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#1 Ritaroo

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:22 AM

Wasn't quite sure where to post this. I am having my first baby in August and have been looking around for prams, cots etc. Do you think it would be safe to buy some of these products on eBay. Not really keen on the second hand ones but from a quick look, a lot of the things look a bit cheaper on eBay. I was just wondering if anyone had some sellers on ebay they would recommend or is it better to but things from a baby shop where you can have a look at it in person?

#2 Rainbow Brite

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:31 AM

Personally I would never buy anything in eBay that my child would be sleeping in/on. Eg cot mattress, bassinets etc. I would also never buy a car seat or capsule on eBay or secondhand.

I would buy a pram, clothes, high chair etc.

#3 Ritaroo

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:34 AM

Oh yes, I wouldn't be buying it second hand. I was more thinking about those megastores that sell brand new items. Thanks for your suggestions.

#4 Goggie

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:38 AM

Ditto for the mattress and cot as per PP. Ewwww

But I've bought a pram (new) and baby monitor (new), a swing and bouncer (second hand). The swing was the best money I spent and it was a third of retail price.

#5 sarkazm76

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:40 AM

Be carfeul with certain products - Baby Jogger for example... if you don't make sure it's a legit distributor you will have NO warranty!  Likewise if you buy from overseas and ship here your warranty will be for the country of purchase, not here.  Unofrtunately they rip us off this way as it's cheaper to buy one BJ stroller from the US and ship it here then it is to walk into a store down the road that sells probably 100 a year!!!
End rant.
Also try Gum Tree if you are looking for 2nd hand - I actually find it much easier to use/ better than Ebay these days.

#6 ednaboo

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:41 AM

There are fakes that come up on ebay.  So in the case of expensive new items I would prefer to buy in a store.  Fake ergo carriers for example frequently appear on ebay.

#7 mombasa

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:41 AM

I've only bought linen from eBay for my kids as the one I wanted had been discontinued and a lady had them available in her online store. We found that stores were willing to offer a discount if you bought the lot from them, we got all our furniture and pram from David Jones and they gave us a package discount and threw in a free Boori mattress and Living Textiles sheet set with blankets etc.

This was in 2006 though.

#8 neddyteddy

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:43 AM

I was also told not to buy on eBay... I am about to list my daughters cot and change table which are in perfect condition. She was not a chucker and did not chew the cot... it is in seriously good condition. Just look carefully and buy yourself a new mattress original.gif

#9 GoodGollyMolly

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:47 AM

Nothing wrong with secondhand stuff! (fair enough if you want a new mattress I did get a new one of those).  

Otherwise everything else I got was secondhand off eBay or gumtree.

I got secondhand stuff as much for environmental reasons as cost.
I even got my baby capsule off gumtree which I know is a big EB no-no.  ph34r.gif

#10 Ritaroo

Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:52 AM

Thanks for all the replies. I'll just do some research and be careful then. I agree with you good golly Molly, there is a lot of waste around and it seems pointless to buy a heap of new stuff which only lasts for such a small period of my life.

#11 PattiODoors

Posted 10 February 2013 - 12:10 PM

I bought a Mclaren Quest from eBay two years ago for $100. Best $100 ever spent. It had hardly been used.
I do buy baby stuff on eBay but it's new and usually from an eBay superseller type shop.
There is a lady on eBay from Queensland who makes fitted sheets for cots. Specifically your cot when you tell her the dimensions. They are fabulous.

#12 Lyra

Posted 10 February 2013 - 12:29 PM

I sold my cot without the mattress on eBay and got a good price. I also sold a whole heap of baby gates, a baby gate that goes around an open fire, a bed rail and a chariot bike trailer. All my stuff was in pretty good nick and where it wasn't I reduced the price accordingly and took photos of the scratches etc

#13 elizabethany

Posted 10 February 2013 - 12:42 PM

I bought my cot second hand off ebay.  It has been brilliant, and is about to go onto its fourth child (2 from previous family, second of mine).

It is in such good nick that I should be able to sell it on again, and help another family who wants a cheaper option.

I would NEVER buy a carseat or capsule second hand though, you do not know their crash history.

#14 Marty McFly

Posted 10 February 2013 - 12:49 PM

Everything I have is second hand, either from hand me downs from family or purchased from gumtree / kids market.
Some of the attitudes on here about second hand stuff is a tad elitist.

A great source of used goods are the Kids and Baby Markets held around the country. There's always a ton of selection.


#15 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:00 PM

As others have said, I would never buy capsules or car seats or anything that I could not wash (such as a mattress).

#16 klr70

Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:26 PM

I've bought quite a few baby things on eBay from private sellers.

The best would be a Stokke cot with the mini (bassinet equivalent), junior extension kit & drawer that fits under the bed (when in junior mode), plus drape rod & canopy. I also bought the matching change table (retails for $999) and sheets, etc. No major marks or scratches, both the change table & cot look like new, despite being around 6 yrs old. Great quality furniture that the seller had looked after. We've had it almost 2yrs & it still looks the same. All bought as "buy it now" & paid less than a third of the retail price. Bargain!

I also bought a Quinny Buzz pram from another seller. They had multiple prams & had only used it a handful of times. Barely a mark on it & it came with the bassinet fitting. Has had solid use since DS arrived.

As others have said, I wouldn't buy a 2nd hand car seat or capsule, as you don't know the crash history.

I made my own call on the mattresses for the cot - there are 3 separate ones: bassinet, cot & junior bed size. The seller had always used them with mattress protectors, so I aired each one thoroughly prior to use & washed the mattress protectors (seller had already washed all linens, but no harm in doing so again). I'm aware of the SIDS guidelines that recommend a new mattress for each child. However, like any guidelines, they are recommendations for you to follow & you can choose how to apply them to your situation.  ph34r.gif

#17 Lalalacey

Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:17 PM

DH and I purchased DD's cot and change table off ebay brand new from one of the baby megastore type things that were mentioned, it came direct from the factory, which is how costs are saved, it cost us $715.00 and thats including the $200.00 shipping to Tas. To buy the cot we have in a baby store here would have cost $900.00. we purchased our matress locally from the baby store though. I also purchased my feeding chair off ebay brand new for $150 thats including shipping and the same chair to buy locally would be $375.00 plus there was a larger choice of options.

#18 mondayschild

Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:34 PM

We have our grandchild stay overnight once a week and furnished his entire room off eBay, except his cot and mattress which we bought second hand off someone I knew at work. As some examples we bought:
- exersaucer $50
- portacot $25
- playmat with the toys that hang over it $10
- Peg Perego pram $80
- large collection of Bobble Art room decor worht around $200 for $45
- large amount of toys stuffed and other $10 total the lot
- more clothes than I can think of ranging in price from 50 cents up in excellent condition
- walker $20
- high chair $25
- cot bumper and quilt $8
- trolleymate for shopping $5
- baby bjorn carrier $20
- newborn sling brand new $15
- Mothercare car seat $50
- pair of baby gates $47
- rear mirrors pair of for seeing bub in the car $20
we also bought some new items off eBay for less than retail price and some stuff from Trade Secret and the bargain websites such as Mumgo and Catch of the Day. I estimate we have saved a couple of thousand dollars over new and everything is in great condition, clean and well kept. Go for it then sell it again when you are done. Money in YOUR pocket.

Edited by mondayschild, 10 February 2013 - 04:48 PM.

#19 Rosiebubs

Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

QUOTE (neddyteddy @ 10/02/2013, 07:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just look carefully and buy yourself a new mattress original.gif

I second this. I got a beautiful second hand Stokke cot (amongst other things) before my son arrived for a fraction of the retail cost. I just bought a new mattress through Bubs baby shop.

#20 cHoCoLaTe*MuNcHkIn

Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:01 PM

I've sold alot of DS baby things on ebay and I've just started buying for this pregnancy too.  You just have to be smart about it - do your research and check out similar items.  you can always ask for more info or pictures if your unsure.  Good luck original.gif

#21 libbylu

Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:12 PM

We got a second hand cot and a bassinette (bought new mattresses) and a change table on ebay - we saved heaps and were happy with what we got.  They are sturdy wooden items, easy to wipe down and clean.

I think it is worth getting a new pram if you can afford it - you will use it for years and they are kind of tricky to clean well, so I think it is potentially a bit germy to get one second hand unless you are prepared to do some hard scrubbing.

Car seats are also worth getting new because they are regularly updating the standards, so anything used by someone else is likely to be quite a few years old (they have date of manufacture printed on them, so you can always ask) and you may be better of getting a newer one.  Also, like bike helmets, you are supposed to throw them away if they have been in an accident and it is hard to be sure if you don't know where it is coming from.

The best way to get second hand baby stuff is to put a post on facebook - you will be astounded what your friends and family have lying around that they are prepared to give/lend for free.  Then at least you know where it has come from!

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