Ever since Shop Diaper made their appearance nearly two years ago, there has been an unsettling trend: cloth diaper knock off sites are spreading like a disease. Cloth diaper knock off sites offer nothing beneficial to the cloth diaper community and offer plenty of harm, so with that in mind? I feel that comparing them to a disease is very, very accurate.
What Makes Cloth Diaper Knock Off Sites Appealing?
I can easily see why these cloth diaper knock off sites pop up. China does not have the same copyright or patent laws that we have in North America and in Europe, so they don’t have any legal issues in their own countries with making knock offs. And because they can make their product so very cheap with substandard materials and shoddy labor conditions, it’s easy for them to offer merchandise that looks the same at first glance at a fraction of the cost.
For parents who are looking to cloth diaper without breaking the budget (and often without education on the implications of shopping with cloth diaper knock off sites), the opportunity to buy a diaper for $9.95 when it looks the same as a diaper that sells for $20 seems like it’s just too good to pass up.
How Do Cloth Diaper Knock Off Sites Hurt?
Cloth diaper knock off sites hurt any legitimate business and they’ll hurt the customers, too.
Cloth Diaper Knock Off Sites Hurt Manufacturers
It’s hard to design a great product. It’s hard to get financial backing to actually make that great product. It’s why cloth diaper businesses often start in someone’s living room and gradually grow. (Ella Bella Bum is my favorite manufacturer to use as an example in this regard. The company started as a single person doing everything, then grew to a small team working in her basement, and is currently up to a full-blown commercial space for production… all while maintaining that same level of service and owner interaction that she had when it was just her working alone.)
When legitimate cloth diaper manufacturers do the leg work of designing that perfect diaper and finding the right materials and manufacturing… cloth diaper knock off sites hurt them by stealing their work and producing a substandard product.
Cloth Diaper Knock Off Sites Hurt Small Cloth Diaper Boutiques
Cozy Bums is a big name in Canada… but, really, it’s run out of the store owner’s basement. It’s run by the owner with some help from her mom, and a little bit of social media stuff by someone else. Kelly’s Closet has less than ten employees, and that’s one of the biggest names for buying cloth diapers in the US. When people buy imitation products, it’s hurting legitimate businesses that create jobs for actual, real people.
Cloth Diaper Knock Off Sites Hurt Families Like Yours
People are often looking for a cost effective way to buy cloth diapers. When buying from cloth diaper knock off sites, you’re running some risks. Some cloth diaper knock off sites have been known to provide horrendous service. Wrong things or missing things are sent. You may encounter rapid failure rate. If Customs searches your package, you may not get it at all, as these items are knock offs that do not meet federal standards. Customs can and will seize packages of that nature if they catch it.
Then, of course, there’s the support. When you buy from a small cloth diaper boutique, you’re also buying their product knowledge and their warranty. Cloth diaper boutiques are usually owned by moms (or moms and dads as partners) who have cloth diapered and knows their product. They are able to give you advice or walk you through how to handle a warranty claim if your compliant diaper fails for whatever reason.
It’s quite possible that shopping from cloth diaper knock off sites will cost you more in the long run: diapers that need to be replaced, diapers that aren’t working, etc.
Some Cloth Diaper Knock Off Sites
I will not directly link to any cloth diaper knock off sites, and I ban them from advertising in my Google Ads. That being said, some of my blogger friends and I have written about various cloth diaper knock off sites. I’ll link you to those so that you can check up on individual sites without visiting them.
Have you ever bought diapers from cloth diaper knock off sites? What was your experience like?