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About buying China cheapies

chinanappiesIn my previous post on stashing up on a low budget, I mentioned seeking out deals and bargains through Google/online searches as a good way to score some great nappy bargains. Chances are you would have stumbled across really cheap deals such as on eBay for China-made re-labelled nappies, or sometimes called ‘China cheapies’.

These nappies are manufactured in China and distributed to various resellers and retailers around the world who re-label them under their own brand name. There are no set guidelines on pricing, so prices can vary quite widely between different resellers. However prices across the board are generally much cheaper compared to most mainstream commercial or WAHM brands.

I myself have been tempted a couple times to click the ‘add to cart’ button for one of those cheapies. The prices seemed so attractive for an endless array of colours and design options to choose from. Somehow something always held me back – perhaps an inner radar for anything that was just ‘too good to be true’.

However I personally do not think these sort of nappies are actually bad in themselves. They get their share of both good and bad reviews, so clearly they work for some folks but not for others. I think it’s a case of managing your expectations based on what you pay for. As these nappies are imported and sold by various retailers/sellers at different prices, make sure you are paying a fair price for these nappies wherever you are getting them from.

Here are my own tips to add on buying China cheapies:

Pictures

Look carefully at pictures of the nappies being sold and compare them with images from China manufacturers or eBay retailers to determine if they might be China imports

Reviews

Search for reviews on the relabelled ‘brands’ of these nappies to see what others are saying

Pricing

If you suspect that the nappies you are looking at might be re-branded China imports, evaluate the pricing and decide if it’s a fair price for you

 

A ‘fair price’ to you might mean being able to get faster and more secure shipping via a local reseller or perhaps simply being able to bulk up your stash with low-budget general workhorse nappies – bearing in mind that ‘you get what you pay for’.

Three major China manufacturers you can look out for are:

1. Alvababy

2. Sunbaby

3. Kawaii Baby

So in summary on buying China cheapies:

1. Do your research

2. Ensure you are getting a fair price

3. Manage your expectations

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  1. My concern is this: who makes these and what are the conditions for the workers? Do they get paid a fair price? At $4 a pop it is almost certain that families are suffering due to the dodgy conditions. These families probably have parents (and children too) who work extremely long hours for very little pay just to scrape by. Do you want that on your conscience? It may be an eco choice but is it an ethical one?

  2. Thank-you for the article.

    All of my stash are what you refer to as CC’s, and I haven’t have any issues with them, I have babyland, papoose and Alva, although I much prefer Alva (and their rebranded versions), the quality is far superior.

    In considering buying Aussie owned MCN’s do your research, apart from WAHM’s, the big mass production companies (Itti Bitti, BumCheeks etc) may have started out as WAHM’s but the vast majority are now produced offshore in China, most likely in the same factories as the CC’s you refered to, as these factories will manufacture to your requirements and patterns for certain minimum orders.

    Just putting it out there 🙂

  3. I use cc’s as night nappies (double inserts) and they are great. Not sure what brand I have but I managed to find minky ones. I also use them if my dd is wearing a suit or pants where her nappy wont be seen. LOVING this blog! Only just found it when a facebook friend posted the link to cloth shot a day.

  4. I recently bought some cheapies off ebay (my little ripple) – for about $4 each including shipping, I figured that even if they were duds, it wasn’t going to be a big deal (considering my monthly nappy budget on disposables). My little miss is a heavy wetter, so I do need to use two inserts, but I’m totally happy with these nappies. I’m going back for some more when I have the cash.

    As a single income family, its easier for me to justify buying these cheapies than the expensive name brand ones. We just wouldn’t be able to afford it, and now that little miss is wiggling everywhere, getting traditional flat nappies on her can be REALLY difficult. 🙂

    I have found I also get an added hour between changes if I use two inserts as compared to the old school flats, so that is an added bonus 🙂

    SO I’m all for the cheapies. Maybe they are not as cute as the expensive ones, and they don’t give you that feel good ‘supporting local business’ satisfaction, but as at least I don’t need to buy disposables every other week 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment Stefanie! Great to get real feedback from someone who’s actually used these. $4 a pop is a great bargain and I would share a similar line of thinking as you if I was in your situation.

      It’s nice to have some cuties in the stash, but everyone needs some basic workhorse staples to keep things chugging along throughout the day/week… not everyone uses flats/prefolds, so CCs could be another alternative option for some folks.

  5. Hi there. Thanks for your article re. China Cheapies! I have some Alvababy nappies and love them. They are good for daytime and nighttime, and come in some funky designs. They well and truly stand up there with some of the more expensive nappies on the market. However, I have also tried a few other brands of CCs also, and found them to be good for nothing other than as a swim nappy. You are definitely right in my opinion on all of the points you make about choosing them. 🙂

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts on that, Naurelle!

      Also appreciate the feedback on Alvababy – I’ll definitely keep your feedback in mind the next time I shop. In fact I actually like the look of their wet/dry bags very much and have been considering getting them.

    • I am considering buying bulk jumjums cloth nappies mum found at a market and can be found on facebook. they look very similar to your picture and was wandering if yourself or anyone else has used them and if they are any good. thanks

      • Hi Kelly. I haven’t used jumjums before, but I jumped on to their page to check it out. Some of the prints of the nappies do look quite similar to ones I’ve seen on Ebay and other reseller websites. And the price does suggest that they would be relabelled imports.

        The biggest clue I found was their wet bags which look almost exactly the same as the Alvababy ones. So I suspect their stock would definitely include or consist of Alvababys.

        According to Naurelle’s comment, Alvababy’s stuff is not too bad.

        The only consideration would be the price. JumJums is selling their nappies and wetbags for AUD10 each, compared to Alvababy’s site selling them for AUD5-6 each. However you do also need to consider shipping costs and time… just deciding what trade-off you are comfortable with.

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