I am strollerless and carseatless. Woohoo!! We went through the whole of our cherry blossom visit this year with just boosters. And you’re correct to assume that we had to carry both the boys half the way home. I think they would have made it if the cold and fever meds hadn’t worn off and left them drooping like so much weeping cherry tree.
I’m thrilled that I recouped more than 50% of the original purchase price on both the strollers and 40% of the original purchase price of the car seats.
Kent was shocked at how much sweet mullah I made on them. And I was like, “That’s why I am so obsessive about keeping stuff nice.” I’ll admit, it might not always be worth the secondhand sale money, and maybe I just use that as a justification because I like to have nice things stay nice. And clean. And shiny.
This recent craigslisting reminded me of playing realtor selling my house. I was faultlessly nice, but pretty firm. I had the car seats listed for $210 for both. Mr. Someguy asked me the manufacture date, and I took a picture of the November 2011 sticker. Most car seats have a six year expiration date (which is preposterous, but that’s another post.).
Someguy: They are almost 5 years old. I would need to buy new covers for them at $45 a piece. Would you take $150 cash for both? I could meet you tomorrow.
Me: The car seats are 3 years and 5 months old. The covers are removable and machine washable, or new ones are available for purchase on the company website for $35. I have someone coming tomorrow to look at them, but if they don’t buy them I can offer them to you for $200. Thanks for your interest.
And then he countered again at $150. And then I sold them to someone else for $190. The annoying thing is not the lowball or the countering at the same lowball. The annoying things are the bad and/or disingenuous math and the misrepresentation of the price of new covers which is terrifically easy to verify. Boo.
Wait! I just realized that the ultimate annoying thing is the implication that my car seat covers were dirty. Those suckers were fresh out of the washer and SPOTLESSLY CLEAN, thank you very much.
Third lowball addendum! This morning:
Someguy: I’ll be in Tysons this morning. My offer for 150 for both is still open.
Me: Thanks, Someguy. I sold them last night for $190. I’ll take the ad down now.