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)
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?