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good price to pay for a sample?

I found the dress I love in a sample, in my size, and was wondering if anyone knows how much of a discount is reasonable enough to take? They offered me half-off, and there are no stains or tears.

Just curious if you think that's a good price reduction for a sample...

Re: good price to pay for a sample?

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    50% off if it is clean and in good shape is a steal.  Go for it.
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    It probably depends on the designer.  Half sounds good to me.  I tried on a Vera Wang dress that was originally $6,000 and they were only going to knock off $1000 for the sample. 
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    I paid half-off for a discontinued dress in my size, off the rack. 50% is very good discount, in my opinion. Be sure you go over it with a fine toothed comb, though.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_good-price-pay-sample?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:8d5f7179-cf89-4710-806a-b670b6f55b76Post:c50678ab-749d-49fe-8afb-930afce411ee">Re: good price to pay for a sample?</a>:
    [QUOTE]It depends on the designer we're talking about here.
    Posted by Champagne Supernova[/QUOTE]

    This.

    I almost bought the sample of my dress---but it only would have saved me 10%--which, to me, wasn't enough to sway me from buying a brand-new, never-sweated-in-before dress.
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    edited March 2010
    Yes! I'm so excited. I feel horrible though, because I really want the commission to go to the woman that helped me at a different store, she actually picked out the dress, convinced me to try it on, was so sweet... But it's about a $300 difference between her lowest price for the sample and the other store.

    Would it be completely ridiculous to write her a thank you card or should I just put down the stationary and back away slowly?


    Edit: Designer is Jacquelin Exclusive... I don't know anything about her but yes.
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    50% is great, if there's no damage whatsoever. Look especially closely at beading, which can be difficult to repair. I got my dress 80% off, but had to use pliers to reattach crystals that had come off. Taking pliers to your wedding dress = nerve-wracking
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    My dress was originally $1400, and I paid about 600 for it.  Not including the hem and bustle.
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    If it were me. . . I'd want the seamstress to look at it before you bought it.  Can you return it if she says it's not do-able, or bring someone to the store with you?
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_good-price-pay-sample?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:8d5f7179-cf89-4710-806a-b670b6f55b76Post:94e24ab6-05e9-4cd4-bfc0-04f198c429c8">Re: good price to pay for a sample?</a>:
    [QUOTE]If it were me. . . I'd want the seamstress to look at it before you bought it.  Can you return it if she says it's not do-able, or bring someone to the store with you?
    Posted by squirrly[/QUOTE]

    <div>I'm confused. What needs to be deemed do-able by the seamstress? The dress fits, it's my size. It has no beading or snags in the lace (that I or my MOH could find when we looked). Am I forgetting something really important? I am budgeting $180 for hem and bustle...</div>
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    I think since it has no beading, and you have carefully inspected it, that half off is a good deal for a sample dress.
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    edited March 2010
    Sounds like a great deal Eva, if you really love it go for it.
    ETA: we're both in Ohio,and my seamstress for hem and french bustle was 125.00.Let us know which way you go.
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    I want to see a picture! :)

    But half-off sounds like a good deal. I'd be much more comfortable buying a dress without beading in this case, so it sounds pretty good.
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    In regards in sending sales woman a note: I think that would be lovely. I'm sure they see plenty of Bridezillas. I wouldn't mention that you bought the dress elsewhere, just that you were impressed with how helpful and sweet she was.
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    Btw eva, I feel like we have a lot in common :) I felt horrible after I bought my dress from a different store than the one where I first found the dress. However, I was able to avoid sales tax, which is 10% here... Ouch. I sent a note, and it was much appreciated. Never hurts!
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    If there's no beading, etc., and you're positive it doesn't require any repairs - then probably you don't need her inspection.  But keep in mind that samples get stretched out, the boning may need attention, etc.  So it might need repairs that aren't visible.
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