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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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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.