I knew this blog post was going to be dangerous. Two hours and $200 later, I’m finally done my ‘research’.
Let me give you some background. I’m expecting my second child, and I’ve got some gaps to fill in items we’ll need. I love to shop online. And I love nothing more than to find great quality baby products at really cheap prices.
3 websites with fantastic baby bargains
The following 3 websites have become super popular among both moms shopping for bargains online and baby product retailers who are looking to gain new customers. All 3 sites let baby retailers offer a selection of their products at deep discounts. It’s the perfect way for mom shoppers to try new brands or snag a deal on an item they needed anyway.
A members-only site offering merchandise for babies, kids and mommies (and recently daddies) at up to 90% off retail prices. You need to sign in to see what’s available (you can’t just browse the site for deals unless you join though it’s free and simple to sign up), and you’ll receive a daily email highlighting the brands available.
My first time ordering from Zulily, I hestitated at the $7.95 shipping price. On a $30 order, that’s more than 1/4 of the cost of the merchandise. However, I bit the bullet since I had saved more than 50% on the items I ordered, and I really wanted them.
Inventory is limited and items often sell out. In fact, I’ve had items in my shopping cart become unavailable as I was starting to buy them. If you really want something, act fast.
Another shocker, it took several weeks for the items to arrive. I believe the goods are shipped from the retailers themselves, so there’s a bit of time lag for the order to be processed and passed to the retailer and finally shipped.
As a bonus, you can invite friends and get $15 when they buy something.
In contrast to Zulily, which has a ton of merchandise to browse at any given time, MamaBargains.com offers one product at a time, only adding a new deal when the previous one sells out. Discounts are 40-80% off retail value on products for parents and children ages birth to 10. Most days you will see anywhere between 2-10 deals during the entire 24 hour period of time. (You may need to hit refresh to see stock dwindling and new deals show up.)
On my first visit, I bought a beautiful bassinet (marked down to $75 from $425), and shipping was around $20. Not bad for furniture, but word is that you can expect to pay around $10 for shipping for even a 2 or 3 lb. package.
MamaBargains.com also runs a section called Playground where you can resell any items that didn’t work out for you (and you can buy deals you may have missed.)
BabySteals.com sells one baby or maternity product every day at up to 80% off until it sells out. They introduce the deal each day at 9am MDT and another at 9pm MDT until they’re gone. You can sign up for their Daily Steal Email Alert to see what the product is.
Orders are generally shipped within one business day and arrive in 2-5 business days, depending on which shipping method you choose.
The same brand also runs KidSteals.com, which features one deal a day at 50%-80% off at 9am MDT.
No returns or exchanges
Common across all 3 sites, you buy it, you’re stuck with it. This style of shopping is not for the undecided or faint of heart.
Be careful, it’s easy to overspend on impulse buys
The baby clothes on Zulily are so sweet, they’re nearly irresistible. It’s so easy to buy something because it’s marked down even when you don’t really need it.
I’d suggest keeping a list of the things you need, and then watching for when those things pop up. Resist the urge to browse. It’s like going grocery shopping on an empty stomach.
In fact, I plan on unsubscribing from those tempting daily emails as soon as I have my list of baby necessities taken care of. Though no doubt I’ll end up with a few unplanned things for myself and maybe even some Christmas gifts taken care of early, too.