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SEVEN TIPS for Re-selling Your Cloth Diapers!

Posted by Becca on 7/21/2015 to Cloth Diaper How-To
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Tips for Reselling Cloth Diapers

One thing I have always liked about using cloth diapers is that they maintain their resale value and you can often get much of your money back when you are done using them. I have a friend who sold her entire stash after using it for two kids and got about $300 for it all. Unfortunately, this isn’t as simple as just listing them on eBay, but from my limited experience reselling parts of my stash, I’ve found that there are some good ways to get a good return for your used cloth diapers.

1) Don’t wait to sell until your diapers are overly used and loved.

For instance, I’ve finally decided to retire most of my bumGenius 3.0 stash. Shortly after writing about how long they’ve lasted (they are six years old and have 4 or more years of solid use), I noticed the leg elastics starting to droop and I honestly don’t feel like replacing them. I’d rather just restash, especially since I feel that I’ve gotten a good return for my investment from these diapers at this point. If I do sell them, I won’t get as good a price as I would if I were selling 4.0s, which is the current BG model. My diapers are in remarkable shape for their age, but most people aren’t looking to buy such an old model.

2) Snaps seem to sell better than hook and loop closures because they last so long and are so durable. This doesn’t mean you can’t resell your hook and loop diapers, just that they might not bring back as much of your investment.

3) Carefully choose where to sell them. You could sell on eBay, Diaperswappers, in the Babycenter cloth diaper forum (or other similar mommy/cloth diapering forum), on a yard sale website, or even back to some retailers, most of whom will give you store credit for them.

4) Do some research and choose a realistic price. Look at the prices other similar cloth diaper lots are actually selling for (not necessarily the listing price), and choose something within that range.

5) Take a good photograph. Good photography really sets a listing apart. Put your diapers in a well lit (preferably naturally lit) place with a solid color, clean background, and take a picture without flash. Flash often darkens the background and distorts the color of the product. However, if you know what you’re doing, you can use flash in a well lit and clean space to clean up any high contrasting shadows in your photo. These days a smartphone will take a great picture and it’s easy to upload photos of your stash from a phone. You can even edit the photos on your phone, just be sure you edit them so the photo is as true to life as possible. A poorly photographed product is less likely to beg a high price because the photograph will present the product as poor quality. You want to show of your best assets.

6) Be very honest about what you are selling. Mention any stains, wilted elastics, or closures that need to be replaced. You want to keep a good reputation on the site where you choose to sell your wares, and you don’t want to have to deal with any returns.

7) Sell more than one diaper. It seems that buyers are more willing to purchase an entire lot of cloth diapers rather than just one or two. I know I am, because you end up paying less shipping this way.

I haven’t sold a lot of my diapers because I get ridiculously attached to them, but I have sold a couple here and there as well as other things on Etsy and eBay, and I have found that the tips listed above ring true not just for diapers but for just about any product (used or handmade) that you want to sell online. So, good luck with reselling and restashing!

Comments

Date 7/21/2015
Kimberly Woodcock
Very good tips. Looking forward to buying snap diaper covers.
Date 7/21/2015
Kelly
I can definitely speak to the good lighting suggestion. I had some diapers listed on a few buy/sell/trade pages on Facebook for almost a week. The pictures were dark and not the best quality. I did a reshoot in a different room of my house, natural light shining in, and on a white sheet. I relisted the diapers and they all sold within 24 hours! :)
Date 7/21/2015
Mary Schuh
I seem to have had better luck selling smaller amounts of diapers rather than huge lots. But these are good suggestions!
Date 7/22/2015
G. Sewell
Great tips!! I've been able to buy and sell a bunch of diapers on Facebook groups. I love buying used diapers so we can try them out without spending full price, then if they don't work, I just list them!
Date 7/23/2015
Jessica McFadden
love these tips! I have successfully sold many diapers and bought many used as well. My favorite tip is be honest! Nothing is more frustrating to a buyer than to get a dirty gross diaper and be out that money!
Date 7/23/2015
Jessica Funderburk
Awesome tips! Now if I could just bring myself to let them go. :(
Date 7/24/2015
Melissa K
This will be great to know in the future! I definitely want to make the most of my investment and get a return if possible.
Date 7/24/2015
Christina H
Great tips! I'm currently in the process of selling a bunch of mine because I fell in love with a certain brand and type of diaper!
Date 7/24/2015
Erica P.
Lighting and quality of photos definitely makes a world of difference. I've passed over used diapers I was interested in simply because the quality of the photo didn't let me determine the quality of the product, and I was insufficiently motivated to ask the seller for more images.
Date 7/25/2015
Carri McGuire
It's amazing how well poop catchers retain their value!!
Date 7/27/2015
Mea
Great tips! I only have a few covers though. I'm looking to get rid of 3-5 newborn Imagine diaper covers. They've been used for 9 days...not a fan. Kimberly Woodstock, let me know if you are interested.
Date 7/27/2015
Julie Lake-Berton
This a great article! My husband and I have decided to put the money raised when we sell our diaper towards baby girl's college fund.
Date 7/28/2015
Nichole Regnier
Thank you! I am trying to resell some now that aren't old, I just want to try a different kind! So thanks for the tips!
Date 7/29/2015
Julie
Thanks for the tips. I'll probably be reselling soon. I have a large stash with a few very new or hardly used nice pieces. I'll have to keep these in mind.
Date 7/30/2015
Maureen
As someone who is still on the "buy" side of these transactions, I also really appreciate it when sellers are very specific about what items they are offering. I know it is time-consuming at the outset, but it helps buyers understand the value of the lot, and probably saves time in the long run because there will need to be less back-and-forth with individual people who are potentially interested in buying the diapers. (Your listing will also more easily reach people who are searching only for a specific item and may have a higher value for it.)
Date 7/30/2015
Jessica Lane
Would it be totally weird if I never sold mine and just kept them all. They are all so cute.
Date 7/30/2015
Jennifer V
I love this post, especially for the newbies who have no idea like myself!
Date 7/30/2015
Carmen B
Great tips! I'm new to cloth diapering and need all the help I can get lol.
Date 7/31/2015
Tara
Great tips! I think many sellers need to keep tip #4 in mind. I initially figured I would purchase some of my diapers used, but seeing prices only a dollar or two less than retail put me off. I have slowly been buying NEW diapers whenever there is a good deal, and I can honestly say I have paid far less than I would have buying used. (There is also the bonus of having a warranty and help if things go wrong)
Date 7/31/2015
Sabrina Throm
These tips will come in handy when I go to sell my cloth diapers in the future!
Date 8/5/2015
Joan
Great article and comments from folks already selling! For me personally being honest about the condition is most important as a buyer/seller. 2nd is the more specific detail the better! Especially if selling to someone who isn't local!
Date 8/5/2015
Joan
Great article and comments from folks already selling! For me personally being honest about the condition is most important as a buyer/seller. 2nd is the more specific detail the better! Especially if selling to someone who isn't local!

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