Of course we all want the best of everything for our kids and the thought of buying second hand gear for our little angels may be hard for some parents to swallow.
But when you start to add up all the expenses associated with raising a child it becomes apparent that finding ways to cut corners may be a necessity if you want to have any money left over to send little Bobby to college one day.
There are some baby items that you should never buy used, but things like clothes, cribs and designer carriages are perfectly safe to purchase used – and you can save up to 70% doing so.
Even your cheapskate husband can’t deny you that $800 jogging stroller if you can get it for %70 off! That’s practically like someone is just handing you a stack of crisp hundred dollar bills… Right?
Here are 15 great places to buy used baby gear online:
Varage Sale is a site that stands for virtual garage sale. This is an online site and App that connects you to local people in your neighborhood that may need to sell used baby gear. You can browse and sell items at your leisure and find great prices near you.
What makes Varage Sale better than site such as Craigslist is that you have to connect with your Facebook profile, which creates less potential scam opportunities. The other advantage of Varage Sale is that the sellers have ratings. Thus, if you feel a particular seller is not right for you, then you can elect to not do business with them
Facebook is a great resource for local parents to join together on common issues that they are facing. While there are many purposes for Facebook Groups for local parents, one is to advertise used gear for sale so that both the family selling can make money and the family that needs the gear can save money. Many times, you will be able to save 50 – 75% on baby gear this way
If you are not quite able to leave the house yet, it is best to look at a consignment store such as Swap.com. At a store such as this, you are able to browse and sell used items. What is great about this site is that it is organized by size, which will be the most time efficient for you
eBay is an exceptional website to find a wide range of products. That being said, they have a spectacular selection of baby gear that can allow you to save a great deal of money on the product.
If you already have feedback on eBay for other items, this is a great way to easily buy and sell baby gear online. Another great aspect of eBay is that they use PayPal religiously, which makes for a more secure transaction overall
Baby Outfitter was created by Kate Upshaw who claims to be a children’s book, clothing, and toy shopaholic. Her site now sells many secondhand products that range from blankets to books. Every item is shipped for a flat fee. This is a great site to explore if you would like to replace your children’s toys, books or movies and would like to save money while doing so.
This website originated from New York City parents that wanted to sell high-end designer baby products that they had invested in. On ReCrib, you will find cribs that range from DucDuc, NurseryWorks, Stokke, and Bloom.
Additionally, you will find strollers from brands such as Quinny, Peg Perego, Bugaboo, and Maclaren. Furthermore, furniture from major brands such as Pottery Barn and West Elm are commonly found on this site. Thus, if you are looking for nicer items at an affordable price, this site is a great resource to you.
Even though Craigslist has a bad reputation in some industries, there are still deals to be found there. It is wise to look for baby gear there and to meet the person publicly to purchase it or sell it. This will allow you to get great deals on the items that you need for your child.
Offer Up is a sensational App that requires no membership fee. What Offer Up does is allow individuals to list items that they are selling locally. For those wishing to sell furniture items, this is a great place to do so because there are many buyers that are in your local area that you can sell to.
How the App works is that you set a price and then others bid on it based on what they can afford. You, then can choose who you would like to sell to. Offer Up is a great way to both buy and sell products for great prices.
Encore Baby Registry
Encore Baby Registry is not a place to buy used products. That being said, it is a place where parents can create a wish list of what they need for a baby shower, let’s say and then can give the list to friends and family. This is a great way for parents to get what they want and need rather than a bunch of gifts that are nice decoration, but are not what they actually need to care for their child.
NOTE: StorkBrokers is in the process of making upgrades to their site – hopefully they will be back online soon!
This site is a new addition to the scene, but is also another place where parents can buy and sell used baby gear. What makes StorkBrokers truly unique is that it also has forums where parents can discuss common parenting issues.
This is a great addition for new parents to not only save a great deal on baby gear, but it is also a way to grow as a parent while you shop and apply that advice to help you as a new parent.
thredUP is a neat concept in that parents stuff a certain sized box with as many clothing items as possible. Then, they provide a description of what is inside the clothing box. Buyers can then shop the box’s contents and purchase whichever box meets their individual needs. There is merely a $5 service fee and a $10.95 shipment fee and in exchange, you must post a box of your own on the site for another parent to take.
Overstock.com is every parent’s dream because they are able to get affordable baby goods that are new for the price of used products. On Overstock.com, it is possible to save up to 70%.
Additionally, they send 12% coupons by e-mail every month. Thus, be sure to use these coupons to your advantage and you will be able to save a great deal of money on your baby’s products.
Mercari is an app that aims to make it easy to buy and sell almost anything. The idea is to connect buyers to sellers and to make selling unbelievably easy by facilitating a swift service. It’s hugely popular, with over 50 millions downloads in the US and 350 thousand new listings every single day.
The app itself is user friendly and pretty easy to use and Mercari protects buyers by holding payment until you’ve confirmed that you have received your order and it’s arrived as described in the listing. You have three days after receiving your item to request a return and refund, although the app is giving extra time due to the pandemic.
There’s whole sections dedicated to kids clothes and each clothing item is broken up into age groups, so you can search specifically for girls’ dresses for 0-24 months for example. This is great because of the sheer number of items, you could easily become overwhelmed with choice, but this specific categorization means you can really hone in on what you want.
The app also has an extensive toy section, which is a bonus because it means it can be a one-stop shop for all of your second hand needs!
Our only complaint is one that we have with many websites and apps of this nature; buyers set their own prices and so the prices can vary wildly depending on what you’re looking at.
Some people have an inflated idea of what their items should cost, but on the flip side, there are some really great bargains to be had!
Good Buy Gear
Good buy gear is aiming to reinvent the way parents buy and sell used baby gear. They offer more than just a facilitator in used baby gear transactions and instead act as an intermediary. They collect items that parents are selling and then process, clean and perform a quality check before advertising the items on the Good Buy Gear website.
This is really what sets them apart from other websites where sellers dictate their own price, quality and cleanliness and often leave buyers and sellers to set up awkward exchanges in public places.
Let’s be honest, anyone who’s dissuaded from buying used baby clothes is usually worried about quality or cleanliness and Good Buy Gear takes that out of the equation.
They also set the prices, which makes sure there’s stability in the cost of individual items and while they’re on average priced slightly higher than other sites, it’s worth it to have quality and cleanliness guaranteed.
The website is user friendly and offers a great array of items including strollers, toys, cribs, car seats and scooters. Admittedly, they don’t have much in the way of used clothes, but they have so many other great options that we felt we’d be remiss to leave them off this list.
We also really love their concept and all of their reviews from parents are really great. The cherry on top is that Good Buy Gear was founded and is run by Mum’s, so they really know what we’re looking for when it comes to used baby gear.
Poshmark is a large online marketplace and social platform for gently used clothing, toys and homeware. It has both apps and online platforms that sellers and buyers can use.
Poshmark utilizes social networks to encourage users to follow trendsetters and connects buyers to people whose style they love. With over 5 million sellers, Poshmark is without a doubt, one of the largest online marketplaces for pre-loved clothing.
Poshmark allows buyers to bid on items and sellers to offer further discounts to buyers who “like” their items. The app and website are both user friendly and you can search by specific brand, by specific item, color, size or price. If you have a brand you love, you can attend brand-themed Posh Parties where you can browse and buy items from said brand.
We love Poshmark for allowing buys and sellers to interact and if you find someone who’s kids have a style you love, you can essentially shop right from the source and get the look yourself.
Unfortunately, this also means that you’re at the mercy of how the seller cleans the items and the quality, but Poshmark offers a return service, although you do have to justify why you want to return the item.
Unfortunately there are lots of complaints about the condition that items arrive in, so it’s worth making sure you have a good number of quality photos of any item prior to buying it.
The good news here is that if you find a seller you know and trust, you don’t have to worry about this as much. Poshmark sells more than just baby clothes, with fashion for men, women and homewares as well, so if you’re in the market for some of your own items, it’s a great one-stop shop for the whole family!
OfferUp is primarily a mobile app that was founded as a competitor to Craigslist. The idea is to connect buyers to nearby sellers. It was founded in Seattle by two Dads who wanted to get rid of the baby gear they didn’t use anymore.
It’s really great for baby and kid’s clothes, baby gear, toys, as well as maternity wear and you can definitely find some really great bargains on here.
When you’ve found an item you want, you can make an offer, the seller can counter and you carry on until you both agree upon a price. This can put some people off who would rather just pay a set price, but for bargain hunters, this is a dream come true.
You do have to organise to exchange money and goods with the sellers, which some parents don’t like, but Offerup has a “Ship to Me” option that eliminates this issue. You enter your postcode when you first enter the site and products are shown to you based on the geo-location closest to you. The idea is to foster a sense of community and enable those face-to-face meetings.
Offerup understands parents concerns about safety, offers verification badges, positive reviews, average response times and trusted connections. This is all aimed at putting sellers minds’ at ease when considering a face-to-face transaction.
Offerup has also worked with over 1800 local police departments to establish well-monitored Community MeetUp Spots for these transactions to take place at.
As usual, our only complaint is that buyers are really at the mercy of a seller’s opinions around cleanliness and quality. That being said, some of the identification badges Offerup has in place also equates to more trusted sellers whos buyers can expect quality from.
As always, we recommend you only go for items with good quality photos and specific measurements.
BabyCenter’s Swap Groups
BabyCenter offers community message boards where parents can swap baby gear, sell baby gear and advertise their own businesses. The groups are very friendly and chatty, much like the other community messaging boards on BabyCenter.
We love these groups, because they offer parents a place to trade and exchange gear without necessarily having to spend money. It has a real community vibe and inherently attracts like-minded people who are willing to negotiate.
If you were looking for a specific item, it’s worth searching the message boards to see if someone is selling or offering to swap that item. It’s also a great place to trade baby clothes or buy baby clothes from parents who no longer need them.
The BabyCenter swap groups definitely aren’t as well organized or uniform as other sites which allow people to uniformly buy and sell used clothes, but the handy search function make them well worth a look if you’re after something in particular. It’s always worth a look because you could pick up an absolute bargain or find a great swap.
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