I have always been skeptical of ShopDiaper.com. The whole page just seems sketchy, and I’ve talked to other Mama bloggers who have dealt with them and heard about problems with spamming and overall poor communication. To boot, their diapers are pretty sh*tty.
Having never had a transaction with ShopDiaper.com before, I didn’t feel like I could truly speak to their (supposedly shoddy) business practices, until I noticed them displaying the PTPA Seal of Approval on the bottom right hand corner of their page.
I, like many parents, trust the PTPA seal, and I trust companies and products that bear this award. Funky Fluff, gDiapers and GroVia are examples of cloth diaper brands I love and who are PTPA certified. The diapers sold by ShopDiapers.com might suit many people just fine, they’re definitely affordable. However, I really caution against supporting a company that uses such blatantly false advertising to gain parents’ trust.
They also display the OE Standards Logo (to the right of the PTPA seal). This is a certification for the textile industry: “OE 100 tracks the purchase, handling, and use of 100 percent certified organic cotton fiber in yarns, fabrics and finished goods through the use of transaction certificates.” Let’s just say that I am not convinced that ShopDiaper.com diapers meet these specifications.
ShopDiaper.com is nowhere to be found in the PTPA Catalogue, and I also received confirmation from Janine at PTPA that ShopDiapers.com “has not earned our award.” (Email communication, Feb 4, 2014). If you are ever wondering if a product or service is truly PTPA certified, look for the product in their catalogue.
UPDATE: Janine at PTPA tells me: “We appreciate that you brought this to our attention! We have contacted ShopDiaper.com and have requested the removal of our PTPA Seal of Approval. Thank you!” (Feb 5, 2014)
I hope that ShopDiaper.com will remove the PTPA seal… and while they’re at it, do something about this:
UPDATE! Feb. 18, 2014…. the PTPA Seal is GONE! (As is the OE Standards Logo) Yay!
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