Originally Posted by Smullarkey
Could I offer a newbie perspective?
I was so excited to find this community. So much information, so many like-minded people having lively discussions! But I have to admit that this so-called "hyena" behavior is a real turn-off for a new person. There is much said about new folks needing to become part of the community, to invest in the community, before certain priveleges are allowed. I understand that. But the hyena behavior, the -dare I say it- showcasing- of some- seems to go against many MDC member philosophies of living simply, treading lightly, not "overconsuming," etc. It might just be me, but sometimes when I'm here, I feel just like I did in high school. All the pretty popular girls wore the Guess! jeans, Esprit sweaters, and other highpriced trendy clothes. They all sat at the same lunch table and seemed to be having the greatest, most fun time in the world. They were all nice enough, but I never quite new how to talk to them, how to relate. I know, cry me a freaking river! LOL! But do you understand what I mean?
Since you are a newbie you may not have seen the TP yet for yourself. I am not a hyena diapering mama. I go for the cheaper, mass-produced stuff because that's what my budget allows for. The majority of TP diapering products are the kind that are affordable to the average diapering mama. I just bought almost a full collection of pocket diapers from the TP. They sell prefolds, covers, and of course the Hyena diapers.
You will find many threads, if you stick around for awhile (which I hope you will) that are about how people are simplifying and only use prefolds and flats. You will find discussions about laundry detergents, stains, etc.
While I'm not part of the hyena crowd, I can appreciate the enthusiasm for some of these pretty diapers that are hand-made by moms at home. I would rather see someone spend $$$ on a cloth diaper that is earth-friendly and supports a fellow mama, than to go out and spend $$ on the lastest trendy stroller or whatever, and support a big industry.
The practice of buying/selling products may look a little bad, but that's the way the economy works in the real world. Whether it's ethical or not. I have personally bought diapers new and sold them for 2/3 of their new price. They were still in good shape but they were *used*. The market was there, the ebay price was driven up, and I made $ on something that most people outside of the diapering world would shake their heads at.
If you have any concerns about TP practices, please feel free to PM the moderators of that forum, or PM Cynthia Mosher, or administrater. If you think it's question that would be appropriate for public discussion you can start a thread in Questions and Suggestions.