Every Monday, I will answer reader submitted questions, and ask you to weigh in your two cents.
Questions don’t have to be cloth diaper related, just email maria at change-diapers.com with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject, or Fill out my contact form for readers, which you will always be able to find on my Contact Page.
I began cloth diapering my daughter when she was 8 months, and started her stash with both pockets and prefolds + covers. Now that I seem to have figured out my laundry routine and resolved stink issues with the microfiber inserts I’ve found that I definitely prefer my perfect fit Fuzzibunz over the prefolds. So now I have a dozen and a half prefolds, a handful of covers, and a couple Snappis just sitting in a closet gathering dust. Do you have any tips and pointers on selling used diapers and specific sites that you prefer to use? Is there any cd selling etiquette that I need to know? I would love to fill out our supply of pocket diapers, but I need to sell some diapers first!
Great question! I have only sold a few diapers myself, so I’ll give you what information I have, then ask others to weigh in too.
The first place that comes to mind is diaperswappers. There is a Facebook page dedicated to fluff swapping, but of course the name has slipped my mind. (Fluff Swappers! Thanks Tamara!) I have done my selling through a cloth diaper group on Cafemom, and many online cloth diaper groups have FSOT (for sale or trade) sections. Some diaper companies allow sale/trade posts on their Facebook pages, but check with them before posting!
The biggest hurdle to selling cloth diapers is that you’re an unknown seller. Buyers/traders rely heavily on Feedback from other buyers to ensure that the seller will follow through, and items will be as expected.
To get the most for your items, and to make sure the buyer knows what they’re getting, be thorough and honest in your description. Make sure your diapers are clean, then go over them inch by inch, noting any wear or damage. Take as many photos as you can of the front, back, inside and outside of the diapers, the inserts, closures and close-ups of any damage or stains.
Be reasonable in your pricing, and consider pricing the diapers to include shipping costs. It’s a great idea to include delivery confirmation when you ship. You can easily ship first class online at http://www.paypal.com/shipnow and postage is generally under $3.00 per diaper.
Be sure to also package your diapers well. I have received diapers that were mailed in a manila envelope only, and the envelope was torn (luckily the diaper didn’t fall out or get torn/damaged.
So how about you guys? Give me your opinions on selling used diapers, and where to do it. Both buyers and sellers perspectives are helpful!