(Closed) What’s a fair discount on a relatively new dress sample?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

There was a sample I really liked when I was shopping, and was over my budget (I think $1200), my budget was $500.  They told me that they could meet me in closer to the middle at $800-$900.  That is 25% off or more.  I think that 25% is fair, since it is a floor sample that has been tried on, and your invoice is going to say “As IS, final sale”.

EDIT:  And I LOVE that you are going for this second dress, you rock that dress babe!!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The dress I ended up with was a final sale, and I wrote a check.  It was sold as is, no return/exchange; so I didn’t sweat the paper trail.  Plus I can always get a copy of the cancelled check from my bank if something way wacky went wrong.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think 10% is probably fair for a dress from 2011 Spring Collection, but I’d ask for 20%…maybe you will get 15%

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I bought the sample dress because I was the only person to ever put it on and it fit me perfectly. They gave me 25% off for buying the sample dress.

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

I dont have experience with this, but I think that seems low unless its new like this year.. as for a higher percent off the worst they could say is no. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I bought a sample from a bridal salon and got 50% off the dress.  it was from the spring 2011 line and I made the purchase in April.  I lucked out because the dress was in pristine condition. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If it’s in fairly pristine condition and the dress is a current line, if they sell you the sample, they can’t sell anyone else that dress…assuming that by the time they got a new sample in the dress would be pretty far along in its life span.  They need to profit off the dress, not just recover their investment.

Most samples get sold b/c they are either in bad shape or b/c they are getting discontinued.  In that case the owner is just trying to bet back their cost.  40-50% off is pretty typical.

I’d ask for 20% and settle for 15%…or the 10% plus an accessory or some other perk if you really, really want it.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The shop I went to sells them for 1/2 off I got a maggie sottero ashely for $200 and that was closer to like 70% off

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