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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 15:07 PM   1
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Preloved Ragababes... worth the $$?


I found some preloved Ragababe diapers and all the reviews look amazing. This brand seems to have almost a cult-like following. Are they really that great?

They seem expensive even pre-loved. Everything I've read seems to indicate they will hold their value. Has anyone had any experience with buying, selling, using them?

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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 19:01 PM   2
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Not familiar with the brand but I bought some preloved nappies and regretted it. They were said to be in good condition but the elastic didn't have much life left in it and the inners, which were bamboo were badly hardened and other ones needed stripped.

I think unless they are being sold because they didn't work out for the person that tried them (i.e. haven't been fully through a child) that it is worth investing in the new ones since they are such a heavy use item and really many don't do so well past a single child (especially if they are birth to potty or similar nappy that isn't a restricted size - might get more life from a sized nappy).



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 19:08 PM   3
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Thanks for the tip. I'll make sure to check condition of elastics etc. These ones are newborn so I don't imagine they were used for long. I might not even have a chance to use them as my last baby was 9 lb 10 oz. I want to have a few on hand in case this baby is smaller but I also want to be able to re-sell if I don't end up using them.



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2013, 06:52 AM   4
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I haven't heard of them either but I have to disagree with the PP. I think preloved nappies are great! You do occasionally get people who take the mick (or who simply don't realise that their nappies aren't in great condition) but you can always ask for a refund. If you've paid by Paypal (and haven't gifted the payment), you are protected by Paypal too, just like buying anything from anywhere else. I have probably bought more than 50 nappies preloved and I had problems with just one thing, which I got a full refund on because the seller hadn't realised how poor the condition was. I think I also had one case of nappies smelling strongly of detergent, but they were cheap nappies and stripping isn't a major problem.

In the case of expensive nappies, the people who buy them tend to be proper cloth addicts and so know how to care for them properly. As they've made an investment, they want to be able to sell on to recover some of that. If you're worried, ask lots of questions, ask for additional photos, save your messages and replies and pay by Paypal using the goods option, never gifted. If the sells wants gifted payment, just pay as goods but add on the cost of fees



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2013, 16:33 PM   5
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Thanks Rachel

I'm doubly covered... I've found them locally and can have a look at them before I hand over any money. There was also someone else interested in them who is due 2 months after me so hopefully she'll buy them when I'm done. I'm going to give it a shot.



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2013, 16:41 PM   6
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I am not familiar with the brand, but I did get Preloved nappies and loved them! well worth the money. Some of them had warn out elastic, but I just replaced it, no biggie.



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2013, 20:01 PM   7
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I haven't heard of them either but I have to disagree with the PP. I think preloved nappies are great! You do occasionally get people who take the mick (or who simply don't realise that their nappies aren't in great condition) but you can always ask for a refund. If you've paid by Paypal (and haven't gifted the payment), you are protected by Paypal too, just like buying anything from anywhere else. I have probably bought more than 50 nappies preloved and I had problems with just one thing, which I got a full refund on because the seller hadn't realised how poor the condition was. I think I also had one case of nappies smelling strongly of detergent, but they were cheap nappies and stripping isn't a major problem.

In the case of expensive nappies, the people who buy them tend to be proper cloth addicts and so know how to care for them properly. As they've made an investment, they want to be able to sell on to recover some of that. If you're worried, ask lots of questions, ask for additional photos, save your messages and replies and pay by Paypal using the goods option, never gifted. If the sells wants gifted payment, just pay as goods but add on the cost of fees
Yeah I'm sure it is different different places. In my case the seller's argument was that they were used nappies, had been through a child or two and so the wear on them was expected and they were only listed in "good" condition so I can't get a refund. Basically I'm binning them because they are in such bad shape and I'm sure neither the legs nor backs will fit right due to the elastics. So it is just something to watch out for. I would ask different questions in the future so I just wanted to give a heads up to the OP to not be as careless as I was. These nappies "looked" great in the photos and aren't stained or anything but they are just plain worn out. Not a big deal but had I paid a lot I would be upset. Live and learn. I'm sure there are plenty of times that buying them used would be a totally different story as with anything. Probably just safe to be aware of what can go wrong so you can ensure that you get used nappies you ARE happy with. I would buy used ones if someone were selling them because they didn't fit their child or something... i.e. lightly used.



 
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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 05:33 AM   8
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Did you pay with Paypal? If you did, it's worth raising a dispute - they will pretty much always side with you



 
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Old Jan 16th, 2013, 09:43 AM   9
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I would pursue it too. You should always be able to return something right away if it doesn't live up to your expectations.

I've been doing so much reading I think my head is going to explode, but am learning the lingo. If something is labeled in good condition I would expect it to look almost new, but that isn't the case in pre-loved diaper world. This is from one of the diaper-swap facebook groups on how to label by condition:

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NIP (new in package),

NWT (new with tags),

NWOT (new without tags): These diapers are new, have never been used. Everything is pristine.

Like New: Much like the new condition diapers, but these have been used only a few times. No stains, elastic has no issues, no lint in velcro.

EUC (excellent used condition): These are diapers that have been used but look nearly new. Diapers in EUC would have no staining, no wear (no holes, no snags, no rips) and elastic would be like new, not stretched or loose. Minimal lint in velcro, no curling of velcro.

VGUC (very good used condition): The diapers would functionally be in like new condition: no relaxed/stretched elastic, no holes, no wear/fraying on the fabric. Cosmetically they may have minor imperfections. Slightly faded fabric, light staining on the soaker or inserts. OBV may not be silky.

GUC (good used condition): These diapers are functional, but not in the best shape. May have wear and tear, moderate staining. Velcro may not be as sticky, but works. Velcro may be curled and have lint. These diapers are not the prettiest, but they will work.

UC (used condition): These diapers have been worn heavily. Fading, wear spots, holes would all be acceptable. Elastic may be relaxed but still functional. Velcro may have heavy curling and lint. Heavy staining to be expected. These diapers also may be listed as needs work (ie: new velcro, snaps, etc)
Patooti: if the elastics were shot they should have been labelled UC not GUC



 
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Old Apr 22nd, 2013, 19:44 PM   10
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I'm part of the "cult like" following. I've got most of my stash I'll need when my LO makes his or her appearance in December. They seem to hold up really well and resale well!



 
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