How to Shop on SammyDress, Rose Wholesale, RoseGal, and Vintage Buying
Posted on January 21, 2014
If you’ve fallen in love with the prices on websites like SammyDress, RoseWholesale, and RoseGal, you’re not the only one! Both of these websites feature super cute and trendy clothes for dirt cheap prices.
But with a quick Google on any of these companies, you’ll see that there are a lot of strong opinions and reviews online, warning you to stay away. There are risks in shopping on these websites, so I thought I’d make a list of tips to help you guys out if you do decide to buy from them.
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1. You have to be patient with shipping times
Personally, I don’t think about items too much after I buy them. I’m in no hurry and you can’t be in a hurry when shopping on SammyDress and RoseWholesale. It will get here when it gets here. It’s coming from internationally so it does take some time.
2. There may be extra import duty and taxes fees
Be prepared to pay extra when the delivery guy arrives at your door.
Since it’s coming from abroad, extra fees are required when the package crosses the border. I don’t know exactly how these work or how you’ll know how much it’ll be but it’s based on the value of the goods in the package. I had $45 of goods and I had to pay an extra $25 in fees. So it was $70 total – around $14/item.
3. Don’t believe the professional photos
Let me make this clear – These websites find professional photos and create a knockoff of the design to send to you.
Fashion shots with models in the streets posing will be the “inspiration” of where the outfit came from – that is NOT what you will be getting.
If all the photos listed are ONLY professional photos and they don’t have any photos of the actual product – don’t get it.
Usually close up shots of the fabric and shots of the dress on a mannequin with a white background will be the real version.
Assume that you are getting the worst version of what you see in the photo because however it looks – it’s going to be even worse in real life.
Here’s a great example of the professional verses the actual item they’ve made (as a knockoff) on the page side by side. If you’re wondering what the quality of the site is like – here’s your answer clear as day!
4. Find items with reviews and customer photos
Some of the more popular items will have reviews and if you’re lucky, customer photos of what the item looks like in real life.
But since their review system is tied to incentives and points, some of the reviews could be overly positive. If there’s only one review and they say it’s perfect – it’s questionable.
It’s best when you can find some negative reviews but are okay with what they’re unhappy about, (Ex. dress is short, small fits too small). Some of the reviews have great advice.
5. Avoid one size only items
The clothes on the site definitely fit smaller than you’re used to. Normally, I’m a small, but I buy a medium when I don’t want the shirt to be too tight. But on this website, I’m a large.
So stay away from ONE SIZE because it’s most likely a small size and will be really small! Especially stay away from dresses that need to be form fitting but are only one size available!
I bought an oversized (what looked like an oversized) tank top on the model that was one size only and turned out to be perfectly fitted on me (luckily). Too bad it wasn’t oversized but it still looks cute.
Just make sure you consider all the little things that might make you dislike the item before you buy it.
- Does it have sparkles that might fall off easily?
- Are there studs that are built in or just glued on?
- Are the jacket buttons made of plastic or metal?
- Would you still like it if it was made with low quality fabric?
- Could you still wear it if it was too small? Could you take it in if it was too big?
Look at everything closely and consider the worst possible condition it could be in – would you still want it in that case? Would it make it look cheap? It’s definitely a risk when you’re buying from these sites online.