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Kushies now available at Walmart!!

post #1 of 98
Thread Starter 
I posted this in another group, but I thought I would here too.

This is so crazy to see them at Walmart! They are selling them so cheap too, $9.25 LESS than Kelly's closet and other online stores.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=4601012

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/searc...ushies&ic=20_0

ETA: I am not overly joyfull that Walmart now sells these diapers. I understand that this will be a big hit against WAHM's.
post #2 of 98
great, the brick and mortar shops are all closed, so lets undercut the WAHM's online with cloth diapers....sheeeesh. these guys are amazing. who makes Kushies? why would a 'green' product sell to Walmart anyway (I was so glad when Seventh Gen turned down Walmart)

eta: uh oh, i thought your tone was 'outraged' but I see this is a 'pat on the back for walmart' thread.....I am outta here
post #3 of 98
ya I bought some there yesterday. I thought they were reasonably priced. I actually just got a couple diaper covers and a couple swimsuits(can I use these as diaper covers cuz they sure are the cutest little things??)

My mom also thought I should have some fold it yourself diapers with pins so I got some of those too.

Ok...something else...

I have Kooshies diaper liners (from sears) and Kushies diaper covers.(from walmart) Are these the same company?? just spelled differently?
post #4 of 98
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Originally Posted by MelMel
great, the brick and mortar shops are all closed, so lets undercut the WAHM's online with cloth diapers....sheeeesh. these guys are amazing. who makes Kushies? why would a 'green' product sell to Walmart anyway (I was so glad when Seventh Gen turned down Walmart)

eta: uh oh, i thought your tone was 'outraged' but I see this is a 'pat on the back for walmart' thread.....I am outta here
ITA, it is hard enough for these WAHMs to compete against each other in an effort to support thier families financially while staying at home now they have to complete with Wal-Mart undercutting them with thier low prices.

I understand the excitement of seeing cloth diapers at the most mainstream store in the world but it really upsets me that WAHMs are probably losing business over this.
post #5 of 98
I'm no fan of W-Mart.

But as a diaper-selling WAHM, I can say that I DO NOT MIND if they sell Kushies (yep, the same as Kooshies). I'm delighted that cloth diapers that aren't crappy thin burp rags are in a place where moms can get to them. A lot of women don't have credit cards or computers or any idea how to purchase something that's not at the WalMart accessible by public transportation.

If I go out of business because cloth diapers go mainstream, that'd be a dream come true!
post #6 of 98
at least now other mothers can get an idea of what kind of cloth diapers there are now rather than just the gerbers, maybe then they'll come online and looke too. I had no idea about cloth diapers until i came online.
post #7 of 98
I think its great personally and honestly for those who really start a CD joourney and discover all the online options and wonderfull whams Kushies are NOT going to cause them to go outta bussiness. Like the PP said its great somewhat decent cloth options are being avaiable for the general masses.
post #8 of 98
well in canada we have always been able to buy kushies (or kooshies) aio's and flannel fitteds at sears. I don't think walmart is that cheap on those anyway, sears sells them for 49.99 reg price (and often has sales) and that's canadian dollars.

but I really think its wonderful that better quality cloth diapers are available in stores... I have been trying to get our local baby boutique to carry fuzzi bunz or swaddlebees for months now but she just doesn't think people will spend that much on a diaper
post #9 of 98
Thread Starter 
MelMel, I am not giving WalMart a pat on the back. I know what this means for WAHM's. I just closed my online store in March. There is no way that I could ever compete against Walmart. Their prices are barely above wholesale. I think that the US WAHMs selling Kushies are going to have to drop these diapers from their line eventually because why would most people pay $10 more for the same diapers.

That said, I do like that better cloth diapers are becoming available to the mainstream. But I feel sorry for the other stores that will lose business because of it.
post #10 of 98
so are they only available online? It looks like it said online only but I wasn't sure.
post #11 of 98
i'm wondering too. can you buy them right at the stores?
post #12 of 98
I think that when brick and morter stores carry poor quality cloth diapers they are actually doing sposie companies a favor because folks try them, give up and them tell others how crappy cloth diaper are.

I know that kushies work OK for some folks but not having them readily available motivates people to look online and get some CD education in the process so that they are more likely to succeed.
post #13 of 98
WOW!! i cant believe it! this is good and bad
post #14 of 98
I don't think WAHMs will lose much business. I mean, do I think Kelly's Closet etc. should drop Kushies from their line, yes. I do. But WAHMs fulfill a niche market for people who want more original, special diapers, or who are willing to pay more $$$ for an expensive brand like Fuzzibunz, and who are motivated to find the best. And most WAHMs, because they are members of on-line communities, have their fingers on the pulse of the cding world and what the new hot thing is far more than big distributors like Walmart, which gives them an edge. They also tend to have loyal followings from what I've seen. Being small gives them flexibility, you know?

I disagree that not having Kushies as easily available will somehow force people to look for more cding options. The motivated will always seek better alternatives. The unmotivated won't. It's human nature. At least this way, women who aren't net-savvy or don't want to buy online or whatever, have a chance to try a decent cloth product. I see Kushies for cding as like the Sears for attachment parenting - maybe not the best example of either thing out there, but easily digestable for the masses and most importantly, not too expensive.
post #15 of 98
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zanymom
That said, I do like that better cloth diapers are becoming available to the mainstream. But I feel sorry for the other stores that will lose business because of it.
I feel the same way. I think this should be viewed as a mixed blessing. Maybe the more mainstream mama's who are sposie users will buy these and do some research here online and delve into the world of wahm diapers. If cloth goes mainstream, we'll have wahm's making more, becoming bigger, and shopping at wahm's will BECOME the norm. Yes it's entirely possible that they may lose business because Kushies are available at wal-mart now and that truly is sad. But maybe that's for us to step in to help. Maybe more people will start getting into cloth by buying the kushies and then we, as cloth diapering experts , will be able to mention all these great wahm's as a viable option for beautiful pieces of diapering art. It could be a good thing!

Meg
post #16 of 98
I would be fairly surprised if wal-mart sold many kushies....
post #17 of 98
walmart is making a huge effort to go more "green" not, obviously, becuase they care about the earth but because they want to win over the more (supposedly) upscale Target shoppers. ugh. walmart SUCKS! really, i think they are just awful. glad some people can get their cloth now and i know not everyone has access to a computer but still...it's all part of their evil plan to take over the world. only slight exageration there.
post #18 of 98
Great...it was bad enough that other WAHMs undercut the smaller WAHMS....now Walmart is doing the same. I might as well close shop because no way can I compete... Trust me, many of the people I've seen are looking for the cheapest way to CD and they want the absolute lowest price possible at the expense of the WAHM--I think "mainstream" cloth diapers are going to really hurt business. It was bad enough when Bumkins were available mainstream...
post #19 of 98
Just think how cool Targets CD's will be!
post #20 of 98
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tapioca
I don't think WAHMs will lose much business. I mean, do I think Kelly's Closet etc. should drop Kushies from their line, yes. I do. But WAHMs fulfill a niche market for people who want more original, special diapers, or who are willing to pay more $$$ for an expensive brand like Fuzzibunz, and who are motivated to find the best. And most WAHMs, because they are members of on-line communities, have their fingers on the pulse of the cding world and what the new hot thing is far more than big distributors like Walmart, which gives them an edge. They also tend to have loyal followings from what I've seen. Being small gives them flexibility, you know?

I disagree that not having Kushies as easily available will somehow force people to look for more cding options. The motivated will always seek better alternatives. The unmotivated won't. It's human nature. At least this way, women who aren't net-savvy or don't want to buy online or whatever, have a chance to try a decent cloth product. I see Kushies for cding as like the Sears for attachment parenting - maybe not the best example of either thing out there, but easily digestable for the masses and most importantly, not too expensive.


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