What to do with all that stuff Junior has outgrown? New website wants to help
As long as there have been babies, parents have faced the same problem. What do you do with all the stuff you bought or got as gifts after Junior outgrows it?
A newborn website aims to help moms and dads make some extra cash by off-loading those no longer needed pj's and toys while providing some bargains for parents who don't mind purchasing hand-me-downs.
Launched last week, StorkBrokers.com is one of a growing number of online marketplaces exclusively for used baby and kids gear.
Unlike eBay or craigslist, you won't find handbags and lawn mowers on StorkBrokers. But you will find second-hand items like a Go, Diego, Go! Power Wheels Jeep for $40 or a Baby Gap hooded jacket for $15, big discounts off their list prices.
The site also provides a forum for moms and dads to chat online.
"StorkBrokers specifically caters to parents," said Sterling Hawkins, the website's co-founder and a dad of two. "The products are parent-focused. The content is parent-focused. This helps us to ensure that we are getting the right type of traffic and that the users on our site get what they came for."
The fee to sell a product on StorkBrokers is a straight 6% commission. In contrast, eBay has a complicated set of charges, including an insertion fee on top of a sliding scale of commissions from 8% to 15%.
Other parent-centered sites such as ThredUp, HandMeDowns and SwapBabyGoods, are also trying to push their way into the market once ruled by garage or stoop sales and consignment shops.
But some items should not have a second life, she warned.
"There are some things you should not buy used, including car seats and cribs. The safety standards on these items change frequently," Gordon said. "These sites can help you save money, but be careful about what you are buying."