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A great way to save on your cloth diaper stash is to buy used diapers. There'a lot of great diapers on the market with a lot of life in them! You must tread carefully when buying used though. One bad transaction will teach you to be careful! Here's some tips for buying used.
Rules for buying used:
#1 - Do your research! If you have a brand in mind, look at the current retail value for the diaper. Find the cost to you if buying new and then decide if buying used is worth the discount.
Remember when buying used diapers, you will not receive the warranty that is provided by many diaper manufacturers.
#2 - Ask lots of questions! How old are the diapers? Are there any problems? Do the diapers need any repair? How long were the diapers in use? Smoking home? You want to get as much detail as possible about the diapers being sold before you commit. If the buyer has not provided detailed pictures, ask for them!
#3 - Protect yourself with PayPal! Use Paypal when purchasing diapers online. Do not send money via the "friends and family" option as it will not protect you if something goes wrong. All money should be sent using the "goods and services" option. There will be a fee involved, but this fee will come out of the seller's earnings. These fees protect you and the seller in the event of a negative transaction.
If buying diapers locally and paying cash, be sure to expect the diapers really well in person before committing to the sale.
Common terms and descriptions:
B/S/T - Buy, sell, trade
EUC - Excellent Used Condition.
GUC- Good Used Condition.
VGUC- Very Good Used Condition.
PPD - Postage Paid Domestic
ISO - In search of
NWT - New With Tags
NWOT - New without tags
NIP - New in package
HTF - Hard to Find (price may be above retail for diapers in this category)
The descriptions EUC, GUC, etc. do not have hard fast rules about what that means. This is at the discretion of the seller. What is excellent condition to you, may be different to someone else. This is why it is very important to ask lots of questions before purchasing.
Where to shop:
Cloth Diaper Trader
Local Facebook Groups
Brand related B/S/T Facebook Groups
Cloth Diaper Retailers - many have a section from returns in excellent condition. (Kelly's Closet has a great used selection!)
and more! Just do a Facebook search for cloth diaper B/S/T and quite a few things will come up!
Some moms are looking to trade their diapers for other styles or brands. This is a great way to try a different diaper without spending any money! The best way to do a trade is through Paypal. The two parties decide on a fair amount for the value of the diapers. Each party sends the other person the money to their paypal account (using "goods and services). So not only are you trading diapers, you are trading the same amount of money in Paypal. Each person ships their diaper to the other.
Example: Trade a Bumgenius Freetime for a Thirsties AIO. The buyers decide on $15 for each diaper. Person #1 sends person #2 $15 in Paypal. Person #2 sends person #1 $15 in Paypal.
The Paypal transaction protects both buyers in the event that someone does not hold their end of the deal or sends a diaper that is not as described.
Look for markings!
Diapers that have markings on the tags typically represent something. In some cases, this may be the child's initials for daycare purposes. But some charities and manufacturers mark through tags to represent diapers that were second quality, donations (not to be resold), etc. Be on the lookout and ask questions if needed.
Looking to sell your diapers? Read my tips on how to sell you stash!