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How I Feel About Replica Diapers


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This has been a post in the making for months. I just didn’t know what to say or really how to say it. Did you know that moms are copying diapers? Yes. They’re taking fabric markers and making their own “Jules” diapers using almost the exact design. They’re taking stitching to white diapers and making their own “Baseball” diaper. It’s not so much of an issue that they’re re-creating these hard to find diapers… It’s the problem that they’re trying to sell them.

When Bumgenius started creating prints, people went crazy. One of their prints was even lifted and put on a China Cheapie! For that reason, and probably others, they’ve made other prints limited edition. People go crazy over these limited diapers! Audrey, one of their newer diapers, sold out in 18 hours! Ridiculous, right? But people wanted them. If you looked at any cloth diapering store, big or small, you won’t find a single Baseball, Irwin, Carroll, Maathai, or Jules. They’re all in the hands of mamas and either sitting New In Package on a shelf or they’re being adorable on a baby’s bum.

Sure, you can find some of these diapers on a buy/sell/trade group. But you better be prepared to pay twice, triple, if not quadruple retail price! That’s right… You could pay $80 for a diaper. Crazy, right?? Yep! Supply and demand is usually the reply you’ll get from a mom selling these diapers. Heck, people are even flipping these diapers. They’ll grab as many new prints as they can get at retail and then sell it for double what they paid and make a nice little profit. But, that’s another post for another day.

One day, I was scrolling through a buy/sell/trade for bumgenius diapers to see what was for sale. I saw a Baseball diaper that looked to be in great condition. Supposedly a mom had bought the diaper used and was now selling it. It was listed as if it was “real” and was a true bumgenius Baseball diaper. Nope. She had so many comments asking her questions and come to find out, she was tricked and bought a replica Baseball diaper for the authentic price. What a bummer… Can you imagine? Paying who knows how much money over retail, thinking you’ve finally got the real thing, and then it turns out you were tricked. Wow.

So I talked to Jennifer Labit, the founder and CEO of Cotton Babies- the makers of Bumgenius, Flip, and Econobum. She wanted to tell mamas, “The best way to avoid getting fraudulent product, is to purchase new, or insist on a copy of the receipt showing that the product was purchased new from an authorized retailer.” This was her response to the mom drawing Jules on white diapers:

(Screenshot provided by Jennifer Labit, and name has been cropped out to protect the other person’a identity)


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Be sure to protect yourself when purchasing limited edition diapers. Be sure that you are purchasing from authorized retailers or from people that you trust. Any replicas, in my mind, is flattering to the company but it can also be upsetting for them. Companies work so hard to get new things out for their buyers. Prints are copywritted and should be treated as such. But that’s just my opinion as a consumer. I want to know that I’m buying the real thing and not have to question if I was just ripped off. I’m sure many others agree!!

So, how do you feel about these replica diapers and others recreating prints?

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5 Comments

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    Alex
    September 5, 2014 at 3:19 am

    I want a Jules badly! But not badly enough to pay the $70 that I see it going for in the group I’m part of. I snagged two Audreys without even knowing they were going to sell out or that the limited editions were such a huge deal. Since then, I’ve made sure to stalk cotton babies when the new stuff is released to make sure I can get one and not regret missing out later.

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    Rachel
    September 23, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I think that if companies do not wish for others to replicate their diapers, they need to make enough to saturate the market.

    Cottonbabies is especially notorious for this. The replica market exists because people are unwilling/unable to pay two to three times the retail price for what is often a used diaper.

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    Weng Rodriguez
    October 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Jules and other prints are easy to detect if it’s a replica. On the other hand, the Baseaball diaper is so difficult. Some replicas have better stitching than the original ones. How can we be sure we are buying the authentic diaper?

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    Cindi
    February 18, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Well first I want to thank you for posting this. Some time has gone by now, and being a member in many Bum Genius B/S/T groups, I’ve been seeing many “baseball prints” going around for around $90-$110. Some admit to the purposely copying the stitching, and the buttons, but with the recent influx- I’m betting that many aren’t getting the real deal.

    My feelings on copyright/infringement are very strong! It’s unethical, and wrong! I for one could never do it. My feelings on the baseball print just aren’t that strong to even make one for my own personal use (Jersey girl here, so I bleed blue

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      Fluff Bum Babies
      February 18, 2015 at 9:52 am

      When I had my “buy all the diapers” moments and wanted a rainbow, baseball was the only one I didn’t want and for the reason of not wanting a fake. If Cotton Babies does re-release it, I’ll probably buy it but I won’t actively look for it on a bst. No way! Lol

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