This time of year (tax season) brings a renewed spirit to the B/S/T sites (Buy, Sell, Trade in case you were wondering!) Things tend to be really slow around the holidays because everyone seems to be saving their money for presents, among other things! Now that it is all over and tax refunds are on their way to many, all the markets seem to have come alive.
I want to share a few tips about buying and selling with you. Next week, look for Part 2. WHERE the best places are to buy/sell/trade cloth diapers.
There are many great places you can buy and sell cloth diapers. But please do your research first. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Not everyone buying and selling is honest. If something doesn’t seem right or look right, it probably isn’t. (I wish there were less of this in our world.) Sometimes the best thing to do is just walk away.
Don’t use condition terms (i.e. EUC, VGUC, GUC) to determine the ACTUAL condition of a diaper. We all have very different ideas of what we might think an EUC is (excellent used condition). One person may think EUC is only tried on and never washed while another may think only used on one kid and not all three qualifies.
Ask questions and ask for more pictures if the ones provided aren’t sufficient. If a cloth diaper isn’t new, ask if there are any issues you need to know about. This might include condition of elastic, snaps or hook and loop, pilling, or stains. If your child has any allergies; ask which detergent it was washed with. Don’t be afraid to ask ANY question if you have one. Most sellers are more than happy to answer as long as you aren’t just wasting their time (window shopping).
Look for seller feedback. Most of the B/S/T sites have a system to monitor feedback. Read what other buyers have said about the person you are buying from. You are looking for things like: Item as described, fast shipping, and excellent communication. Just keep in mind that not everyone has feedback because sometimes it really is their first time selling something. On the same note, try to leave feedback after you purchase something whether it was a positive transaction or a negative one. Your feedback helps to keep everyone protected.
Finally, use Paypal to pay for your transactions. Paypal is a safe way to pay and be paid without having to share financial information. The seller is responsible for a very small fee that is charged from Paypal to receive the money. But it is worth it!
From Paypal’s website: “If an eligible item that you’ve purchased online, eBay or otherwise, doesn’t arrive or doesn’t match the seller’s description, we will look into it. If it’s discovered that something is wrong, our Purchase Protection will reimburse you for the full purchase price of the item plus shipping costs.”
The seller also has protection though Paypal. If someone claims that they never received the item shipped and you have proof of delivery, Paypal has you covered. Paypal also has a fair resolution process for when problems occur.
Sellers, I ask that you be honest and upfront about what you are selling.
Buyers, I encourage you to ask questions, do your research and to use good judgment before buying.
If we all followed these suggestions, so many headaches could be avoided. Have any of you ever had a cloth diaper transaction not go as planned? How did you resolve it?