- No No-name Brands – I searched for brands I felt I trusted and looked for tags and other giveaways that I wasn’t getting an imposter.
- Constant Vigilance – I looked closely at the pictures offered and made sure that what I saw in the pictures matched the descriptions offered.
- Read the Fine Print – I looked for product descriptions in which the seller admitted they’d only used the diapers for X amount of months, only at night or “tried it and it didn’t work for our family”. Even though I was buying used diapers I still wanted to acquire a good quality product. Also check to see that the seller offers to ship items within X-days of payment to insure a timely delivery.
- Bid Carefully – Before placing my first bid I determined the maximum amount I was willing to pay. This ranged from about $10-$12 dollars per diaper. I put in my offer at my Max Amount x Number of diapers and factored in shipping into the total if it was more than $1-2 per diaper.
- Bid Oddly – When the final day of bidding came up and if I was still the highest bidder I would up my offer by a few dollars and odd cents. If my max bid was set at $50, I would up the max to something odd like $53.78. This way if someone was playing “sniper” they would have a harder time outbidding me by a few cents in the last 30 seconds. I did loose one bid this way, loosing by 18 cents because I kept my max bid low and assumed I was in the clear.
- Bid Widely and Lowly – To ensure that I won at least a few items I bid on 10 auctions, the auctions that weren’t set to end for more than 4 days I’d bid low on the items that way I could easily be outbid if I won early items and filled my quota. Turns out I won 3 auctions in the first 3 days and let my last 4 auctions be out bid this way.
- Lot #1 – 11 Stay Dry Inserts, 4 BumGenius One Size 3.0 Pocket Diapers 4 Newborn Inserts/Doublers 3 insert socks, 2 Snappies *I actually got these last 3 items as a surprise as they were included in my package, but not mentioned in the description. This was my “tried it, didn’t like it” auction and I feel like the seller just wanted to get rid of everything* Total without shipping = $50. This was my far my best deal, particularly when adding all the “freebies”
- Lot # 2 – 6 “Excellent Used Condition” BumGenius 3.0 All-In-Ones Size Large – The seller was spot on in the descriptions and I was very pleased with these. Total without shipping = $56
- Lot # 3 – 5 BumGenius 3.0 All-In-Ones Size Large – Another great purchase, seller was spot on with descriptions. Total without shipping = $54
- Total for Used Ebay Diapers without shipping = $160
- 35 Items Purchased –
- 11 BumGenius 3.0 AIO
- 4 BumGenius 3.0 One Size Pocket Diapers
- 11 Stay Dry Inserts
- 4 Newborn Inserts/Doublers
- 3 Insert Socks
- 2 Snappies
- Cost per item Approx. $4.57 or
- $7/diaper (normally 17.95 – 19.95)
- $3/insert ( normally 4.99)
- $2/sock (normally 2.99)
- $2/snappie (normally 3.95)
- Purchase Price if bought new from Cottonbabies.com without shipping
- a Grand Total of = $332.55
The warm weather this week finally got under my skin and I’ve been out collecting like crazy.
This year I have the opportunity to oversee two garden spaces – one at my house and one at my parents. I’m taking advantage of the fact that we still have more than a month before our guaranteed “frost free” date to do a little more planning.
I’ve also been bit by the book bug (say that three times fast) with the new discovery that Henry has finally developed a moderate interest in “storytime”. At least he likes being read to and will occasionally crawl into my lap and looking a picture or try to turn a page while he plays in his room. While I love to support my local library, I also love to have a library of my own and have been taking advantage of the resell shops in town to pick up some classics for $.50 – $1.00 per book.
One of the best parts being that I get to rediscover all the books I read as a child, or had read to me. It’s really magic.
Our latest editions seen in these pictures. Each title is linked if you’d like to discover more about the book!
- “Five Minutes Peace” by Jill Murphy
- “A Day on the Prairie” by the 3rd grade students of Kildeer Countryside Elementary School
- “Jamberry” by Bruce Degen
- “The Book of Foolish Machinery” by Donna Lugg Pape
- “On Market Street” by Anita and Arnold Lobel
- “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney
- “Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse” by Leo Lionni
- “Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books” by Kay Winters and Nancy Carpenter
- “Winter Days in the Big Woods” adapted from the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- “Animals in Winter” by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gelder
- “The Great Race of the Birds and Animals” by Paul Goble
- “Quillworker: A Cheyenne Legend” by Terri Cohlene