I purchased my brand new Mori Lee Blu Line wedding dress on eBay for $185 including the shipping. The dress was being sold by a bridal shop that was clearing out unsold inventory. It is beautiful and fit me perfectly, without alterations. You may be unable to return it, unless the seller specifies that you can, so read the description very carefully.
I purchased my daughter's wedding dress on eBay too. It was a brand new Mori Lee, tags still on it, packed in a protective zippered bag, totally flawless w/ the matching wrap! It was originally priced at $685 and I snagged it for $119 grand total including shipping and insurance for shipping. I felt like I had hit the lotto!
Be sure to scan all the feedback, look at the location, see how professionally the listing is put together, watch for tale-tell signs of scam. Look at how long the seller has been an eBay member. See how many items they are currently listing too. Last, listen to your gut. If it is too good to be true it may well be. Fortunately for my daughter, her dream came true and she has the dress of her dreams.
Good for you! Ebay is a great place to get a lot of good stuff. You're right, though, be careful! Just saw an Oprah show about a girl who tried buying her wedding dress on Ebay. She was outbid on the actual auction, but then got an e-mail from someone saying she had a second chance to buy the dress. They told her to wire money and gave her an excuse that their Paypal account was not working. She wired the $ and never saw a dress. Oprah's guest said scam artists sometimes cruise Ebay looking for "emotional" type items like wedding or baby items, then rip people off.
I saved my sister over $900 on her wedding dress alone on ebay- not to mention the bridesmaid dresses and mothers dresses and flowergirl dresses and flowers and favors.....
I bought my wedding dress on eBay too (see uploaded pic of the actual gown). I paid $56 (that includes shipping!) for a brand new with tags gown, and when I received it, the original price was marked $700! I got lucky and found a woman who buys sample gowns and styles that hadn't sold at bridal salons, and then lists them online. Be sure to check the seller's feedback rating and the measurements of the gown. Ask lots of questions BEFORE you bid, because you don't want to invest with a seller with bad communication -- that's a warning sign! And if you're short like me, choose a wedding dress without embellishment near the bottom, because that makes hemming more difficult (and expensive). A dress with a train is an added expense, too, because you'll need it bustled properly for your reception. You might want to find a seamstress and get ballpark quotes for these services before you buy (I was lucky and my mom hemmed and bustled mine).
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