New parents quickly realize that with a new baby brings with it a whole slew of accessories from diapers to baby rails to car seats. With safety concerns being raised on a fairly regular basis on various items, we are deterred from sifting through garage sales to get bargains. Fighting my way through the horde during sale day isn’t my cup of tea either. I would rather sit in the comfort of my own home and click a buy button. =)
Thanks to Springwise.com, I discovered a wonderful site which focuses on new & expecting parents – helping them enjoy the benefits consumers can enjoy when they team up and buy baby & children’s goods as a crowd.
CrowdSprout lets groups of consumers interested in purchasing the same item band together to get a better price.
Product categories on the site include car seats, carriers, diaper bags, furniture, high chairs and strollers; for each product included, the merchant lists a reduced price, the minimum number of buyers needed and a deadline. Consumers then spread the word about their planned purchase, with the goal of increasing that group’s size. Once enough buyers have joined the group, they then make their (reduced) payment through CrowdSprout and receive the item they wanted. If, on the other hand, the minimum number of buyers is not achieved in time, no one pays and the group disbands. Not bad, not bad at all!
Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep