(Closed) Who would you reccomend buying a Maggie dress from in the classifieds?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I would talk and talk and talk or even make a PHONE CALL to hear the person’s voice, before sending over ANY money.

Post # 4
1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You can also click on the person’s username and see if they’re a member of the boards, how much they contribute, etc.  If they’re only posting to the classifieds, then I would say they’re not a bride necessarily and probably a vendor or dressmaker.

If you do find a dress you want to purchase, I would pay with Paypal so that you have their buyer protection.  The seller has to upload a delivery confirmation number and if the dress doesn’t arrive, or isn’t as described, then Paypal will help you get your money back (but you do have to return the gown and pay for the return shipping).

FWIW, I’m selling my Maggie gown:

Post # 5
4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Yes, but I know how to not be scammed or how to minimize my chances.

Post # 6
5269 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2016

@vmec:try only real sellers, not ppl that will “find” it for you. like the PP… thats a real seller. Recycled brides,preownedweddingdresses.com, sites like that. not seller who contact u saying they will find it!

Post # 8
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you’re worried about not recieving what you thought you bought you can look into using a service like escrow.com too.  I don’t know a whole lot about how it works, but from what I gather you send them money and the seller sends them the dress, then they will give the seller the money when you have approved the dress, or you can send the dress back to them to return to the seller and they will return your money.  This way you don’t have to trust a random stranger.

Post # 9
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

That right there  sounds like a good idea, kiddosc:)

Would it raise some flags for you if the seller wouldn’t agree to do it? 

Post # 10
1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@CooperRose: With Paypal, you set up an account with them and have it linked directly with your bank account.  You can also set it up to pay with your credit card instead of your bank account.

With Paypal, the seller will send you an invoice which shows what you’re purchasing and the total dollar amount for the sale.  You would then pay the invoice and the seller is required to ship your item out and provide a delivery confirmation number (so you can track the package).  Paypal has buyer protection – if you receive the item and it’s not what you were expecting, you can return the item (at your own cost) and once you have provide a delivery confirmation back to them (showing that you shipped the item back), your original purchase amount is refunded (but you’re out whatever it cost to ship it back). 

Even with Paypal, you can see how many transactions the seller has had.  I mainly sell on Ebay but have done 20+ transactions straight through paypal (with wedding items and items I’ve sold on Craigslist).  Maybe I’m just lucky, but I’ve never had any problems that weren’t able to be resolved (and I’ve never been scammed by a seller where an item has never been received).

Post # 12
1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@CooperRose:   Go to Paypal and spend some time learning about how it works.  If the seller is verified, it means they’ve gone through Paypal’s “hoops” to show they’re legit.  I would set up an account with Paypal and then read everything you can about how it works.  Their buyer protection is spelled out as well.


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