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post #1 of 130
Thread Starter 
I hope this isn't too much of a touchy subject. I'm just wondering if most people will pay more than retail for "hyena" diapers that are new or used, but not being sold by the WAHM herself. Obviously, ebay doesn't count since the buyer determines the price by bidding as high as they wish, but what about a price set by the seller?

How do WAHMs feel when their items are sold higher than their retail price?

Also, are you as a buyer willing to pay more than retail for a sought-after diapering item? If there are people out there who are willing to do so, then does it make it okay for the seller to price over retail?
post #2 of 130
Ya know, I was thinking about this yesterday when I was looking at ebay. I think it must make them :, but what could be done about it?
post #3 of 130
I would buy an El Bee Baby fitted for twice the price because they are sooo hard to find! KWIM
post #4 of 130
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Originally Posted by ChristiansMomma
I would buy an El Bee Baby fitted for twice the price because they are sooo hard to find! KWIM
I think the WAHM then deserves to double her price. She deserves the money since she works so hard on it.
post #5 of 130
I have mixed feelings about this. I am not willing to pay over retail for a hyena dipe. Thats why I haven't been able to snag a Kiwi Pie off ebay yet. But, I am not against people who are selling dipes making as much as they can get.
post #6 of 130
i've paid more than retail in the past and would do it again for the right item. i'd really prefer not to do that, but if ya gotta have it...
post #7 of 130
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Originally Posted by Diaper_Addict_Jen
I think the WAHM then deserves to double her price. She deserves the money since she works so hard on it.

So then, when you buy an item and it then becomes a collectable, should you feel about reselling it for more than what you payed?

Not being snarky, just an honest question.



ETA: I don't think it's wrong to sell a highly sought after diaper for whatever someone is willing to pay for it. Now, if you're buying stuff with the sole purpose of reselling to make money, that's not cool.
post #8 of 130
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Originally Posted by Diaper_Addict_Jen
I think the WAHM then deserves to double her price. She deserves the money since she works so hard on it.
So why don't they? People would pay more.

Just asking...
post #9 of 130
From my experience, alot of Mamas will and have paid well over retail for dipes because they either a) haven't been successful at stalking the dipe from the source or b) buy it just to "have" it.
I have paid over retail on a couple of occasions for both these reasons.
Do I think the WAHM's should then in turn raise their prices?
Sure! If the items are being bought at a higher-than-retail price, then there are obviously people out there who will pay more for a quality item.
As an example...I have watched the price of SOS go up from $15 per dipe (just last summer when I was a frequent stalker) to $18+, and they are still being snagged as quickly as they're posted.
post #10 of 130
Also, a lot of these diapers are one of a kind so it's not like you can just go get another one, kwim?
post #11 of 130
When I was stalking MM recently, I enlisted several people from my office. They didn't understand the hyena rush until it was over. They said that obviously she isn't charging enough for her covers if they sell out in half a second

ashlee
post #12 of 130
I think once the product leaves the WAHM's hands, supply/demand and the market for dipes, hyena or not, will dictate what is asked for and paid for a diaper. When I see a KP go for $62 on ebay I look at it as a reflection of supply/demand and don't feel bad that the original seller isn't profiting again from the resale of the product (even if it's still new.) I think it's presumptious to think that a community can create rules for the distrubition of products.

That said, if I were to part w/ a 'hyena' type product I would personally put it up on the TP for what I paid for it (if new) or a reasonable % if in EC or VGC.

more to say, but the babe is fussing
post #13 of 130
I have paid a LOT over retail for El Bees a lot of times. The thing is that I want thoes diapers and wool covers and I cant get them unless I pay what people ask for them so I pay it.

Yes the WAHMs who make them do work hard but a lot of times with items like El Bee or Kiwi Pie the mama who buys them in the first place does a lot of work to get them. I know I have put a lot of time and effort and money into building the El Bee stash that I have and if for some reason (God forbid!) I needed to sell them I would sell them for whatever the market was willing to support.

If people dont think its right or dont like that mamas are asking that much for them they can just not buy them. If no one buys them then the asking price has to go down.
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post #15 of 130
Monica!
How dare you chomp on popcorn and not offer me any!
post #16 of 130
I just sold an El Bee for over retail, but I've also bought them for over retail. Does that even things out?

Offering a hyena item for over retail is okay in my book...no one is forced to buy anything. Should there be a TP rule that says that only retail should be asked? That way, everything "hyena" will go to ebay, and we can knock each other over in the bidding wars. Just my 2 cents, since I have a feeling my TP post might have prompted this thread.
post #17 of 130
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Originally Posted by lrmama
Offering a hyena item for over retail is okay in my book...no one is forced to buy anything. Should there be a TP rule that says that only retail should be asked? That way, everything "hyena" will go to ebay, and we can knock each other over in the bidding wars. Just my 2 cents, since I have a feeling my TP post might have prompted this thread.
I agree- if the price is too much then don't buy it! It's simple economics. There aren't any babies going diaperless because moms can't afford hyena dipes.
post #18 of 130
I don't necessarily feel critical of someone for selling higher than retail (obviously I do not know their circumstances), but I am definitely not comfortable doing it. It goes against my personal ethics. I also feel uncomfortable when I see something that I sold on the TP show up again selling for more than I asked. But, I like to think that is more often than not just a case of not being able to remember what you paid for something.
post #19 of 130
Thread Starter 
I agree that there should not be rules about what price you can set. I just don't think *I* could sell for more than retail - it would feel wrong to *me*. But like others said, you don't have to buy the item if you don't agree with the price.

I'm just curious how the WAHMs feel when they see it happen.
post #20 of 130
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If people dont think its right or dont like that mamas are asking that much for them they can just not buy them. If no one buys them then the asking price has to go down
ITA. For the "collector" dipes, there's a whole different market phenomenon, IMO. I've bought and sold stuff for way over retail (although the selling for more $$ has been done on ebay, so the person buying decides how much that item is worth to them) I think Kristin (momtokay) is right- it all depends on how badly you want something
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