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Selling Diapers in This Economy December 23, 2008

With the way the economy is now days, it has become increasingly hard to sell your used diapers. I have witnessed Goodmama’s go from being sold used at $45  and unable to get from The Goodmama herself, to being able to go to the site and see pages of diapers just sitting there.

Muttaqin Baby, who would previously be sold out of diapers within hours, has lowered her prices of all her diapers by $5 or more. Diapers that had “hard to find” prints and were being sold for 30 some odd dollars are now being sold for $22 – $25. This was absolutely unheard of a few months ago.

With the way things were then, I was able to sell any of my diapers for almos the price I paid for them, because they were so highly sought, yet so hard to get. Now, with the ever declining economy, I can barely sell a Muttaqin Baby diaper for $10. Yes, $10! So, with that in mind, it is important to consider all this when you try to sell your diapers now.

If you want to sell a diaper now, that you paid $20 + for a few months ago, know that you will not be able to sell it for that much now. I recomend starting at a low price from the start. Otherwise you will find yourself slowly lowering the price until you can finally find a buyer.

If you have a diaper to sell that is not a popluar one, unfortunatly you will have to lower the price even more, no matter what you paid for it. Mama’s just don’t have the money to buy diapers anymore, or are switching to inexpensive diapers. Luckily there are always diapers that will sell, as long as the FSOT isn’t saturated with them.

So the one piece of advice I have for you is this, the lower the price, the faster it will sell. Lower your expectations on what you think you should get for your diapers (or wool for that matter). What was once worth everything you paid, is now worth less than half that price. And even with prices lowered, things are still sitting on FSOT for weeks.

In these hard times, you may even want to consider trading for other items you need. I have had some great trades myself. I have been able to trade some Muttaqin Baby diapers for recyled wool, knit wool, and mama pads. I am now in the works of selling an almost new serger for wool. Trading can be a great way to go!

I can only hope that the economy gets better for us all, and not because of the diaper situation. Hopefully with this new year and new president, things can slowly start getting better for us all!

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Selling Your Cloth Diapers December 2, 2008

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coverOne 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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Washing Your Cloth Diapers November 29, 2008

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washer1 If you are new to cloth diapers, washing them may seem like a bit of a risky procedure.   There is alot of talk out there about how you should and should not wash your diapers, as well as what kind of detergent is best. I know when I did my first load of diapers (all five of them, lol) I was worried I was doing it wrong. And I probably was by most standards. I used all cold water and All Free & Clear. I didn’t have any problems with it though, so I kept doing it that way for awhile.

I did eventually do more research into washing though. I accumulated a stash of one kind of diaper, which came with washing instructions. So I went by that. Then I started reading more into detergents and how they could strip your diapers or worse. I started getting really paranoid about that. I was glad when I read a really long thread on diaperswappers.com about washing routines though. Many a mom put in her 2 cents about how she washed diapers. Some of those moms had been washing diapers for a lot of years. It was relieving to know that some mamas used regular old Tide, and not all used natural detergents. Not using natural detergent myself, I was worried I had somehow ruined my diapers.

Now after a year of cloth diapering, I think it’s safe to say I didn’t ruin the diapers. I have switched my detergent to Country Save though and I’m thinking of making the switch once again, this time to Allens Naturally. There is a great and informative page on detergents and their ingredients on Pin Stripes & Polka Dots you may want to check out. I’ve used it many times myself.

So after much research and trial and error, I have come to a washing routine I am quite happy about. Here it is:

A pre-rinse in cold – add a squirt of Bac Out if you have the stinkies

A regular wash in hot with a 1/4 detergent

A post-rinse in hot with a cap full of Ecover if you want to soften it a little

I think you will find that this is a tried and true washing method that alot of other mamas use. Good luck and happy washing! Please don’t forget to visit Eco Baby Buzz for tons of informative articles and how to’s on cloth diapering!

 

Fleece and cloth diapers November 24, 2008

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As much as I love wool, I also really love fleece. I read somewhere that fleece is the man-made version of wool. I have to say that fleece is pretty awesome. What I love best about fleece is that you can just throw it in the washer. I let my son run around outside and get dirty in it because I know that I can wash it so easily. The biggest plus for me is I have learned to make my own fleece longies, so I can run up to Wal Mart and buy some awesome fleece that I love and whip out a couple of pair like that.

The only thing I dont like about fleece is once it gets wet it will smell like urine. Wool does not hold the smell of urine so it doesn’t have to be washed as often. Thats why I was super happy when I found the fleece I have been using. I have about 10 pair of fleece pants that I use daily. I made two of each pattern so if one gets dirty, I can throw on another just like it. LOL.

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The Wonders of Wool November 23, 2008

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I love wool with cloth diapers. It is amazing. My favorite wool is interlock though. It is nice looking and so easy to take care of. Wool is breathable, anti-bacterial, holds up to 30% its weight in liquid and only needs to be washed once a month or when soiled. You really can’t beat that.

Wool is my go to cover when Im going out with the baby or nap time. I have even started using it at nights over my pocket diapers because they aren’t quite holding it all in anymore. The only thing I don’t like about wool is it’s so darn expensive. I have yet to try some really nice knit wool because I really don’t have the money. There is a solution to the expense though. Make it yourself. I recently bought a yard of interlock and I’m going to make three pair of longies. And I know there are tons of mamas that have learned to knit to make their own longies. I have tried to learn to knit and I cannot figure it out. Bless those that can.

A great way to try wool inexpensively is by using recycled wool. Recycled wool is made from wool sweaters to create soakers, longies or shorties. That was how I first tried wool. I got a pair of recycled longies for $12. They were super cute and I got a great introduction into the joys of wool. Best of all, you can find recycled wool all over the place. I just wash my recycled wool on delicate in the washing machine also.

As wonderful as wool is, you do need to be careful when washing it. I have mistakenly gotten lanolin stains in my wool from scrubbing it with a lanolized wool wash bar. I have also accidentally shrunk my wool in the washer after washing it too many times trying to get the stains out. And I also felted it. Lol. It was a great learning process though, and I came to find out that I liked the wool felted a little better because it worked a little better. The good news is, if you shrink interlock wool you can stretch it back out. You just need to soak it in conditioner for an hour or more, then pull like crazy to reshape it.

Wool is amazing. For more wonderful wool tips and a how to’s, visit www.ecobabybuzz.com.

 

How I Fell In Love With Cloth November 19, 2008

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When I was pregnant with my third son, who is now 14 months old, I didn’t really give much thought to cloth diapers. I had really wanted to use cloth diapers with my first son, but felt really discouraged about the whole thing so I never even tried. So after my baby was born I decided to look into cloth diapers and boy was I surprised! Cloth diapers are not what your grandma used anymore! They are completely different, easy to use and uber cute! The problem I came across was, I was completely overwhelmed. I had no idea there were so many different kinds of cloth diapers. Pockets, All In Ones, Fitteds, Pre Fitteds. I had no idea what it all meant. My head would spin as I would search around on the internet trying to figure out what was what and what to use.

When I saw BumGenius One Size Pocket diapers though, I was mesmerized. I had no idea diapers could be so cool. The word ‘newfangled’ comes to mind, lol. And that was how I got hooked. I spouted the many reasons why we should use cloth diapers. Most importantly, we would save money! He liked the sound of that. It was the initial investment that was the part he didn’t like. “These diapers cost HOW much?” So I just bought one BumGenius to try and a few prefolds with a cover. Once I tried the Bumgenius I was amazed and completely hooked. It was like an addiction. One led to three more and then six more and then I had to have at least 24 so I could last a few days before washing. It took me a couple of months to get them all, and while I slowly built up my stash, I washed every day or two, lovingly taking care of my prized diapers.

Now many dollars and many diapers later, I don’t even have any of those diapers anymore. LOL. Talk about addiction! That led to having to try many, many other diapers. Luckily I found diaperswappers.com where I could sell my diapers to fund more, more, more! Funny thing is, I sold and bought so many diapers and now that I have found one I am really sticking to (and I mean it!) I have also gone back to good ol BumGenius. Hey, they are great diapers. What can I say?