(Closed) Why do they think its worth so much in resale value?!

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Eh. I haven’t decided yet whether I’m going to sell my dress after the wedding but if I did, I wouldn’t go any lower than half price. It’s not worth it to me to sell it if I’m not making back at least half of what we paid for it. I wouldn’t even try to sell it if it wasn’t in perfect condition, worn once, and dry cleaned. I feel like what is the point if I paid a lot for something not to get something back for it? I’d rather keep it than give it away for nothing.

Post # 4
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8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Depending on the item(s), I am willing to pay almost full price, if the item(s) have only been used once and are in brand new condition; however, if I can find it for 50% off or more retail, that would be the ideal situation. The dresses that are going for $100.00 may not be in pristine condition and they probably haven’t been cleaned, so the brides just want to get rid of them. The one that is selling for $1.200.00 has probably had hers cleaned and is not ready to part with it yet. If the dress is a current style, she should at least mark it down 25% or more.

Post # 5
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2867 posts
Sugar bee

Yeah, I’ve noticed it too. I actually wanted to post something on this subject but I don’t have the guts :/

I think some people believe their stuff is worth more than it is.  I really haven’t found anything priced low yet.

Post # 6
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3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I agree the price differences are crazy! I am selling a new dress for $350 and ive seen dresses stright out of the 80’s listed for over $700! I think people just pull numbers outa there ass when selling stuff. I know my boss does!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Maybe it’s to leave negotiation room. You’d be shocked at how much some buyers try lowball. Before my wedding I wasn’t sure if I was going to wear a dress I ordered. It was a brand new 2010 collection Romona Keveza. Purchase price was $3600, I listed it for $3000. Now whoever buys that is already getting a $600 deal on an unused, unaltered spanking new dress. I had two people email me within a couple days asking if I will sell it for $1500. Now why would I do that??? I didn’t even bother to reply and I ended up wearing the dress as a reception dress. Now that it’s altered and used, it’s worth $1500 in my opinion, although I didn’t put it up for sale yet.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

Well, to me, when I drop things off at Salvaton Army (I’m talking clothes and shoes with their tags on) it’s probably worth more to me to get even 10% of their retail value back than to give it for free. I am not a sentimental person, AND I live in NYC where space is at a premium so best believe I am selling that dress for whatever I can get… as long as it’s not $0. Wait, I don’t even have a dress, but you get the idea….

Post # 9
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2867 posts
Sugar bee

If it’s brand new and unaltered, that would be fine.  But I’ve been to all the different sites for used gowns and to WB classifieds, and some of these people want 90% of what they paid for it after their wedding.  No thanks.  If it costs me the same or a little more to buy a new dress and have it altered, I’d rather do that.  As for wedding supplies, people want full price (what they paid) for mismatched or very few items that clearly could not function by themselves (you’d have to find more of the same item anyways).

I think though, there is a certain price like kittyachi said that has to be met to make it worth their while to sell just to either overcome sentimental value or the cleaning cost.  However, I’ve seen dresses from the 80’s-90’s, and want crazy amounts…yeah, no thanks.

Post # 11
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2742 posts
Sugar bee

Mind you, we have not yet factored in shipping costs. It’s not everything you can just pop around the corner and pick up. I doubt a lot of classified folks live around the corner from me here.

Post # 12
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3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

The one trying to sell it for almost retail price may not have used or altered it at all.  It’s fairly common for a bride to buy a dress, then fall in love with a different one, and buy the second one hoping to sell the first one.  What they don’t realize is that a dress loses value the moment you take it out of the store, even if you never touch it.  If someone is going to pay full retail, they want to be able to try the dress on, compare it with others, etc.  And they want a retail store standing behind it, so they can take legal action if something goes wrong.

Dresses are actually one of the hardest wedding items to sell.  We’ve sold almost all our other stuff, but still have one of the two dresses and one of the two veils left.  We’re only asking half of what we bought them for–and we bought them for less than full retail.  However, someone who likes your table linens can always buy them.  Someone who likes your dress, but is a size 2 when you’re a size 28 or vice versa, can’t buy yours.  So your market is a whole lot smaller.

Post # 13
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1775 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Yes, I couldn’t believe what people were asking for stuff.  After the wedding, I sold our tablecloths on craigslist.  It’s not much better on the other side.  The loons I dealt with!   I was selling tablecloths that it would have cost us $15 to RENT for $12, cleaned and ready to go.  Yes, they were used once, but if you rent them, they won’t be new either.   I had people ask me to rent them, someone offer me $7 for all of them (20 tablecloths- no thanks, I’d donate to charity before I would do that), and a TON of people saying they needed round after I had very clearly said they were rectangular and gave the dimensions.  60 by 126 is not round!

Post # 14
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3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I hear what all of you are saying, I see some ridiculously priced stuff too. What makes me laugh is when a girl puts a bogus purchase price like $8K when I know the dress sells in the stores for $5K. Just don’t lie and assume that people are stupid.

My point however was that it almost makes sense to inflate the price knowing people will try to bargain whatever price you put. I think most people that buy used stuff online get a kick from the bargaining. Now that I know people have the nerve to offer $1500 for a brand new $3600 dress; when I do want to sell it for $1500 I will price it for at least $2000. Then I at least have room for negotiation when people offer me something ridiculous, at least I can try to meet them halfway.

Post # 15
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135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I totally agree. I’ve seen some posts for items (even here on W.Bee) labelled as “vintage”, when they are items from Save-on Crafts! I saw one post that was asking more than the retail price from Save-on. I feel a little aggravated…I mean, I know that brides are trying to recoup costs, but come on…we’re all in the same boat! It was only a few weeks/months ago that they, too, were trying to put together a wedding and stay within a budget! If an item is used, it’s used, full-stop.

(I blame the high markup on the advent of Ebay.)

Post # 16
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135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Also…I am not going to try to ruin someone’s sale, but there are so many brides selling wedding dresses that they claim have “never been worn”, and the reason that they give is that the wedding was called off. Come on…I’m sure that happens occasionally, but scores of bride-to-be’s getting ditched? Sounds fishy to me. Just admit that you wore the dress, already!

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