For the price you are asking, the buyer would at least want to try it out first. I think there is a limit to which a person is prepared to pay for a dress without trying, maybe £30-40?
I do think you are better off selling it to a bridal shop.
If you want to use eBay, perhaps list at at an auction for a much lower price, set a £50+ reserve and see if that attracts more attention. Did you get many watchers on your previous listings? That is a good indication of the general attractiveness of the listing.
Why don't you take it to a bridal shop and ask them what it might fetch if it was dry cleaned. Then you will at least have an idea if its worth it. No trying on + dirt = low price No trying on + clean = chance of a more reasonable price. Trying on in dress agency + clean = prob a def sale for decent price (less agency commission).
I buy from dress agencies, so surely my experience as a buyer of 2nd hand clothes must count for something?
Would YOU pay £100 for a dirty item of clothing that you couldn't try on? If not then please don't expect the rest of us to.
I want to list mine on ebay as well - but it's dry cleaned and will specify that they can come and try it on - I wouldn't want to spend that much money on a dress n find it didn't fit (esp as mine's been professionally altered)
I've been married twice, had both wedding dresses dropped off at dry cleaners the next day by my best woman and lots of marks remained - and this was a proper wedding dress service (@£55)and they warned me it would happen - hardly ever do they get spotless.
I would get it cleaned and then be honest about what marks remained (with pics) and offer a return service (minus p&p) and for them to try on at yours
I think part of the problem may be that you have some negative feedback - and have generally responded with some impolite comments about those who have left it. The dress looks lovely but I'd hesitate to buy from someone with feedback like that.
Could you at least try to sponge out the stains? Agree with everyone who says they wouldn't buy a dirty dress. I might at 5 quid thinking if I didn't like it, it could go in a dress-up box, but not 100. Not cleaned also suggests that not only would it have mud around the hem, it could arrive reeking of cigarettes or sweat. Too much of a gamble, unfortunately.
You could try putting buy it now or best offer, but I also agree with higgle - it is going to be hard to shift with negative feedback. There are millions of second-hand wedding dresses out there and being perfectly honest, if I were looking I would move straight on from a seller with recent negative feedback.
You may do better with a card in your local Post Office or corner shop.