Post # 1
Hi Bees, I’m new to the board and the whole wedding game! I’m in love with the Claire Pettibone and Jenny Packham dresses. I found this Claire Pettibone Brigitte dress at preownedweddingdresses.com.
My question is how reputable is the website and what was your experience with it like? And any other recommended webiste for preowned wedding dresses? Thx!
Here’s a screen cap.
Post # 2
I didn’t end up buying my dress from that wevsite, but I wanted too. Haha just couldn’t fine something I wanted and close enough to my size.
Other websites that I looked on that I heard good things about:
Post # 3
ohsparkly: Thanks for your reply! I’m just overwhelmed by my options. I’d like to be budget conscious but still get my dream dress. I was also worried about preownedweddingdresses.com since the website’s design looks a bit dated if you know what I mean, but they definitely have a huge selection of dresses. I will check out the website you gave! Thanks again!
Post # 4
Be very careful when buying second-hand online. I very nearly got scammed by someone on preownedweddingdresses.com
I found a dress that I loved, contacted the seller and she sent loads of pics. The price was very good and she seemed reasonable. I asked her to send a copy of the original invoice from the store, which she did, although I decided to be overly safe and forwarded the invoice to the original store for verification. They informed me that the invoice was fake! I queried the seller and they got quite irate .. and I also contacted the website and they informed me that they had found the seller to be a scammer.
Not everyone on these sites are scammers (95% are genuine) but do your research: ask for specific photos (scammers generally steal pics from the internet so ask them to take specific pics e.g. ask for a closeup of a certain feature, or ask for a pic of the dress in natural light etc), ask for receipts as I did, and contact the site directly if you smell a rat. Always pay with a safe method (e.g. Paypal has buyer protection in most cases, certain credit cards have fraud insurance etc).
I don’t mean to put you off as I personally have sold a dress on this website, but there are lots of scammers so do be careful.
Hope that helps! Best of luck in your search.
Post # 5
I both bought and sold a dress of preownedweddingdresses.com. When I sold I offered to Skype and/or take pictures of the dress in any angle the bride would like so that she had the oppourtunity to see exacly what she wanted. I tried to be as honest as possible.
The dress i bought is pretty close as it was described but I kinda took a change. My seller wasnt that warm and fuzzy. Some people end up being close to their seller, but mine I kinda felt if I asked to many questions would decided not to sell the dress. It wsa the only way I was getting the dress so I attempted not to ask to many question. She did however try to skype me and send me a picture of her in the dress. I also googled her name and found out she was a real person (found a wedding and baby registry). Those things made me feel more comfortable because they aligned with what she had previously said.<br /><br />I would suggest using escrow if you can. If you can, they dont release the money intill you obtian the dress AND inspect it.
Post # 6
I bought my dress there and had a great experience. I found someone whose measurements were close to mine so alterations were minimal.
I used an an online escrow agent and we agreed to terms prior to her shipping the dress to me. The money was held in escrow contingent upon my receipt and approval of the dress. I had 3 days to approve or reject/return. I forget all of the terms but it worked well and gave me the sercirity I needed to make the purchase.
Post # 8
PeonyGirl7: I bought a gorgeous perfect new designer dress from Your Dream Dress at a huge discount. not only did they send me a new dress when the first one didn’t fit, but they helped me style it too. They were so great, they really made the whole experience a dream.
They are on pre owned, but they also have their own site. I can’t rave about them enough.