Preparing for a new born baby is one of the most expensive things a person can do, especially at present when money is tight.
So how are people keeping on top of costs to ensure they don’t over spend? By choosing to purchase second hand goods, according to a survey undertaken by Preloved.
In a survey of 1,650 new parents or parents to be, Preloved found that a staggering 89% had purchased more than three items second hand for the impending birth.
67% of those stated that pushchairs/prams and cots have been their top purchases, with 23% explaining they had bought everything second hand.
73% found these items either online or using classified ads.
Interestingly, 43% of those surveyed had also sold their own items before the birth of their child to make some extra money and also much needed room.
Those surveyed seemed unwilling to spend huge amounts of money, with people being more conscious of prices since the economic down turn. Preloved has also noticed a huge increase in demand for second hand children’s items over the last three months, with enquiries having almost tripled when compared to the same period last year.
One couple surveyed had saved up £1,500, which they estimated would just about cover the cost of pushchair, cot, car seat, clothing, a month’s worth of nappies and feeding equipment. By buying the majority of it second hand, they managed to reduce this amount to only £575.
Ian Buzer, Managing Director of Preloved said “A couple of years ago, people seemed to enjoy the thrill of spending vast amounts of money during the first few months of their child’s life. However as babies are only in these items for a very small amount of time, people now seem to be catching on to the fact that you can get absolute bargains in mint condition if you opt to buy second hand. People no longer want to waste their hard earned money.
“This surge of demand is great for all our sellers on Preloved too, as they recoup their costs and clear some space by selling these items once they are no longer required.
“Preloved aims to bring people in contact with other mums in their local area to help share the cost of bringing up their children. By keeping it local we aim to provide a safer, more community feel than sites like eBay.”