'If you can't afford a child, don't have one!': mum's fury after trying to sell baby items

Many people pointed out the global pandemic has affected peoples financial situation
Many people pointed out the global pandemic has affected peoples financial situation  Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Selling second-hand items is a great way to earn a few extra dollars or pick up a bargain or two.

However, one mother-of-three, who has been selling her old baby items on Facebook Marketplace has found that some buyers are not willing to pay for the items, messaging her  to ask that, instead, she "give them away for free" because they don't have the money to pay for them.

Posting on Mumsnet, the mother said she's been trying to sell a few things online now that her kids don't need them anymore, and has had 'two women message her and ask if they can have them for free as they're both pregnant and can't afford the items."

 "Why have a baby if you can't even afford basic baby grows and cheap little outfits?" she asked indignantly. 

The mother slammed the women for asking for the items for free

The mother slammed the women for asking for the items for free. Photo: Getty Images

"I'm NOT well off" she tells users. "Just please help me understand why do people keep asking for everything for nothing."

"I'd give it away in a heartbeat as I do loads to people I know and to the lady at church for families she knows in need," she says, explaining that selling her kids old things helps her afford to buy them new items.

"Yes times are tough at the moment and everyone's situation is different," she says, pointing out if 'you're struggling now it'll only get worse'.

"Children are most certainly not cheap!" the mother finished the post.

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Some users responded, agreeing with what the woman was saying.

Many people pointed out the global pandemic has affected peoples financial situation

Many people pointed out the global pandemic has affected peoples financial situation Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

"People shouldn't have kids if they can't afford them. To ask someone you don't know to give you something is rude," one person said. 

Others thought she could be the target of online scammers, looking to sell the items themselves.

"90% of the time these people get things for free in order to sell them on, they may not even have a child" someone pointed out.

Other commenters said they thought she was being a bit judgmental, pointing out that many people who previously could have had a steady income may have lost their jobs due to Coronavirus.

"[COVID-19] wasn't predictable, wasn't something any of us planned for and has changed the world dramatically" one user wrote.

"People's circumstances change," they pointed out.

"Either you give stuff away or you don't. If you do, great, if you don't, fine, but don't sit in an ivory tower judging like this. It's just a little sh---y."