A recent discussion in my local cloth diapering group led me to discover Etsy shops that are reselling Alva and other China-made diapers.
So why is it poor business practice to list imported diapers on Etsy?
People shopping on Etsy go there to find handcrafted items, be they diapers, home decor items, jewelry or gorgeous custom clothing. Listing imported diapers as “handmade” is false advertising. Sure, a hand, somewhere, had a role in creating these diapers, but this is no comparison to the myriad WAHM-made diapers that are legitimately listed for sale on Etsy.
Many shops on Etsy do not disclose that their diapers are actually just imports. I am currently messaging back and forth with a couple of shops whose diapers look identical to Alva diapers and whose descriptions imply their diapers are handmade. The shop owners are playing innocent, and I am reluctant to accuse them without proper proof.
However, “Baby Brighter” leaves no doubt:
So why am I getting my pocket diapers all up in a twist about this?
Because bargain-basement-priced China Cheapies offered on Etsy may:
1) Be mistakenly taken for WAHM-made diapers by unknowing consumers;
2) Take business away from legitimate WAHM shop owners with justifiably higher prices. No WAHM sewing in her basement can afford to sell cloth diapers at $10/piece. It costs more in materials alone to make a quality diaper.
People who would like to resell imported diapers can do so in many other forums, but Etsy is specifically for handcrafted items, and I really urge you to avoid encouraging businesses that do not respect this fundamental rule.