Trading Cradles is a new resource for saving money on everything we all need for raising children — from used strollers and cribs to gently used clothes and toys. I have been all through the site and while I haven’t personally sold any items through there, yet, it is stated several times throughout the site that posting ads are free. I LOVE that concept! This is a great way to promote your used baby items to a specifically targeted audience, without incurring all the fees of internet auction sites. It reminds me of Craigslist for children’s items.
Trading Cradles has specific guidelines for what can be listed and how long the ads can be. For instance, you cannot list an item for sale that is listed on the National Recall List. They do state that buyers and sellers will have to do their own research and make sure that the item is safe, since they are not able to see each item being sold and verify it’s safety, personally. They DO have a Parental Team that reviews each ad that has been submitted and either approves or rejects it for publication. For sale ads can currently remain posted for 15 days and be up to 250 characters in length.
Ads provide basic information for potential buyers and a “masked” email address for sellers that potential buyers can use to make the first contact and inquire for more information — again, a lot like Craiglist. Buyer and seller negotiate their terms and complete the transaction. It is recommended that you make purchases in your local area and as a seller, accept only cash. As in my case, there is not always a local listing area available, so, you may be able to negotiate a shipping transaction with a seller from another area, if you can agree on shipping and payment terms. Currently, Trading Cradles has 53 major city locations around the country. You can find a list of all of them on their website and select the one nearest you to see what items have been listed. There aren’t any in Nebraska, yet, but I think that will probably come over time, as the website grows and becomes more known.
I’m always in favor of new frugal options that allow us to buy quality, used items at prices far less than retail. I also really like the idea of being able to place free ads that are for a specifically targeted audience. The premise behind Trading Cradles is a great one and I hope you will check them out, spread the word and help them to grow while you save money and positively impact your family’s budget!
This is an unpaid, non-sponsored review. The views and opinions expressed are wholly my own. By writing it I have been entered in a drawing for a gift certificate from Mom Spark Media and Trading Cradles.