The bumGenius Jules diaper has just flown off the shelves. People were so amazed (and maybe a bit disappointed) that when the bumGenius Audrey came out, people decided to buy it if they could get it, even if they weren’t sure they really liked it.
There’s also been a lot of hard feelings among those who don’t have a bumGenius Jules or Audrey. There’s been more than a tiny bit of anger at Cotton Babies for making such limited runs… and at the moms who are essentially flipping them for more than double the retail price.
I get it. It’s frustrating to have a diaper sell out insanely fast and to have retailers have to put limits so one person can’t buy an entire case of them to mark up. It’s frustrating to be in Canada since our Audrey diapers are just now starting to filter in.
However, there are some accusations hurled that really annoy me. The biggest ones include words like “greedy,” “selfish,” and “no conscience.”
Some people do have a “diaper vault” of new in package (NIP) diapers. Some stores do it. Some bloggers do it. There’s a difference between having one of a certain print that’s kept NIP and having 30. As for “greedy,” here’s what Merriam-Webster has to say.
: having or showing a selfish desire to have more of something (such as money or food) : having greed
: very eager to have something
Using the first definition, I’m not sure that it applies. However, if you use the second definition, every single person who is angry over the pricing of Jules is greedy because they are quite eager to have it. They just aren’t eager to pay current market value.
But when it comes to selfish…
: having or showing concern only for yourself and not for the needs or feelings of other people
Aren’t the moms who are personally maligning the character of those who mark up their bumGenius Jules for personal sale being selfish? After all, they are not having concern for the feelings of other people with the accusations.
And the lacking in a conscience thing…
: the part of the mind that makes you aware of your actions as being either morally right or wrong
: a feeling that something you have done is morally wrong
Well, now, that clearly indicates that one doesn’t have to be without a conscience to be comfortable with marking up diapers. Morality is a slippery thing. Everyone has their own sense of morality. Sure, there are the common social mores that are part of how our society functions. You know, the big things like “don’t kill people” or “don’t hurt kids.” But beyond that? Everyone has their own degree of what’s right and what’s wrong.
To be completely and utterly without conscience? Well, that’s getting a little closer to Merriam-Webster’s definition of a sociopath.
noun \ˈsō-sē-ə-ˌpath, ˈsō-sh(ē-)ə-\
: someone who behaves in a dangerous or violent way towards other people and does not feel guilty about such behavior
To suggest that someone is a sociopath because you don’t like the price of a bumGenius Jules diaper is a little harsh, don’t you think?
Here’s the thing: the bumGenius Jules (or any other cloth diaper, for that matter), is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it. If you’re not willing to pay $50 for the diaper (or sacrifice a kidney), then it’s clearly not worth that much to you. If you’re angry at the rarity of the diaper, then that’s something to take up with Cotton Babies. However, they did announce that it was limited, and when something is limited, it does tend to go up in price as soon as it is no longer widely available.
What impact does the angry person think that her accusations will have, anyway? Does she think that the reseller is going to think, “Hey, she’s right. I should lower my price on this sought after diaper so that some perfect stranger will think that I’m a nice person. After all, the bumGenius Jules is just a fancy poop catcher and the opinion of a perfect stranger is much more important than whatever I was going to do with the profit.”
I doubt it. Nor should she. If she decides to lower the price or triple it, then that’s up to her. Why is it any of our business what someone else does with her diapers? (I will state for the record that I would not pay $50 for a bumGenius Jules, and that’s because it just doesn’t mean that much to me.)
Would you pay $50 for a bumGenius Jules? What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a diaper?