Originally Posted by Kiramay
Most any of the websites like that that sell pre-made costume/have a costume inventory are hit or miss. I've really wanted to buy a certain costume preowned but I've been too scared based on such the variety of reviews on any of those kind of sites.
There's really no way to tell if what you get will be accurate or even look like the picture (they often use "the town bicycle" stock photos that are EVERYWHERE and aren't actually photos of their product). The quality is usually not amazing, but sometimes is acceptable. It's an at your own risk sort of thing and there isn't much to be done about it.
This is true. Very true.
The way these places work are not making them when you send the order in lik ethey tell you they do. This is a lie to make it so that you will buy it from them. What they ACTUALLY do is look at your measurements, then look at the measurements of the general sizes they have (small, medium, large, etc.) and they make sure that the smallest fitting area will still fit you. So like on pants, they make sure you can pull them over your hips, and they look at nothing else) then they pick that size of the piece and move onto the next piece. So you might get a medium pants with a large shirt, but the measurements will not match yours. they will match whatever size they gave you based on their chart of sizing. They also take their time getting the pieces to you so that it feels like they are making it custom for you so that they can keep up with the custom order lie they tell so that you can't do anything about it with the authorities. This is why I always urge people to commission someone instead (making sure you do your research of course).