One of the great things about cloth diapers is that if you find that that particular diaper doesn’t work for your child, or you need money to fund something else, or you just plain are tired of it, you can sell it. I have sold many a diaper on diaperswappers.com and hyenacart.com on Spots Corner. There are a few tricks to learn before you get started, and after that it’s easy and even fun. Nothing beats the feeling of making a sale and putting some money into your PayPal account!
First things first – you need to be familiar with some of the lingo and abbreviations on the forums. You’ll want to know these terms in particular:
PPD – Postage Paid
CC – Credit Card
EUC – Excellent Used Condition
VGUC – Very Good Used Condition
FFS- Free For Shipping
PP – Pay Pal
Funded – The funds you have in your Pay Pal account
RME – Revolution Money Exchange
Once you know those basics, you will be ready to get started.
So, once you are able to get around the forums, you’ll want to inspect the diapers you want to sell. Make sure they are really in good condition with no stains, tears, elastic problems, etc. Any problems that they do have will need to be listed clearly on your post. I usually do not sell diapers that are stained or have problems at all. If I have a stained diaper I want to get rid of, I usually just put it in the sun for a day or two and the stains come right out. If your diaper has tears or elastic problems, you may just want to put it up as a free for shipping.
One thing you will learn quickly is you have to earn a reputation as a seller and you can ruin it as quickly as you made it. So you always want to make sure you treat potential buyers with courtesy and respect, communicate clearly and often, and most of all – sell something that you yourself would want to buy.
Now that you have your diaper in selling condition, you’ll want to take some pictures of it. A nice close-up of both the inner and the outer of the diaper will help potential buyers see how nice your diaper looks. If you have several diapers to sell at once, I would suggest you put them in small groups to take pictures so that the condition of the diapers shows in the pictures. Before you put the pictures on your post, check it to make sure it’s not blurry, the diaper looks nice – not wrinkled, and that the diaper is clearly visable. This are all important points that will help it sell quickly.
Last but not least, is the post itself. Your post should contain all relevant information about your diaper. You should list whether you are the first owner or not, what condition it’s in, whether or not there are stains or defects, if it’s a second quality diaper make note of it, who made the diaper and if the print has a name you know of, list that as well. Most buyers like for you to include the price of shipping in the asking price. If you do not want to take credit card payments, be sure to say so in your post. If you do not want to ship to Canada (although it is actually cheaper than shipping to the US most times) state that as well. Try to think of any obvious information that a potential buyer would like to know, and add that to your post. That way you can make a sale go through much more smoothly.
Once you have your post up all you have to do is wait for interest. If it’s a high end diaper or a highly sought diaper, it will sell quickly. If it is an unknown diaper, or a diaper known for having problems, it will be hard to sell. One thing you can count on is, the lower the price, the faster the sell. Unless your diaper was never used or is a hard to get item, it’s best to price it at least $5 less than what you paid. A potential buyer will not buy something from you for the same price they can get it new somewhere else.
Once you have given your Pay Pal address out, it’s a good practice to put “pending” on your post. That way other mamas know it is probably sold. If you have a potential buyer ask you for your Pay Pal address, but they do not pay you right away, the standard is to wait a 24 hour period before you put it back up for sale. That is a courtesy you can give to the mama who wants to buy it. You never know what may have come up. Of course you should send her a message letting her know that you will only hold it for a certain period of time though.
During these hard financial times, it’s best to understand that things are selling slower than they would have six months ago. If you can’t sell a diaper right away, don’t give up hope. I have had diapers up for months before selling before. I think it was even more exciting after such a long wait, and I was glad to have the Pay Pal. Try to have fun with selling and you can always work on trades.
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