One of the major benefits to cloth diapers, is that they can be used through multiple children. However, what do you do with your cloth diapers when you're finished diapering your kids? Many people are opting to sell their diapers in order to recoup some of the initial cost of their cloth diaper stash. However, selling used diapers may not be as easy as it seems. While some brands and types of cloth diapers hold value extremely well, other styles of diapers are more difficult to unload. Other diapers that were produced in limited quantities, unique prints, or made by a WAHM, may actually sell for more than the original purchase price.
|Limited edition prints may resell for a higher price if there is enough demand.|
As the market for cloth diapers has expanded, so has the resale market for used diapers. Through sales and coupons, many parents are able to purchase new cloth diapers for large discounts. Consumers can sometimes receive 20-30% off their diaper purchase, or receive free products in combination with their purchase. There is less incentive to purchase a used cloth diaper when a new diaper can be purchased for a good price. Additionally, most diaper retailers offer free shipping when a certain price point is reached, while a buyer will typically have to pay shipping for a used diaper.
It seems that many parents are also less interested in purchasing large quantities of used cloth diapers. Unless a parent is just starting a cloth diaper stash, most of their diapering purchases will consist of small purchases or impulse buys. Someone trying to sell used cloth diapers would most likely need to break up their stash and sell it in pieces. How many diapers can be grouped together? It may be difficult to sell diapers in multiples, and buyers are more likely to purchase one to two diapers at a time. However, selling diapers in small quantities may lower profit and discourage buyers who need to pay shipping costs. An oversupply of used cloth diapers also means sellers are forced to compete for buyers and that sellers may end up undervaluing their diapers.
In addition to the hurdles of competitive markets for used and new cloth diapers, parents are also more weary of buying used from an unknown source. Buyers are often asking for proof of the legitimacy of cloth diapers to avoid purchasing a counterfeit diaper. Not only is it difficult to distinguish a counterfeit, but buyers need to keep up with subtle changes made in the manufacturing of legitimately branded diapers. Some feel that purchasing used cloth diapers is not worth the risks involved in transferring money and receiving a product that is potentially not as described.
While selling used cloth diapers is common, buyers should be aware that cloth diapers may not recoup much value in resale. Sellers should also assess the value of their time: does it make sense to spend the time whitening, photographing, posting pictures, packaging, and shipping that diaper? Can that cloth diaper be donated to charity with less effort and possibly for a tax write off*? These days, selling anything can be challenging, and selling used cloth diapers can be even more of a struggle.
Have you sold used cloth diapers and what percentage of the original sale price did you receive?