Buying a wedding dress from China
through Ebay

by Mandy
(Ireland)

After reading your helpful comments on here, I decided to ask the seller I've been thinking about buying from for a couple of fabric swatches so I could be sure the color was as I'd hoped.


I asked for 3 different red samples, and a sample of the ivory and white satin the dress would be made from. They were willing enough to send me the swatches but wanted over 32 dollars for postage. Seemed a bit drastic to me for 5 tiny samples and I told the seller so. They replied to say that they'd re-listed the dress (during our communications the dress I was interested in had been bought, but I'd had my eye on the dress for the better part of a year and I knew they made them again and again) and to feel free to buy. I told them thank you, but I don't think I'll buy the dress because the postage for the samples is too expensive and without samples I couldn't know the colors were right for me.

Seems to me that it should not be so expensive to post some tiny scraps of satin. I bought a dress for my daughter from China before on Ebay and the postage was only around 8 euro.

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through Ebay

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Sep 01, 2011
Buying your Perfect Dress from China - DHGate Review
by: Anonymous

Do yourself a favor and find a bridal store here in the states! It all sounds good, and the pictures they show you will make you fall in love with the dress as you imagine yourself "wearing that dress on the beach"...
I got my dress, it was the wrong color, I fought with the "seller" concerning whether I was correct or them. My dress was to be all white, it had these horrible rust colored flowers on the bodice. I supplied pictures, information, etc, and finally the company, DHGate, agreed on a full refund, WITH ME PAYING THE COST OF THE RETURN. It would cost me over $120 to mail the dress back, and then there is NO GUARANTEE that the dress is actually received, even with a tracking number, which means the dress can be held in customs, OR YOU PAY TO HAVE IT SHIPPED BACK TO YOU!
THIS WAS A MAJOR MISTAKE ON MY PART TO ORDER A DRESS INTERNATIONALLY. I AM OUT THE COST OF THE DRESS, DIDN'T GET THE RIGHT DRESS, AND I CAN NOT AFFORD TO SEND THE DRESS BACK BECAUSE IT COST MORE TO SEND IT BACK THAN I PAID FOR IT.
SAVE YOUR MONEY...DON'T BUY FROM DHGATE, OR ANY OTHER INTERNATIONAL PLACE...YOU WILL BE MISERABLE!

Jun 11, 2010
Prices
by: Anonymous

I believe one of the reasons (just an opinion) they charge so much for shipping is because Ebay gets a percentage of the money they make off the item but not from shipping. They have very low prices on the item (so they pay less) and very high shipping charges because they keep this.

And of course, they will not refund that if you return the item.

Jan 12, 2010
Buying A Wedding Dress From China Through Ebay
by: Desiree

Thanks Mandy for your contribution. I have been hearing from brides that the shipping and handling they pay for their gowns have been around $80 or more, which is quite a bit in my opinion!

But that is a lot of money for a company to charge to ship 1" to 2" square samples! I don't know how they were going to ship it, but when I receive samples from fabric companies they ship in a regular letter size envelope. An envelope is really all that is needed to ship them. I can't imagine a letter from China costing $32 for postage.

I know one thing I am with you in your move not to do business with that company. With fees that high for samples, who knows what your gown would have cost to ship!

The company you were going to order from may make a good quality garment but if their customer service is not up to par, or have outrageous fees... they could find more people, like yourself, not doing business with them.

Jan 12, 2010
Watch Out For EBay Vendors
by: Anonymous

Oh yes, you have to watch out for eBay vendors. There are a couple that really gouge the prices to ship their wedding dresses, which is why I really hesitated buying a dress from any that listed China as the location.

Some of them are even starting the gown auctions as low as $0.99 US then gouging over $100.00 US for shipping! Ridiculous.

Seriously, go to LightInTheBox.com to buy your gowns. :-)

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