Does this bother anyone else? I know there are absolutely tons of different consumer products manufactured in China to look like higher quality (usually) big brands, from Coach purses to Canada Goose coats to prescription drugs. I know there are plenty of consumers who want the “look” of a certain brand without the price tag, and actively seek out these knock-off items.
While knock-offs are something I avoid as a consumer, China-made diapers that copy designs from other manufacturers (and not just of diapers) really get my goat. (Almost as much as overseas retailers displaying fake credentials.) Why cloth diapers over other consumer products? Well, I guess because cloth diapers are often North American-made in ethical conditions, and the mark up on cloth diapers is much lower at all points along the supply chain, including the retailer. I’m quite confident that the price tag of a designer purse far eclipses the actual material and labour cost: designer purses aren’t intended to save families money nor to protect the environment, and they are not usually manufactured by companies who strive to keep consumer cost down.
If you are considering going the “knock-off” diaper route because it works in your budget, I recommend looking for second-hand diapers that might be just as affordable. I understand that many people love their Alvas and Sunbaby diapers, and since I’m not wearing made-in-Canada clothing as I type this on my (also not made-in-Canada) computer, I’m not about to tell you not to buy “China Cheapies” at the risk of my glass house crumbling around me!
I would, however, recommend giving this article about the reputable companies that manufacture big-brand cloth diapers and the impact knock-off diapers has on their bottom line.
How do you feel about knock off products?