How much should you pay for used cloth diapers?
How much should you expect to get for them if you’re the seller?
Buyers want deals and sellers want fair value, so knowing the re-sale value is very important. Exactly how do you determine the price of a used cloth diaper? Two years ago, I started working on a guide for pricing used cloth diapers to help out buyers and sellers. Then came Mary Kate and I put it on the back burner. This summer, it was finally done!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from buying and selling diapers for more than seven years it’s this – there’s no generally accepted pricing gauge. Some people refuse to pay more than 50% of the retail value, but many others are perfectly happy with shelling out 75% or more for something they really want. Either way, you are still saving money! Factors like closure types and colors can greatly affect perceived value, too.
My new pricing guide is based mainly on averages, just to give you a general idea of re-sale value.
But first, a few pointers:
- Be prepared to get low ball offers and don’t be offended. This happens no matter what you’re selling – used diapers or a used car!
- Be willing to go lower as time goes by. Do you really want to keep storing the diapers?
- Consider throwing in a small freebie to tempt buyers.
- Be knowledgeable about what you are buying, and use the current market for leverage (i.e. “Would you consider taking less for Diaper X because they were just discontinued and are now on clearance at most retailers?”)
- Ask questions no matter what condition the diapers are described as being in. Even if it says “excellent condition” I will inquire about elastics, staining, etc.
- Know when to buy new. Sometimes, the asking price is so close to retail that you might as well go ahead and get something brand new. You’ll likely also get free shipping and rewards points to boot. And don’t forget Black Friday; the deals on new diapers are amazing – sometimes more than 50% off!