Buying & Selling Baby Items Online
As parents, we’ve all come to that crossroads where our baby/child has outgrown an item and we wonder what to do with it. There are times when we have a family member or friend that can use it and we can give it away which is awesome, but what about when we don’t know anyone who could use it and don’t want to throw it out?
Baby gear is expensive and often you don’t get your money out of the use, however, it is still needed at the moment. As your child grows there are other things that you have to buy for new moments, so why not try and sell some of those gently used items to help you save on the new? You are not only helping someone else out by helping them find it for a lower price than new but also helping yourself out by using that money to put towards other items you need.
Say Hello to Markid
Markid is an app that can be downloaded giving you access to a community of parents that are looking for gently used baby and children items. The app is specifically geared towards parents looking to buy/sell children’s items which means that you don’t have to worry about getting lost in a general marketplace.
For a buyer, it means that you have a place to go that specifically sells kid’s items. The US Department of Agriculture says that every child estimates an average yearly clothing expense of $737. That just takes into account regular clothes, not things for special occasions, sports, or activities such as dance.
The US Department of Agriculture also states that the average middle-income family spends $12,000 to $13,000 on their baby’s first year of life.
Why Buy Gently Used?
There are so many things that you buy for an infant, and as many parents know; there are some things you will buy that they won’t even like. For example, with my daughter, we had gotten a baby swing (because every baby loves a swing) and she HATED it. I tried easing her into it, putting it on the lowest setting- I really tried but to no avail. We couldn’t take it back because it had been un-boxed so it sat in the corner of a room unused.
Another commonly underused item for babies is clothes. Some babies grow fast and they never get the chance to wear clothes or just wear them a couple of times. Then there are the instances where the size is off-season- for example winter wear in summer (in Florida no less). Even with toddlers and kids, sometimes you buy clothes and suddenly there’s a growth spurt and it’s never worn.
It’s reasons such as these that buying gently used baby and kid items works especially with babies and kids’ items. There’s a great post, The Green Impact of Going Used that discusses the multiple benefits of going used such as saving money and reducing waste.
Examples of Savings on Markid
Here are a few examples of the deals that can be found on Markid!
Graco Duel Sooth & Swing Rocker
New: $118.99 Markid: $30
Loveevery Play Gym
New: $140.00. Markid: $90
Baby Bjorn Bouncer
New: 199.99 Markid: $145
Baby Bjorn Cradle Bassinet
New: 350.00. Markid: $245 (NEW)
Somethings are Markid are local meetup and some are shipping (or both). It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the market for baby & kid items!
There are so many benefits to buying and selling gently used baby items. Whether it helps you declutter, make some extra cash to put towards the things your child needs as they grow, save some cash and still get quality baby items, it is a win-win situation for all.