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Tips for buying eBay wedding dresses or accessories made in China

Having now bought not one, but TWO of my important items from China (specifically for my wedding day, not to mention a raft of other things), I have learned much about dealing specifically with Chinese eBay listings. If you like to take a small risk on the off chance of BIG savings, I can heartily recommend trying Chinese eBay-ers.

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Marika & Steven's fun-centric Chinese elopement

Three questions, a tea ceremony, and a sea of gorgeous red details? Yes, please! This couple opted to elope where they'd met and fallen in love, and currently live… China. The short, sweet ceremony left them all day to celebrate together in their coordinated red wedding outfits, complete with matching ear-to-ear grins — and it only cost $1.20.

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The ethics of a cheap off-shore wedding dress

I think that stealing a wedding dress design and having it made in China (in a place that is probably a sweatshop) is really unethical. It upsets me, as it both screws the original designer (who is probably a creative type who you would want to hang out with) and the workers … all for a dress you will wear once.

Then again, I am not poor, and I can afford to pay the designer direct for some of the dresses I like and I will check that they are not made unethically.

Am I just being a judgmental bitch cos I have the money to "do the right thing" here? Am I assuming that people have not thought about these issue, but actually they have and are fine with it?