Guide To Selling An Irish Dance Dress
Added 17th Mar 2013 by Danny Lewin
Thinking about putting your dress up for sale? Here's a guide to help you!
When selling a dress, the price is one of the most important factors to consider and may make or break a sale. You need to look at it from the perspective of the buyer, not what you originally paid for it or what you think its worth. Trying to sell a dress for 1,500 when buyers will think its only worth 900, will result in your dress sitting unsold for quite a while. But if you ask for the right price, and sell a dress that's worth say 800 for 800 you will be inundated with emails as the price is attractive to buyers. Which will result in a quick sale.
When selling a dress look at dresses similar in age, and style. There's no use trying to sell a dress from 2-3 years ago at today's prices, as people will simply move on. Dresses in fashion, with styles in high demand will be able to fetch a higher price than a dress that is currently out of style.
So be honest with yourself, and you will sell your dress allot faster!
Dealing With Buyers
When a potential buyer contacts you about your dress, always be honest about the condition of the dress and also the conditions of the sale. You don't want an un-happy buyer demanding a refund because the dress isn't what they were expecting!
Will you accept refunds, will you ship internationally? You will need to make it clear who pays shipping and taxes if applicable. If the buyer is from overseas, there may be extra taxes to pay.
There are many payment options out there including cheque's, paypal and direct deposit. Each have varying pros and cons and varying fees attached.
If you use paypal and hold a valid US paypal account, your transaction will be covered by seller protection. Paypal allows you to receive monies from varying sources though there are transaction fees that would be taken from your asking price. The fee is approx 3.5% of your asking price.
If your preferred method of payment is in the form of a cheque, ask for a bank/cashiers cheque in your home currency. This way you wont loose out if the exchange rate fluctuates and you wont have to pay any conversion fees your bank may charge.
Personal cheque's would potentially have a higher bounce rate. If a cheque bounces banks will charge YOU for this not the buyer. And again if the buyer is from outside your country, you may have to pay your bank a fee and the cheque will be converted using your banks exchange rates which may not be the same as the actually exchange rate.
Only send your item once the cheque has fully cleared. If you send the item before, you run the risk of loosing your dress AND your money. If the buyer is happy with the dress, then the sale would be considered complete.
If the seller is dissatisfied and asks to return the dress (and you are willing to accept a return) have the buyer send the dress back to you. If the dress is in the same condition that you sent it in, then send the payment back (minus shipping fees).
Direct deposit shouldn't be confused with other services out there like western union. Really, you should avoid western union at all costs. Its well known that scammers use this option, as once the payment is received there is no way of tracing or tracking the money OR the receiver.
Danny Says: I have personally used direct deposits to send money from my UK bank (HSBC) to a US bank (Suntrust) and its really quite easy. Although both myself AND the recipient were charged for the transfer. For me it was around £9 and them about $14. But this option could be fairly safe. The person sending the money MUST have a valid bank account, and if discrepancies arise the banks could potentially work with you to resolve issues. Although this is my presumption, and not guaranteed!
You would need to provide international banking info to the buyer (if from overseas) so that they can credit the money to your account.
Check out our guide to Shipping an Irish dance dress for tips and advice for shipping a dress.
Protecting Yourself From Scams
You've added your dress and are eager to make a sale. But you should ALWAYS exercise caution when dealing with people you don't know online. "But this is an Irish dance site, surely I cant get scammed here?" In 99% of cases were sure your right. But money is money and Irish dance dresses (even used) can still fetch a pretty penny.
We have measures in place to prevent spiders scraping our site and sending out emails to addresses it finds. Your email address is not found in the source code of the site! Secondly, we prevent automated submission of the email forms on the listing pages. These measures are not a guarantee that emails wont get through, but will reduce them dramatically!
If the buyer is in a rush, offers your more money than you asked for and requests that you just take out the difference and wire the rest back, or send a money order these will be signs that the person emailing you may be more interested in your money NOT your dress.
If all else fails, you could ask questions about the dancers school. If the school isn't in the same area that the buyer is supposed to be from, or you email the school and they haven't heard of the dancer, then cease communication with the fraudster and forward the emails to us.
Check out our Avoiding Scams Page for more information on what to look out for.
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