Post # 1
I see that a lot of people say they’re selling maggie dresses. Some looks like scams, some looks like bridalstores getting rid of stuff they don’t need, and some are people saying they are weddingdresshunters who will order a dress for you…
Who should I trust? did you buy your dress from someone on the board, and did it work out? I’m worried I’ll end up with no dress or a replica:/
Post # 3
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
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
Yes, but I know how to not be scammed or how to minimize my chances.
Post # 6
@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 # 7
Thanks for your help:) I actually never buy anything other than dvds or stuff like that online, so I’ve actually never used Paypal before. I don’t mean to sound like an idiot, but could you explain how it works? If I have and agreement on something with someone, and pay for an item, what if they never even send it?
Should I not pay until they send it? Why would they agree to that when they risk mailing something and not get their money?
Post # 8
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
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
@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 # 11
You said: “Even with Paypal, you can see how many transactions the seller has had”
Where do you see that? (I know NOTHING about Paypal^^)
Post # 12
@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.