(Closed) Would you buy a dress from a store that is not listed as an authorized dealer?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Is it safe to buy my dress from this store?
    Yes : (3 votes)
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    No : (12 votes)
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  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i would go for it, especially since you found good reviews on google (as long as the good reviews don’t look fake). make sure you get in writing that you are ordering a specific dress – include the designer and style number. that way if it turns out to be a scam, you have recourse.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Ok heres my advice from a personal experience.

    If you WANT authentic then do your resesarch (which it seems you’ve done)

    Then (if your conscience isn’t too overbearing) start calling all of them. Now this works better particularly for designers that restrict their retail pricing like Maggie Sottero. Name a price about 15-20%(or more) less than the retail price and say that this is what you were quoted by another autherized retailer… Generally thats when the discunts start rolling .

     

    Maggie doesn’t allow her dresses to be discounted but by callling around I found an AUTHORIZED retailer willing to beat another retailer’s price at 20% off of the listing and topped it off by including FREE alterations and steaming. Thats why they call me the discount queen. I had to get creative at saving money, since I got set back a great deal when I lost my job a few months ago.

     

    I do warn you if you will feel bad about saving money that way, then don’t do it. But if AUTHENTIC is the only thing you want I would sugest you buy a sample gown, a used gown, or pay full price.

     

    I would be careful buying from non-authorized dealers, just because they could be replicas. But if the dress looks great and feels great then no worries. The outcome for replicas I’ve seen are 50/50. If someone sells a designer’s clothing I can’t see why they wouldn’t be authorized unless they were a consignment shop.

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    If I were you I would go and take a look at the dress for sure!

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    What stores do is they work with other stores, but I’m not sure how it could be that much cheaper.  Also it is not reccomended since that store cannot contact the designer if there is something wrong with it but have to go through a middle man which may or may not work so well.  What Designer are you looking for anyway?

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2012

    i dunno, this seems very fishy to me. the fact that she can get “any dress from any designer”….

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I dunno, but if it is a store you can phisically go to and talk to a real person and you will be picking your dress up there it will prob be OK.  If it’s online I wouldn’t do it.  Never heard of the designer either.

    Post # 13
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @beebeebuzzbuzz: that’s just it, though- if something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    There have been horror stories lately about stores burning down or closing in the middle of the night. If you buy your gown through an authorized retailer, chances are the dseigner will help you get the dress you ordered even if the store doesn’t exist. However, if the store orders it through another store, you will not have information such as the store’s account number it was ordered from, confirmation number, or any other information they would need to track to get you a new dress. In my opinion, it is way too big of risk!

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee

    I don’t know about that as in, if something is too good to be true, it probably is. That’s because I wanted a dress by Enzoani and I called and called and I found someone willing to get it for me for $400 off the retail price (and no tax too!!) I didn’t end up going with him. AND he was an autorized retailer. I usually do my research and it sounds like you have too. Good luck.

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @beebeebuzzbuzz: Well I was willing to drive a distance for my dress because I loved it that much. So my radius was much wider. I was able to do this successfully with retailers because they really want your business. To be honest your chances are 50/50. One of my mottos is “It never hurts to aske right?”

    SO if they request a name, give them one off of the list of authorized retailers within 100 mile radious lol.   Someone is bound to jump. I caled about 20 stores and had no problem with anyone trying to call to check. But just in case this happens call a lot of stores like I did…. Getting married makes you do crazy things!! All in the name of LOVE!! lol

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