A few days ago I discussed some of what what I look for when I choose the slings/carriers for the library. I mentioned buying from a reputable source and here’s why.
You may notice that I often steer people towards lovely UK retailers who have supported the library. These are usually wahp (work at home parents) who are making a living from being a babywearing retailer. They have the same indepth knowledge of the carriers are I do, sometimes even more (as they are usually also consultants) and as they are based right here in the UK each pound you give them works very hard.
There’s very little profit in babywearing. In other retail circles a mark up of 50% is expected, in babywearing though it’s a much much lower number, most manufacturers and retailers have decided that quality of manufacture is the bottom line so the margin between cost price and retail price is generally very slim especially when you take into account running costs. So again, every pound you give them works hard.
Retailers will always support libraries as much as they can. They know that we work hard for little or no pay/reward so they will always offer discount to librarians for library stock where they can, pass on savings, create leaflets or just generally bouy us up, another good reason to give them your money!
Philanthropy aside though there are one other vital reason to be go to a reputable source for your sling/carrier purchase. When you buy from them you know you are getting exactly what you pay for. Many user led selling sites or market places are rife with fakes, knock off carriers or ones that just aren’t up to scratch.
How do you know you’re not getting a pretend or dodgy version? That can be hard to tell! There’s certain clues, for example if the price seems too good to be true then it probably is! But sometimes the fakes are so convincing that even a very experience babywearer or consultant can struggle to tell the difference, does this mean it’s safe? The jury is out on that one, my Provenance article talks about this more. And as per the article these trusted retailers will ask the questions I ask to make sure their products are safe fo the job they are intended to do.
In short there are a whole host of very excellent reasons why I recommend that when you’re shopping do so through a reputable retailer, I’ve added logos for just a few of them in this article (you can find more on Sling Pages here) but as always any questions just ask me!