I love Diaperswappers!
Not only for the amazing deals I have found on cloth diapers, but also for the community of mama’s whose parenting styles are very similar to mine. There are so many discussion forums that have topics on everything you can think of as it relates to natural parenting.
It has been an amazing resource to me as a mama. But I will have to say that I was a little intimidated at first, because I didn’t know much about posting on forums. So, for any of you that feel the same, I want to take you through the basics.
Anyone can check out Diaper Swappers, but in order to buy and sell, as well as participate in discussions, you will need to create an account. Don’t worry…it’s free. Just click Join on the upper right hand of the homepage. From then on, you will just Login using your newly created username and password.
To shop for cloth diapers and other items, or participate in discussions, click on Forum on the upper left hand corner of the homepage.
This will take you to a long list of categories and topics. To browse what others have listed for sale, scroll about halfway down the page to The FSOT (For Sale or Trade).
First you see WAHM Wares meaning items made by a “Work At Home Mom”.
Next you see FFS – Free For Shipping meaning you pay shipping only for these items.
Beneath that is ISO – In Search Of. This is where moms list all of the things that they are wanting to buy. I’ve never created an ISO list, but some mama’s have a list a mile long.
After that, begins the cloth diaper categories. For more info on the different types of cloth diapers, you can read through my past posts under the label Cloth Diapering.
And although it’s not pictured, if you continue to scroll down past the cloth diaper categories, you will find categories for Baby Carriers, Craft & Hobby Supplies, Photography, Homeschooling Items, etc.
Okay, back to the tutorial…let’s pretend I wanted to buy some Pocket Diapers (which I do recommend). I would click on Pocket Diapers under FSOT, and that would bring me here.
Each title is called a Thread. The name beneath it is the username of the person who started the thread, in this case the seller. Threads are listed newest to oldest, and each time someone posts a reply to a thread, it bumps that thread back up to the top making it new again. If you are the seller, you are allowed to post a reply to your own thread every 24 hours to bump it back up so it doesn’t get lost on page 4 or 5, where it is less likely to be seen.
One of the learning curves of forums is learning all of the abbreviations. For example, let me translate the thread title circled in red (pictured above)….”8 EUC (Excellent Used Condition) FB (FuzziBunz Brand) Small (Size) & 1 HH (Happy Heiny) OS (One Size) Cow Print”.
For a cheat sheet of all of the abbreviations commonly used, click here.
So if I were interested in those diapers, I would click on the thread title, which would bring me to here.
To the left, you see the seller’s profile. In the center is the description of her diapers and below that are lots of pictures which are VERY important. (For more info on what to look for when buying used diapers, click here.) If you look at the price, you will see ppd next to it which means postage paid. That means you are just paying the price listed with no additional tax, fees or shipping. This is how most people list their items on Diaper Swappers.
Above the seller’s profile, you will see a button to Post Reply. This is where you respond to the thread. Keep in mind that this is a public response for everyone to see. In order to see the seller’s response, you will have to check the thread again later or you can subscribe to the thread, and have a notification sent to your email every time someone posts a reply to the thread.
Here is what a reply looks like, and it can be found directly below the original thread post. All replies are numbered in sequence.
This interested buyer replied “PM’d you” which means she sent the seller a Private Message. They will now communicate back and forth through private messaging, which works very similar to email, only it’s done on your Diaper Swappers user page. You can also set up your profile to notify you by email whenever you receive a Private Message. In order to send a Private Message, you must have posted at least five times. Not necessarily start a thread, just posting replies counts as well. I did this by going up to the discussion forums and chiming in on a few topics.
In order to send this seller a Private Message, I would simply click on her username for a drop down menu.
One last thing, in order to buy or sell on Diaper Swappers, you will need to set up a PayPal account to make and receive payments. PayPal is very user-friendly, safe and best of all…free! Here is a great tutorial to show you how to use PayPal.
I hope this has helped you to learn the basics so you can start shopping. For more detailed information and tips on using Diaper Swappers, click here.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email!