Local, Experienced and Help Save Money
So you need a pram or stroller but not flush with the funds? Or the thought of going into Bubs Baby store fills you with dread? Why not help out a mum who is selling theirs and buy online. And there are many advantages to buying second hand prams or strollers from a fellow mum too!
As written in the Buying Second Hand Prams article buying second hand does not necessarily mean old or worn out. Mums sell their used prams or strollers in good or excellent, as new condition and even still in the box (unwanted gift from the in-laws). Mums also sell for a range of reasons. Whether they are upgrading due to a second child, downgrading because the kids have grown up or they have changed their mind on what they need. Many mums need the help of the extra cash a quick sale of an unused pram or stroller can give them.
Another advantage of buying from a fellow mum is the convenience of looking and buying online in the comfort of your home when it suits you. You can ask any questions about the pram/stroller as well as their feedback on how it rates or compares with other models. You can find mums near you which is a great help in reducing the cost of shipping because you can pickup the pram/stroller yourself. And as a local mum you could possibly try before you buy and see how it works in action.
Buying second hand can also help you to save significant amounts of money off the RRP of a new one. Supporting other mums by buying their pre-loved pram or stroller will allow you to get an insight on its usability too. So be sure to ask them many questions. Going the cheaper option of a second hand pram or stroller could even allow you to have your own "collection" of prams/strollers suited to different uses: a smooth surface stroller for shopping and walking on footpaths, a running stroller for fitness and a quick use lightweight umbrella stroller when traveling.
Mum's selling their pre-loved baby gear for the first time on eBay will not have the Feedback or Detailed Seller Ratings that we may use to buy from eBay with confidence. However, they need the support from other members with their initiation into the marketplace. Without the ratings these new sellers will always welcome questions about their item for sale.
Questions to ask could relate to:
- Pickup details or shipping costs - whichever applies
- Detailed photos of any wear and tear of the pram or stroller
- Any additional items or accessories with the sale
- Any pro's and cons about the pram or stroller for sale - honesty goes a long way
And remember, money saved on buying a good second hand pram or stroller can be put towards new accessories such as a gorgeous sunshade or pram liner.