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Old 02-01-2013, 10:33 AM   #1
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Buying/Selling flats question...

I think I made a newbie mistake! (This didn't happen on diaperswappers BTW). I offered to trade a brandy-new AIO GroVia for some birdseye cotton flats. BUT... I was very silly and didn't make it clear that I didn't want any Gerber or Gerber-like quality.

I had a mom offer me some flats and I agreed. Before proceeding I asked her what brand they were. She said they were all Gerber flats and sung their praises.

I feel soooo embarrassed now. I'm so glad that I thought to clarify! But... I was really surprised that someone would attempt to trade gerber flats for something like that. I shouldn't assume people wouldn't?

How do you go about buying or trading for flats?

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Re: Buying/Selling flats question...

Flats are so expensive to ship because they're heavy, i've bought mine new.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:42 AM   #3
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Flats are so expensive to ship because they're heavy, i've bought mine new.
So moms generally don't buy or trade flats from other moms? The shipping makes it too expensive?
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Re: Buying/Selling flats question...

As pp said flats are expensive to ship so often cost the same used as they do new.

Oh by the way I love my gerber flats padfolded. As an experiment I did double them fold to size and lay in a third padfolded. Then I pinned them on my son. Amazingly they worked great. I let him wear them overnight. Of course my son is a light wetter.

I do have other flats and primarily use my gerber flats padfolded for
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:48 AM   #5
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Re: Buying/Selling flats question...

Yeah they are heavy and kind of pricey to ship. I would get used flats if they were in an FRB stuffed to the gills, otherwise free shipping works better for me
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Re: Buying/Selling flats question...

You can try Craigslist for selling them, to avoid the shipping issue. I've noticed the same issue with prefolds,you can generally find a coupon and free shipping new for the same price as used.
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Re: Buying/Selling flats question...

Ok... I will go with buying flats new with free shipping instead. I think that'll be safer!

I'm depending on my flats as it'll be our sole diapering system given our specific living situation. I suppose it's wise to invest well in them.
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Re: Buying/Selling flats question...

Probably better off selling the Grovia AIO outright (either here or in the Grovia B/S/T on facebook) and using the proceeds to buy flats from a retailer. I haven't tried them, but I saw that Diaper Rite are 10% off at Diaper Junction right now, and it's possible you could stack on the coupon they send you for writing a review (I'm not sure that works, but definitely worth a try!).
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