is beside the point. I think the thing most people are missing is that someone risked a sale for their beliefs and we don’t see that kind of integrity in business often. So I applaud them.

*but I say buy the shoes wherever the hell you like. I’m for sure getting a china knockoff wedding dress *shrug*.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@Over the Moon:  then why are they even in business? What if the OP can’t afford to spend $x on shoes from the salon?

I get your point, but the online retailer is being incredibly hypocritical, IMO. And it’s really not their business to ‘scold’ a potential customer.

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