So a few months ago I decided I’ve wasted enough of my life searching on eBay to buy myself a Karen Millen military safari shirtdress and paid the £80 for a listed dress, £20 for global shipping, and roughly another £10 for tax. All up it had cost me £110, or A$220 when it is all converted to Australian dollars. I’ve NEVER paid so much to buy anything online on eBay. And the worst thing is that on add on shipping cost and tax costs more than 30% of the actual dress itself. Ouch!
I’ve been waiting patiently for it to arrive, and given the current state of Australia Post (rated 1.7 stars from 10,258 reviews on ProductReview.com.au) and closed borders – it really took its time!
For a while I was worried it was lost in the mail/ pilfered by the postman/ impounded by Customs/ detained and held in mandatory covid-19 Quarantine, so imagine my joy and relief when I got home today (yes I am wearing my Karen Millen dress to the office) and found the package (of my long-anticipated other Karen Millen dress) sitting at my doorstep!
And the timing today is also so right: hubby just happened to get home in time to take photographs of a joyous me receiving my dress.
The seller listed it as new with tags, in my size (I think – it’s hard when I can’t try it on!), and although it is the classic safari sand colour (I wanted one in black) I decided the asking of £70 was the most reasonable I have seen so far.
So I put in my bid of £80. While the asking for the dress may be the most reasonable I have seen, eBay’s shipping cost and taxes is certainly not: £20 for global shipping and roughly another £10 for tax meant an all up cost of £110 (or A$220 when it is all converted to Australian dollars), of which eBay’s shipping cost and tax costs more than 30% of the actual dress itself. Ouch again!
For inexplicable reasons, Karen Millen military safari shirtdress has been incredibly sought after and popular. It is sold out everywhere online, and on the dreaded eBay (I hate eBay, for more than a few reasons which I have previously detailed) second hand/ worn dresses still have astronomical asking prices – mostly still about £100! (i.e. almost A$200!). A hint for the savvy investor: why bother dabbling in real estate or the share market when the right Karen Millen dress will give you decent returns?
And on that subject of real estate – That is another headache. My first ever investment property which I bought just before Christmas is still vacant and without a tenant despite my trying to have it leased out for the past 4 weeks! I am really annoyed that Western Australia has insisted on keeping its borders closed and with closed borders there are no tourists, no international students, no interstate migrants which means an over-supply for rental properties on the market… and I have to meet my mortgage repayments regardless!
But the arrival of my long-awaited dress is a little bit of good news and distraction from my real estate headaches.
This is one of a few items in my Natalie’s (yes, that’s me!) 2020 fashion wish-list, but it is by no means part of Karen Millen’s 2020 collection. In fact, as I understand, the piece is quite a few seasons old (6 or 7 years old maybe? – someone can correct me). So its sought after status and high second hand prices continue to baffle me.
I did do a little research though to try to understand why the dress commands such a high price. Like everyone else I tried google (no luck). Turning to the next trusted source of reliable information (facebook groups),
some have suggested:
‘Has it been worn by a celebrity?’ (Megan Markle was a specific suggestion)
‘The collar + front opening (vertical line) + cut away sleeveless is really flattering for a lot of figures and makes your bust look great without actually showing much cleavage.’
‘it’s sexy – but more old school sexy, where it’s sexier that more is hidden than what is put on display.’
‘It’s a flattering, timeless piece that will likely never go out of style.’
In any case I was left still scratching my head.
I removed the dress from the eBay envelope and found that the seller had neatly folded it up in a zip lock bag. I inspected it and it does look new (as described), with tags still attached that shows an original price of £135 that was marked down to £64.95, which I assume is what the seller paid. Not sure about you, but I am started to detest on-sellers on eBay who make a profit out of selling items at prices higher than they paid for.
In any case, it is too late for buyer’s regret now.
I am going to get it laundered before I try it on, and fingers crossed it lives up to my expectations when I actually try it on!
I have 2 questions for my readers:
- What are your thoughts on eBay on-sellers who make a profit out of selling items at prices higher than they paid for.
- What is the most you have ever paid for a dress on eBay?
P.S. and oh by the way I am wearing another Karen Millen dress today as the Karen Millen military safari shirtdress arrived!
Karen Millen Floral Bodycon Pencil Dress
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