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« on: December 27, 2008 08:31:37 PM »

I have a handmade skirt that I wore once and will never wear again. Would it be a bad thing to sell it? If i do sell it, should I do so at a discounted price. I wore it for a total of 5 hours.....how much of  a discount should I give??
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2008 01:08:36 PM »

I don't think it's an ethics issue; I bought a printer and it wasn't the printer for me (couldn't test the darn thing in the store), lost the receipt and now I have to sell it. I'll take 30% off it, but that's it. It's brand new.

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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009 11:09:44 AM »

This is an interesting question, one that I have wondered! 

When it comes to hand-made items, what are the "rules" on wearing them?  What if you make something out of a fabric, but you are uncertain if it will be comfortable - is it okay to wear it for a day, and then sell it "new"? 

What does "new" mean, when it comes to hand-made clothing?  That it's never been on a human body?  Or that it hasn't been on the body of anyone EXCEPT the person who made it - or maybe the people who modeled it for photos?

I don't mean to steal this thread, but I would personally love to hear opinions on this particular subject!

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2009 06:08:10 AM »

If you bought a new skirt in a high street shop it could've been tried on countless times and even worn with the tags in and returned, so I don't think you'd be doing anything wrong selling it.

I understand that some items look much better when shown on a human, but personally I dislike seeing items photographed on a person. I don't like to be reminded that my purchase has been on someone else's head/neck/hands.
I guess I might be saying it'd be better not to say it's been worn. Price it accordingly if you feel that's fairer, but so long as it's clean and as good as new I would personally rather be kept in the dark about this.


« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2009 08:46:32 PM »

From the way you described 'wearing the skirt for 5 hours', I don't think we can classify it in the 'second-hand clothing' category.

When you buy something from a store, I'm sure it has been worn before because others have tried it on.

As it's a new item (not damaged in any way), I don't think its a question of ethics. Sell is as new, because that's what it is, isn't it?

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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2009 12:24:28 PM »

I agree that clothes you buy in the store may have even been worn for longer than 5 hours! If it really bugs you, reduce the price. You could always wash it too but I think you're ok as long as there's no stains, marks, rips, etc. I've bought clothes at the store with deodorant marks on it (yeah that went straight in the wash) but it sounds like your skirt is in good condition.

When I design a new purse I usually test it out for a day just to make sure my design is actually functional and the construction is sound. I always take care with the item so I can put it in my shop if it doesn't need any tweaking, but it has still been used for a few hours and I don't consider that second hand.

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