Post # 1
Despite my better judgement, I’m planning to go back to a bridal shop this afternoon to try on a dress I really like, despite already having a dress.
My earlier thread: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/help-should-i-change-dresses-35-weeks-out
My wedding is in 3 weeks so I would need to buy the sample. They said they’d give me 10% off. Just wondering what a bridal shop pays for a sample and what you think a fair discount would be? I’ve heard of other threads of brides getting as much as 25% off a current (not discontinued) sample.
This dress is in the Casablanca Spring 2011 collection and the store hasn’t had the sample for very long.
Post # 3
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 # 4
@brandylynnp – Thanks so much for your input. I’m glad to hear your shop was willing to work with you. I hope the shop I’m dealing with will come down some…
Another question…I’ve heard that you should always pay for a dress with a credit card in case there are issues. Would this still be true for a sample that is final sale? If it would lower the price, maybe I could offer cash?
Any other negotiation techniques?!
Post # 5
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
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
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.
Post # 8
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
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
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
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