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Frequently asked questions

   What is my wedding dress worth?

If you want to find out what your wedding dress is worth, use the wedding dress value calculator. This calculator will require you to fill in some information about your dress, after this is done it will estimate the value.

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   How long does it usually take for a dress to sell?

That may vary from dress to dress, it all depends on the style, designer, age, condition and price. The average selling time on BudgetBridalWorld is 40 days.

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   How much does it cost to put my dress up for sale?

It will cost $15 to put your wedding dress up for sale. This is a one time fee untill the dress is sold, there are no subscriptions or other hidden charges. Neither is there a commission on the sale of the dress. Put your dress up for sale right now by clicking here!

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   What kind of pictures do i use for listing my dress?

Clear images are very important for the sale of your dress. We recommend to put up pictures of the front, back and detail the dress on a person. This way the person interested in purchasing your dress will be able to get a good image of the dress in their head.
 

 

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   What if my dress designer isn't listed?

If your dress designer isnt listed, make sure to select ''Other'' from the dropdown list. Manually write down your dress designer name, this will make sure it will be found using the search engine.

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   How long does it take for my listing to be posted?

Once you have submitted your dress, the listing will take place immediately on the website.

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   Is it possible to change my pictures?

To change your pictures, log onto your account and go to 'My items for sale' from this page you will see your listed items for sale and a button 'Add/Delete Photos'. There will be five pictures available for dresses to list onto your sale page. Accessoires will have three pictures.  Additional costs for adding photos are $5 each.

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   Is it recommended to offer a returning policy?

We recommend to offer a returning policy, because buying a wedding dress is a very emotional and financial decision. Knowing you have the ability to return the dress you baught if it really doesnt fit or flatter, makes the buying party much more comfortable knowing so.
If you chose to go forward with offering a return policy we suggest doing the following:

1. The buyer should be the one responsible for insurance and shipping charges both ways. Do not forget shipping fees are not refundable in the case of a return!
2. Think about charging a returning fee, about 2-10% of your selling price. This way only serious buyers will take advantage of your offer.
3. The return policy should be offered for a limited period. For example th buyer should notify you within 24 hours and should have ship the item abck within 5 working days of receipt.

An interested buyer contacted me, what now?

Who pays for the shipping costs and how much will it cost?
The seller decides who pays the shipping costs you can either;
• Pay for the shipping costs yourself
• Make the buyer pay for the shipping costs
• Share the shipping costs between both
Usually the sellers specify the shipping as a buyer cost, and it will be added to the selling price at the time of the sale. The cost of the shipping will be determined by the following;

• Shipping method
• Shipping speed
• Size of the box

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   How are the dress prices determined?

The price will be set by the seller and are completely at his/her discretion. The wedding value dress calculator will give you an estimated price.

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   How to describe the right style and materials?

Wedding dresses come in a lot of options.  Here is a checklist of wedding dress terms to help you find the style that's perfect for you!
The Lenght

The Difference Between Fit and Flare and Mermaid and Trumpet.
The silhouette of fit and flare wedding dresses is similar to the trumpet silhouette and the mermaid silhouette, and the three are often thought of as interchangeable terms, describing the same style. However, there are a few characteristics that can be used to differentiate the three styles.
So, what's the difference between the fit and flare and the mermaid? And what's the difference between the fit and flare and the trumpet?

• The Fit and Flare flares right below the hip
• The Mermaid flares at or below the knee
• The Trumpet flares gradually, at approximately mid-thigh

Trains.
A small swish of a train that trails about six inches on the floor. This style (sometimes also called a "brush" train) is a good choice for outdoor brides who want a touch of glamour without too much fabric dragging on the ground, or indoor brides who prefer something more simple and low-key.
Chapel: A train that extends 12 to 18 inches along the floor and is slightly longer than the sweep. This is the most common style, it's great for brides who want a more serious train without a lot of fuss. The overall look is elegant without being too heavy.
Cathedral: This train extends 22 or more inches along the floor and gives the dress a much more formal look. Cathedral-style gowns usually have a removable train or bustling option.
Semi-Cathedral: A train that is halfway between chapel and cathedral length.
Royal or Monarch: A train that extends a yard or more on the floor. It's the most dramatic option and often requires assistance from a flower girl. Princess Diana of England wore a 25-foot train, while Kate Middleton's train was just under nine-feet long.

Fabrics.
A wedding dress can be made from either taffeta silk or polyester. How the fiber is woven determines if the dress is:
Charmeuse: is a lightweight fabric woven with a satin weave, in which the warp threads cross over three or more of the backing (weft) threads. The front of the fabric has a satin finish—lustrous and reflective—whereas the back has a dull finish. It can be made of silk or a synthetic lookalike such as polyester. Silk charmeuse is more expensive and delicate but is softer and a better insulator. Polyester charmeuse is cheaper and can often withstand machine washing, but it does not breathe as well as silk. Charmeuse differs from plain satin in that charmeuse is softer and lighter in weight.
Chiffon: from the French word for a cloth or rag, is a lightweight, balanced plain-woven sheer fabric woven of alternate S- and Z-twist crepe (high-twist) yarns. The twist in the crepe yarns puckers the fabric slightly in both directions after weaving, giving it some stretch and a slightly rough feel. Chiffon is made from cotton, silk, or synthetic fibers. Under a magnifying glass it resembles a fine net or mesh which gives chiffon some see-through properties. Chiffon can be dyed to almost any shade, but chiffon made from polyester can be difficult to dye.
Crepe: Light, soft, and thin, with a wrinkled surface. Sheer, lightweight fabric named after the couturiere Georgette de la Plante. A crepe-surfaced plain weave silk or synthetic fabric with alternating S and Z twist yarns in both warp and weft.
Duchesse Satin: A lightweight hybrid of silk or polyester and rayon woven into a satin finish. An elegant and lustrous fabric, duchesse satin is shiny, heavy, and luxurious. Often used for couture wedding gowns or extravagant home decor, it has been around since ancient China. Silk weavers made this textile with many layers of delicate fibers that created a soft texture with a lot of body and sheen. It is a popular choice for wedding gowns because it drapes well, helping to create full and beautiful skirts.
Dupioni silk: A finish similar to shantung, but with thicker, coarser fibers, and a slight sheen.  is a plain weave crisp type of silk fabric, produced by using fine thread in the warp and uneven thread reeled from two or more entangled cocoons in the weft. This creates tightly-woven yardage with a highly-lustrous surface. It is similar to shantung, but slightly thicker, heavier, and with a greater slub (cross-wise irregularity) count. Dupioni is often woven with differing colors of threads scattered through the warp and weft. This technique gives the fabric an iridescent effect, similar to but not as pronounced as shot silk taffeta. Dupioni can be woven into plaid and striped patterns; floral or other intrinsic, intricate designs are better suited for lighter-weight silks and/or those with smoother finishes, although dupioni may be embroidered in any manner desired. Along with shantung, dupioni is popular in bridal and other formal wear. It is suitable for upholstery, but if it is crafted into a curtain or drape, a substantial underlining must be used to protect the fabric from sunlight.
Georgette: Sheer and lightweight, dull-finished crêpe fabric named after the early 20th century French dressmaker Georgette de la Plante.
Originally made from silk, Georgette is made with highly twisted yarns. Its characteristic crinkly surface is created by alternating S- and Z-twist yarns in both warp and weft. Georgette is made in solid colors and prints and is used for blouses, dresses, evening gowns, Saris, and trimmings. It is springier and less lustrous than the closely related chiffon.
Mikado: A brand of blended fibers, usually heavier than 100-percent silk. is a weave that typically has a glossy surface and a dull back. The satin weave is characterized by four or more cool fill or weft yarns floating over a warp yarn or vice versa, four warp yarns floating over a single weft yarn. Floats are missed interfacings, where the warp yarn lies on top of the weft in a warp-faced satin and where the weft yarn lies on top of the warp yarns in weft-faced satins. These floats explain the even sheen, as unlike in other weaves, the light reflecting is not scattered as much by the fibres, which have fewer tucks. Satin is usually a warp-faced weaving technique in which warp yarns are "floated" over weft yarns, although there are also weft-faced satins. If a fabric is formed with a satin weave using filament fibres such as silk, nylon, or polyester, the corresponding fabric is termed a satin, although some definitions insist that the fabric be made from silk. If the yarns used are short-staple yarns such as cotton, the fabric formed is considered a sateen.
Organza: Crisp and sheer like chiffon, with a stiffer texture similar, but more flowing than tulle.is a thin, plain weave, sheer fabric traditionally made from silk. Many modern organzas are woven with synthetic filament fibers such as polyester or nylon. Silk organza is woven by a number of mills along the Yangtze River and in the province of Zhejiang in China. A coarser silk organza is woven in the Bangalore area of India. Deluxe silk organzas are woven in France and Italy. Organza is used for bridalwear and eveningwear.
Satin: heavy and smooth with a high sheen on one side. is a weave that typically has a glossy surface and a dull back. The satin weave is characterized by four or more cool fill or weft yarns floating over warp yarn or vice versa, four warp yarns floating over a single weft yarn. Floats are missed interfacings, where the warp yarn lies on top of the weft in a warp-faced satin and where the weft yarn lies on top of the warp yarns in weft-faced satins. These floats explain the even sheen, as unlike in other weaves, the light reflecting is not scattered as much by the fibres, which have fewer tucks. Satin is usually a warp-faced weaving technique in which warp yarns are "floated" over weft yarns, although there are also weft-faced satins. If a fabric is formed with a satin weave using filament fibres such as silk, nylon, or polyester, the corresponding fabric is termed a satin, although some definitions insist that the fabric be made from silk. If the yarns used are short-staple yarns such as cotton, the fabric formed is considered a sateen.
Shantung: Similar to a raw silk, characterized by its rough/nubby textured. It is a type of silk fabric historically from the province of Shandong. It is similar to Dupioni, but is slightly thinner and less irregular. Shantung is often used for bridal gowns.
Taffeta: Crisp and smooth, smooth, plain woven fabric made from silk or cuprammonium rayons. The word is Persian in origin and means "twisted woven." It is considered to be a "high-end" fabric, suitable for use in ball gowns, wedding dresses, and interiors for curtains or wallcovering. It is also widely used in the manufacture of corsets and corsetry: it yields a more starched-like type of cloth that holds its shape better than many other fabrics. An extremely thin, crisp type of taffeta is called paper taffeta.
There are two distinct types of silk taffeta: yarn-dyed and piece-dyed. Piece-dyed taffeta is often used in linings and is quite soft. Yarn-dyed taffeta is much stiffer and is often used in evening dresses. Shot silk taffeta was one of the most sought-after forms of Byzantine silk, and may have been the fabric known as purpura.[3]
Tulle: Netting is a lightweight, very fine netting, which is often starched. It can be made of various fibres, including silk, nylon, and rayon. Tulle is most commonly used for veils, gowns (particularly wedding gowns), and ballet tutus. Tulle comes in a wide array of colors and it can also easily be dyed to suit the needs of the consumer. It is readily available.

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   What payment options are recommended?

Your purchase is safe and secure if you use Paypal.
This means you will be protected in most cases if the item isn't shipped or isn't as described. Making our customers much more comfortable during the process. What it is? A quick,safe, international and secure online payment method. For more information www.paypal.com
Protection.
How Buyers and Sellers are Protected.
Buyers:
Paypal purchase protection fully refunds your costs if the item isn't shipped or as described.
Sellers:

Paypal ensures funds are verified before they are placed in your account.  Your stated return policy will apply to the transaction.
Fees and Example.
3,4% and €0,35.
For a €500 dress, the fee will be €500.00 x 3.4% = €17.00 + €0.35 = €17,35. This fee will be paid by the seller.

Getting started through Paypal.
Buyer and seller must both have a paypal account for this method. Signing up for a paypal account is free and is created within minutes. The seller must request funds from the buyer to initiate the transaction.  
                                          
More info for buyers and sellers.

Do not use the send money to friends/family option. You can log onto paypal to check if your funds have been added.
Buyers:

Have the seller “request funds” from you.  Pay for the purchase in a single transaction.  (Paypal Purchase Protection won't cover transactions paid in installments).
Sellers:

Log into Paypal directly to verify funds have been received. Ensure your listing fully and accurately describes all of your items imperfections. Take some photos prior to shipping to provide a documentation record.

iDEAL works as follows:
iDEAL offers a familiar, secure and convenient way of paying online. You can pay within the trusted online banking environment of your own bank. Simply pay the way you usually pay bills with online banking. Our animated video provides a quick guide about iDEAL. iDEAL offers a number of advantages:
With iDEAL, you pay via online banking, which means it is familiar and secure.
You can use iDEAL immediately, with no need to register, download files or create an account.
You can use iDEAL right away if you do your online banking with ABN AMRO, ASN Bank, ING, Knab, Rabobank, RegioBank, SNS Bank, Triodos Bank or Van Lanschot Bankiers.
iDEAL is easy and quick to use, with all transaction details already filled in for you and immediate confirmation of your payment.
You stay in control of your payment at all times. iDEAL payments are processed immediately and appear in your account straight away.

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   How does it work?

How does it work?
BudgetBridalWorld.com is an online bridal marketplace.
We connect buyers and sellers throughout the whole world. There is a one time listing fee of $15.00 USD or €15,00 for your weddingdress to be listed "until your dress is sold".
Your listing will occasionally be promoted on our ''in the spotlight'' section on the frontpage. This requires no extra fees!
For bridesmaids-, mother's-, flowergirl dresses and accessory listing there is a fee of $5.00 USD or €5,00 "until your article is sold".
There are no hidden fees or subscriptions.
After making your own personal account, you will be able to find a countless amount of dresses through our search engines and the ability to shop online knowing what you are searching for.
BudgetBridalWorld.com takes your privacy very seriously. Your information will never be shared. View our Privacy Policy.

For Buyers:
Use our search feature to find georgeous dresses. You can create a free BudgetBridalWorld.com account to save and make notes if you see a listing you like. There is also the option to sign up for our newsletter.
Once you have found a dress you have fallen in love with and want to know more about, you can email the seller by clicking the button "email seller" so you can negotiate the price and terms of sale.
For Sellers:
The first step is to list your item in our website. We have a step by step guide to list your guide here.
If there are brides interested in your item, they will email you directly. You can correspond from your own email, there is no need to log onto our website to check or communicate with your interested buyers.
When a bride contacts you, negotiate directly with her on the selling price and terms of sale, so she can wear the dress with the same pleasure as you did.

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   How to buy and sell safely?

Buying or selling anything online can feel daunting – especially when it is such an important item like a wedding gown. But it can become an easy and safe transaction if you follow these rules:

  • We strongly recommend to use a secure payment method for the transaction. Paypal and iDeal both offer a safe and secure payment method.  We strongly recommend you to use one of these methods.
  • We do not recommend to use checks, wire transfers and money orders because there is too much room for fraud with these options.
  • Never ship your dress until the full payment has been made. Deposits and payment plans are fine if agreed to by both the buyer and the seller; but a gown or accessory should not be shipped until payment has been received in full.


If you feel suspicious about a buyer or seller, please let us know by sending us a message through our contact page. Red flags for extreme urgency, poor grammar, use of a third party shipper and if they are unable to provide pictures of the actual dress. Make sure you trust your instinct!
We can help you verify the legitimacy of the correspondence and answer any questions. Every scam report makes the site safer for everybody! BudgetBridalWorld.com investigates any reports of fraud or scam. Additionally, we have the opportunity to delete or block advertisers using our website. The majority of online buyers and sellers are honest people, but there are always people trying to take advantage of others.

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   How can i optimize my listing?

BudgetBridalWorld.com has many advantages over other major advertising sites. We are able to place dresses in a prominent place on our site where everybody can view them. As long as your dress is not sold, your ad is running free in the 'highlights' section.


1. The advertisement.
Think of your wedding dress listing like an advertisement being read by someone who doesn't know anything about your gown. The more information, detail and great pictures you can provide, the more likely someone will contact you. Remember, a good photo says more than 1,000 words!


2. Pictures.
It is very important to use clear pictures when you place your ad. We recommend you to take pictures of the front and back of the dress, with close-ups of the details. Tip: Try to find pictures of your dress online, you can do a google search by brand and/or style.


3. Information.
Too much information is not always better, but in this case it is. Assume that the buyer doesn't know anything about your gown. So the more information the better. Include information such as: fabric, details and dimensions. It is very important to mention if dress has been altered and/or cleaned.


4. Price must be right.

Price is one of the most important factors so you can have a better chance of selling your dress.

The price must be right! Use our Dress Value Calculator for the current value of your dress (estimate). Think about the amount you want to sell your dress for. If after a few weeks you do not get reactions or offers you had hoped for, consider lowering the price of your dress. When you reduce your price 10% or more, your dress is placed automatically for 30 days in the "Now discounted" page.


5. Set your dress in the appropriate category.
Make sure you fill all the fields (silhouette, neckline, shape etc.). Buyers can search using these criterias, otherwise your gown will not be found by the search engine. Not sure what some categories mean? Please visit our Dress Descriptions page.


6. Share your ad through social media.
If you use Facebook or Twitter you have the opportunity to share your ad through your account. This is a good way to boost the sales of your wedding dress!

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   Help! I cannot reach the seller of the dress I am interested in?

If you have tried to reach the seller by email and have not heard anything back after 5 working days, please let us know and we will contact the seller on your behalf and make sure the seller contacts you as soon as possible.

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   Is there a store i can visit for the listed wedding dresses?

Unfortunately not, BudgetBridalWorld.com is an online service, which means we don't have a store.

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   What if the dress i am looking for is not listed?

New dresses get listed everyday! You can also sign up and be notified by email when a new dress gets posted.

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   What is your return policy?

Offering a return policy is completely up to the seller.

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   Converting centimeters and inches

 

Regular size's and W-size's.


Plus sizes are cut more generously - bigger in the hips/rear/chest etc. A 14W is generally equivalent to a misses size 16.  A 16W is generally comparable to a misses size 18. Of course, the fact that every clothing company seems to come up with their own definition of what dimensions their sizes will fit makes it all the more challenging.

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   What kind of pictures do i use for listing my dress?

Clear images are very important for the sale of your dress. We recommend to put up pictures of the front, back and all details of your dress. It is also a good idea to take pictures of the dress being worn. Another option is to find images of your dress by brand and style number in the website.

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   Is it possible to put my dress up for sale if i live outside of the United States or Europe?

Of course, it is possible to sell your dress from any location worldwide! We have vendors and sellers from a lot of places in the world.

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   How long does it take for my listing to be posted?

Once you have submitted all information and images of your dress, the listing will take place immediately on the website.

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   Is it possible to change my pictures?

You can change your pictures by logging onto your account. Go to "My items for sale" and from this page you will see your listed items for sale and a button "Add/Delete Photos". You can post five pictures per dress listed for sale and three pictures for accessories. If there is a need to post more photos of each (dress and/or accessories), the additional cost per photo is $5.00 USD or €5,00 each.

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   Is it possible to edit my listing?

Log onto your account and go to "My items for sale" from this page you will see your listed items for sale and a button 'Edit Listing Text'. You can edit this whenever you want to at no additional cost.

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   Is it recommended to offer a return policy?

We recommend to offer a return policy. This will make the buyer feel more at ease when she sees she can return dress in case it doesn't fit her.


If you chose to go forward with offering a return policy we suggest doing the following:
1. The buyer should be the one responsible for insurance and shipping charges both ways. Do not forget shipping fees are not refundable in case of a return!
2. Think about charging a returning fee between 2-10% of your selling price. Only serious buyers will take advantage of your offer.
3. The return policy should be offered for a limited period. For example, the buyer should notify you within 24 hours upon receiving the dress and should ship the item back within 5 working days of receipt.

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   An interested buyer contacted me, what now?

Answer all questions the interested person might have!

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   How do i create an account?

We are pleased to have you join us on www.BudgetBridalWorld.com! You can create your account by clicking here.

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   Forgotten password

Forgot your password? No problem! Click here and we will email you a new one straight away.

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   Who pays for the shipping costs?

The seller decides who pays the shipping costs or this can be discussed between buyer and seller.

Usually the seller specifies the shipping as a buyer cost, and it will be added to the selling price at the time of the sale.

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   How much does shipping cost?

The cost of the shipping will be determined by the following;

• Shipping method
• Shipping/ delivery time
• Size of the box

Once you know your buyer's location, you can get a shipping estimate from any local carriers such as USPS, FedEx and UPS.

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   How to ship a wedding dress

Use a box that is just right for the size of your dress and you'll get the most efficient shipping rate. A box that is between 18 x 16 x 9 and 24 x 18 x 5 typically work well. Purchase one at a local post office.

Here are a few things you should also know before shipping your beautiful wedding dress!

  • Package it properly. This will ensure the dress is not damaged in transit.
  • Insure it for the value/selling price.
  • Use a trackable method and require a signature release.
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   How are buyers protected during a transaction?

We recommend all our customers to use a safe and approved payment method such as PayPal or Escrow.  By using these payment methods you will be fully protected in case your item does not ship or arrives and isnt exactly as described.

Remember, BudgetBridalWorld.com never recommends payment with personal or cashier's check, wire transfer, gift cards such as Amazon. With these methods there is no buyer or seller protection.

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   How are sellers protected during a transaction?

We recommend all our customers to use a safe and approved payment method such as PayPal or Escrow. Funds will be sent to you safely and securely. Remember, BudgetBridalWorld.com never recommends payment with personal or cashier's check, wire transfer, gift cards such as Amazon. With these methods there is no buyer or seller protection.

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   When should i clean my wedding dress?

The sooner you clean your gown after your wedding, the better. That way, visible and invisible stains can be removed before they damage your gowns delicate fabric.

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   My question is not listed in the FAQ

Please contact us through this page and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

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   Help! My question is not listed in the FAQ

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