Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

My do you have to pay so much for a basic necessity... safety.

Why do they charge so much for them? Why do they make people pay $600+ for a safer seat?

If everyone should learn how to swim... why are the cheapest group lessons I can find $90 for 4 weeks $120 for 6?

Why does it cost $80-$100 to become CPR certified?

Why is it not more cost effective to be safe? Is it because they know people will pay it or is it really necessary for it to cost that much.

Answer Question
 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 7:30 PM on Jun. 15, 2013 in General Parenting

Answers (15)
  • My guess with stuff like car seats is because the expensive ones have cost a lot of money to research, design, extensively test, and patent.
    JulieJacobKyle

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 7:32 PM on Jun. 15, 2013

  • BTW they do come down in price a bit. The Britax Frontier 85 is now around $195 (Amazon), and they were $250 when I bought ours.
    Another thing is that they last a LONG time. From the time your kid is front facing, they are the last seat you will have to buy, so it is cheaper than buying a couple of different seats.
    JulieJacobKyle

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 7:34 PM on Jun. 15, 2013

  • Should everyone not be entitled to the same amount of safety? Is it fair that the children of rich people are kept more safe than the children of poor people?
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 7:34 PM on Jun. 15, 2013

  • And it's not just car seats. It's everything. If it is safer- it is twice as much to buy.
    Anonymous

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 7:35 PM on Jun. 15, 2013

  • why are you paying for swimming lessons?

    and our 3 in 1 carseat will last until we decide its time to take the kid out of it - we were able to hit toys r us during a trade in and got a huge discount but i think it was only about $150 originally
    feralxat

    Answer by feralxat at 7:36 PM on Jun. 15, 2013

  • In addition to jjk's comment, they also are liable when something doesn't work as expected so they have to factor in the cost of litigation.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 7:36 PM on Jun. 15, 2013

  • There are basic safety requirements. Yes, the more expensive ones exceed those standards. The cheap seats by law do have to meet safety standards though.
    And you could save $1.50 a week and have more than enough to buy a better seat by the time you need it.
    JulieJacobKyle

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 7:37 PM on Jun. 15, 2013

  • rich?
    who the hell is rich?
    its called budgeting
    when you discover your pregnant you have at least 8 months to begin saving a dollar here and there to purchase a carseat that is going to last
    mine is a rear facing, forward facing, highback booster and booster. So the damn thing cost about $37 for each stage of development. not expensive at all
    feralxat

    Answer by feralxat at 7:39 PM on Jun. 15, 2013

  • It's because the first time something goes wrong, the parents of the child whose seat failed will, rightfully or not, sue the manufacturer for as much money as possible.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 7:48 PM on Jun. 15, 2013

  • ya know...you dont have to have someone else teach you how to swim. find a public pool or lake and teach them yourself. its not hard, look up the strokes on the internet and teach your kids yourself.

    also, the ppl who teach CPR have you pay so that THEY can be paid for their services...ya know teaching is a job.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 7:56 PM on Jun. 15, 2013

Join CafeMom now to contribute your answer and become part of our community. It's free and takes just a minute.
close Join now to connect to
other members!
Connect with Facebook or Sign Up Using Email

Already Joined? LOG IN