One of the benefits that you hear about cloth diapers, baby carriers, and other crunchy items is that they retain their value. This is so very true. And yet, it’s simply not as easy as snap a pic and post. It can be very overwhelming to get started. Selling a cloth diaper stash is not as simple as putting a tag on your item and putting it in the garage sale pile. We’re happy to walk you through every step of the process.
Choosing a Platform
Selling local brings local prices: You can only sell at the price that a local market will bear. If your town doesn’t have a thriving cloth community, it may be difficult to get the 70-85% of retail value that diapers can bring in. The absolute best local price that you can get locally is to join a local diaper swap with garage sales leaving you with the worst price.
Selling on consignment saves time: There are a few places around the internet that allow you to sell your cloth diapers on consignment. Crunchy Swap is one of them. Selling as a consignor is probably the easiest method of selling. You can pack your fluff up and send it off (or if you’re local go to a local drop off). Then you just wait for paypal to notify you of your payment. However, you won’t get as much commission off of your sold items as you will selling them yourself. While you’ll be able to charge internet prices for your items, you will have to split that commission with the platform you’re selling on. Its how they justify spending the time to photograph and write postings, etc. You can learn more about consignment, at Crunchy Swap here.
Swap groups and forums: On some platforms you’ll need to babysit your posting. I have always had trouble posting in Facebook swaps for this reason. Active groups tend to have lots of rules for how often you can “bump” your listing, but it’s necessary to “bump” listings to get attention for your item(s). Most groups or forums have a limited number of times that you’re allowed to “bump” in a day, and it’s very important to adhere to those rules, because your posting can be removed without warning. That’s a heartbreaking outcome, as I’ve seen people close to making a sale comment one too many times when responding to an interested buyer and lose their post completely…and lose the contact information of the mom they were chatting with along with the post. Moderators in swaps and forums are usually unpaid volunteers, and they’re usually busy moms who are trying to keep the group clean, neat, and fair. So it’s not their fault, it’s just part of the platform.
Marketplaces: As you know Crunchy Swap is a marketplace, and so is eBay. Its no secret that we think we’ve created the best marketplace for selling crunchy items. But we understand that savvy vendors do their homework. Some things to look for when choosing the easiest place to sell.
- Fee structure: Some platforms charge a per listing fee. That makes sense for eBay because they sell anything and everything. At Crunchy Swap we get that the items we sell are for a specific stage in life. Once you’ve sold off your stash, you may not ever sell another cloth diaper….but during the period when you’re selling, you might sell a lot of them. We don’t ever charge a listing fee. In order to cover our costs of hosting the listings, we instead charge a $5 Vendor fee that gets you access to the Vendor dashboard for 6 months. If you still have items to sell after that point, you can always renew, but we hope this model will save you money over listing fees, and also give you the flexibility to list one item or a collection of items…whatever you feel will sell better, and not have to worry about the price. To keep our costs low for Vendors we charge a small fee to buyers. Other than your $5 vendor fee, selling on Crunchy Swap is free. And we even offer promotions that sometimes waive that fee.
- A library of post templates: At Crunchy Swap our goal is to eventually create a system so easy that you can basically snap a picture and click a button to post your items. We’re not there yet, but things are improving all the time. We do have a library of posting templates available in our Facebook Vendor Group. Once you’re a vendor you’ll receive your invite. The template library allows vendors to be able to copy and paste item descriptions. Making it that much easier to create your postings.
- Vendor service: The vendors of any marketplace are the heart and soul of it. Choose a marketplace where you’re more than a number. Crunchy Swap is small and friendly. We want you to make the most money off of your postings as possible, and we want you to enjoy your experience. We’ll answer any question you have whether it’s about shipping, pricing your items, or something else entirely.
- Market values: Because we sell a very specific set of items, we keep up to date on what market value is for specific brands and styles….and we happily share that information with our vendors. You can be confident in how to price your items.
- Incentives and promotions: Look for marketplaces that offer extra incentives. As stated above, we do.
- Ability to edit postings: On eBay and other platforms like it, once your listing is created there is no going back. There is no changing a live eBay posting. You would have to take your listing down, and create a new one if you decided to change something. One feature that we’re proud of here at crunchy swap are changeable listings. If you decide to change the price of your item or add some new details based on a customer question, you can change your listings…even if they are already live.
Post Your Items
So now it’s time to post your items. How do you do that exactly? Here’s what we feel is the easiest, most time efficient way to get your stash online and money in your pocket.
Gather your items: There’s nothing worse than having to put the camera down every 30 seconds to run and find another diaper or the hood to a carrier.
Inspect all items for stains and tears. If you find anything that needs washing, do that now so that you don’t have to delay shipping to run it through the laundry. You only want to sell stuff that you would be comfortable buying for your little one, so if there are big stains or rips, it’s probably best to put that item to the side to throw away or reuse as a cleaning rag.
Pictures: Now it’s time to take pictures! You want to make your picture show off your product. You can have an amazing description written, but if you don’t have a nice picture, your ad will likely be overlooked. How do you do that? Sunlight will be your best friend. Find a sunny spot in your house and lay out a neutral colored sheet to use as your backdrop. Be sure to take shots from several angles. Your pictures really tell the story of your item, and you want the shoppers to read the beginning, middle, and end.
Write your ad: Once you’re done with the pictures, it’s time to write your ad. You want to be sure to list the condition of your item such as excellent used condition (EUC), new with tags (NWT), good used condition (GUC), or something similar. It’s also helpful to tell if it’s from a smoke free home, or if there are any pets in your home. Be sure to include in your description any special features unique to your item. It’s also nice to tell what you loved about the item.
If the idea of writing your own ad seems daunting, be sure to check out our templates we have available in our Vendor Facebook group, open to Vendors. These templates allow you to copy and paste and tweak for your specific items.
Upload your pictures to the ad.
Set your price: Again, our market value list is perfect to help with this, mark how many you have, and hit the post button.
That’s it! Once you post the ad, share with your friends that you’ve got items for sale, and wait for your buyer to come along. You may have enquiries from potential customers, that you’ll want to be sure to answer quickly to receive positive feedback. Once your item sells, it’s always nice to reach out to the customer, thank them, and let them know when the item will ship and provide a tracking number if applicable.
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