A new baby in the family is a joyful event. Expectant parents want to be prepared for the new arrival and often expectant grandparents also want in on the preparation action too. Getting it all together in anticipation for the new baby can be a lot of fun and yet the shopping can also become a laborious task.
New-borns are usually on the receiving end of new clothes and toys from their parents, extended family and friends of the family, but the expensive items can seem a little out of reach. There are many reasons why a family may choose to purchase a second-hand pram. It is possibly to parenthood the expense that buying a car is to a young family. The decision to acquire a second-hand pushchair might be a secondary purchase for practical reasons such as equipping a carer to look after the baby away from the home.
Once the decision has been made to buy a second-hand pushchair there are a few points to take into consideration.
1. Reputable dealers:
When buying online you cannot see or handle the product first. Make sure that who you’re buying from is reputable and established. Most reputable online merchants will have their address visible on their website. If you can’t see it, don’t assume that it’s not there but rather run a Google search on the actual retailer. The search should turn up with reviews and some feedback as well as where they are located. Consistent addresses on Google search will assure you they are a legitimate operation.
If you are interested in purchasing the pram from a private seller on a website like eBay, check that the photo’s look authentic and not taken from Google. You can also check their feedback rating so that you know they are reliable.
2. Consumer rights:
You will have consumer rights when buying online, regardless of the terms and conditions laid out by the retailer. There are legal cooling off periods and the right to return the goods for a refund within seven days, leading up to thirty days depending on the mode of delivery and the location of the retailer. You will need to check the terms and conditions of the retailer to establish who is responsible for paying for the return of the pushchair. When buying from an individual these rights may be difficult to enforce.
3. Research the make and model:
Even trading standards and eBay have a list of the ten most popular second-hand models. The more popular the model, the closer it will sell to its price when new. Have a look at the demo model of the same pushchair in a store if it has not yet been discontinued. Popular models are popular for a reason. They are usually robust and last longer. Spares and repairs will be easy to arrange and the manufacturers are reputable too.
Recalls on the product will be listed with trading standards and on the manufacturers site. Check for these. Recalls don’t mean don’t buy it. Check what it was for. A basket replacement is OK. Sudden collapse is not. Look for online reviews of the model, they are usually very telling.
4. The price:
Even when buying that second-hand item, having considered the condition of the pushchair and its affordability in relation to the price when new, remember that it will have some wear and tear. If there are no images available online, don’t buy it blind. Even though images can be misleading, no images at all are a red flag for sure.
Does the second-hand seller offer a guarantee. This is unlikely to happen if you buy from a private seller on an auction or online classifieds site. Where you buy the product from is going to determine how easily you will be able to follow up on your purchase if something goes wrong.
6. Taking delivery:
Always check the item once it is delivered. If you wait several days and then make a damaged in transit claim, it won’t hold water. You are less likely to be held responsible for damage to the item if you call up a few hours after the delivery has taken place. Damage happens. This is one of your biggest baby investments. Check it.
Check the whole pushchair. Assemble it and push it around to see how it feels. Examine the moving parts so that you confident it works as it should.
Your baby’s safety must come first and if you are unsure about something contact the retailer.
Buying a pushchair is an investment in your child’s safety as well as the practical convenience it offers. Rather than buying the cheapest available second hand pram or pushchair, look for a quality robust make that despite some previous use is likely to last you a few years.