Monday, January 14, 2008

Don't fear the fetishists! Oh, the outrage!

eBay is really working hard at being ridiculous and at making me mad!

I tried to sell some of Fly's very well-cared-for cloth diapers, and eBay removed my listings, saying:

"Due to hygiene concerns, eBay does not permit the sale of used underwear. This includes, but is not limited to:

- Boxer shorts
- Panties
- Briefs
- Athletic supporters
- Cloth diapers"


Does eBay really think a mom is going to come crying to them when she finds out she has just purchased a cloth diaper that another child has used -- Gasp! -- when the auction clearly says it's a used diaper? Any mom who is looking to save money by buying used cloth diapers knows exactly what she's doing -- it's a great way to save money. How is buying and using a used cloth diaper any different from dressing your kid in used swim trunks, is what I'd like to know. (And why are used panties verboten, but used bras are A-OK?) (EWWW!)

Besides all that, commercial diaper services take your dirty diapers, wash them, and bring back clean, used diapers that were likely on another child's butt. So the idea of using pre-owned cloth diapers -- especially the really nice, expensive ones, like all-in-ones or pocket diapers -- isn't new.

Hygiene concerns. As if.

I went poking around online and found a huge outrage against eBay's anti-used-cloth-diaper policy. There's even an online petition to get eBay to change its policy.

But this mom may have figured out eBay's real reason for not allowing used cloth diapers -- it's pretty creepy, but it's to cut down on fetishists. (Um. I don't even want to know what a grown person would do with a little diaper that barely covers your hand.) Still, she says, "why punish a community that aids in reducing, reusing, and recycling?" Amen, sister!

Fortunately, in my indignant searching, I found a couple places online where you can buy/sell/trade cloth diapers (including used ones! eBay!), at and

The funniest thing is I was still able to sell some of Fly's diapers that eBay didn't catch.

Take that, eBay!

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Blogger Stephanie Wilson she/her @babysteph said...

Oh wow- that is crazy!


6:46 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Are you serious????? You have got to be kidding me. No used CLEAN diapers, but used bras are okay? Great point about the diaper service and even greater point about recycling. I'm glad to hear there are other options out there. EBay has become part of the evil empire.

7:38 PM  
Blogger ohAmanda said...

That is weird!

I'm feeling a little yucky right now thinking about all these used undergarments, tho'...

8:34 PM  
Blogger jennwa said...

I do not know why E-bay would care if you state they are used. That is very strange.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Awesome Mom said...

I heart Diaper Swappers. I have yet to have a bad transaction there, and I have bought quite a few things through them.

9:21 PM  
Blogger groovyoldlady said...

Those danged diapers are EXPENSIVE. Who WOULDN'T want to buy used ones? If you're worried about the possibility of germs you can santitize them yourself.


9:37 PM  
Blogger Bloggy Mama said...

Used bras, ugh.
I was going to ask if you have any of those dipes left and what sizes? Also, how much?

1:11 AM  
Blogger Nadine said...

Nutty. I'm glad you were able to sell some of them and found another site.

2:46 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Does selling the old diapers mean that Fly is now potty trained?

10:15 AM  
Blogger Don Mills Diva said...

That is ridiculous - I hate it when big companies can't use common sense!

10:38 AM  
Blogger Bon said...

i'd wondered why i could only find new cloth diapers on Ebay...bought some Fuzzibunz awhile ago and thought, weird, nobody's selling any large used FBs right now...must be bad timing! duh. the policy issue is so ridiculous it never even crossed my mind.

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was also a case where the diapers were not washed properly and a yeast infection was spread. Now I use cloth diapers and have thankfully been lucky to buy both used, & seconds, but I *always* bleach those suckers.

umm used bras ... ew!

Diaperswappers is awesome. I have bought and sold on there.

7:18 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Swanepoel said...

Pooie on eBay.

9:26 PM  
Blogger motherbumper said...

Well that's just silly. I agree with your Amen, sister! It's not like you are selling poopy diapers because... well now, that would be disgusting. And who is eBay to police fetish folks? I mean - yes it's strange - but why do they care what folks do with the diapers?

8:17 AM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Good for you for sticking it to the definitely-not-green man!

2:48 PM  
Blogger ♥♥♥ A- Licious ♥♥♥ said...

i hate eBay.

used bra's huh...YUCK!

4:51 PM  
Blogger Leighann of Multi-Minding Mom said...

Puh-lease. That's stupid.

Do you have a local yahoo group that posts children's stuff?

We have one here and I've both bought and sold used baby items. Very handy!

We use cloth diapers for burp clothes that are now on kid #3!

4:36 PM  
Blogger brooke said...

Too bad TJ Maxx doesn't sell cloth diapers. If a Vera Wang dress is $15, what are diapers, like $2, right? :)

2:32 AM  

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