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June 4, 2012

Second Hand Cloth Nappies: Top Tips for Buying Cloth Nappies Online

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Buying Second Hand Cloth Nappies Online? What You Must be Aware of: 5 Top Tips (+1)

When buying nappies online you should be a savvy shopper and not find yourself paying near-full price for a second hand cloth nappy!

Here you will find 5 helpful tips to keep in mind when you next shop online for cloth nappies:

1. Buying Second hand nappies online – Know what you are looking for.

Have a plan and a list. Decide on the style of nappy you want and the size or materials, then look over the offerings, to get a feel for how those nappies look price-wise. The seller should tell you the condition of the nappy, how it was used, and any major issues such as shot elastics or missing poppers that you may need to fix. If you are handy, you can fix minor problems and save big. If not, avoid these nappies and go for better quality 2nd hand nappies. Expect to pay a third of the retail price. You can get near-new nappies that were the wrong size or shape for a baby or the baby grew too fast to use them much. Again, look for these clues. And don’t be afraid to try out a nappy brand you’ve never heard of. It might just become your favourite!

2. Buying Second Hand Nappies Online – Look Closely at Photos

You’re going to want to eyeball any cloth nappies, at least in a clear photograph, to verify general wear and use. Today’s cameras make it easy to capture exactly what the nappy looks like, however today’s photo editing software also makes it easy to cover it up. Just be aware.

3.Buying Second Hand Nappies Online – what is the wear and tear?

The longevity of a cloth nappy will depend on how it was washed, how often (such as if it was in a rotation of 8 or 40 other nappies) and if it was line dried or tumble dried. Ask these questions to get a feel for what you are getting. Do you need them from a smoke and pet-free home, or doesn’t this matter (as you’ll wash them anyway)…

4. Buying Second Hand Nappies Online – Use Paypal or Your Credit Card

Pay with Paypal or credit card so that if the nappies turn up in worse condition than was advertised (or don’t turn up at all!) you won’t lose all your money. You probably know this, but both Paypal and credit cards offer an extra measure of security over paying via bank deposit. You can file a claim and try to get your money back if the goods aren’t what was promised. It’s always a pain to have to chase up things that haven’t turned up, but if it was a significant chunk of money that you paid, it could be worthwhile.

5. Buying Second Hand Nappies Online – Check Your Acronyms!

Be absolutely sure that you understand exactly what the seller is saying. Does EUC stand for ‘excellent used condition’ or ‘extremely used condition?’ Does their idea of ‘worn elastic’ match your own? Do you know the difference between ‘AIO’ (All in One), AI2 (All in Two),

Buying Second Hand Nappies Online +1: Be Sure to Browse for ‘Seconds’ Cloth Nappies Too!

Our bonus tip is, once you have done your research, check out the sales of ‘seconds’ cloth nappies at cloth nappy retailers – you might just get a cheaper nappy brand new that has a wonky seam, or tags missing, or some other minor imperfection that means a retailer won’t sell it for full price.

As you can see, when buying cloth nappies second hand you can expect to get decent bargains, as long as you know what to ask and look for, and keep to your plans of searching for the best types of a certain style you are after (rather than randomly buying).

This article has been written jointly by Mel from Little Para Pants and Charndra from My Green Nappy!


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