our buying philosophy
quality over quantity
Babies and children don't need a lot. We like to buy items that will last, grow with your child, can be passed down to subsequent children, or on-sold or donated knowing that they are still intact and safe to use.
Your time is extremely valuable - any time spent shopping in brick and mortar stores is time that could be spent having fun and interacting with your children. Shopping online solves this problem - the internet is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can shop when your baby is napping or your children have gone to bed for the night. Plus, shopping online means that the world is at your doorstep - not just the department stores that are down the road.
We love to shop, and the experiencing of shopping for your children should be a fun one - from placing the order, to the excitement of the courier turning up on your doorstep, to opening the parcel, playing with the box and enjoying your purchases!
shopping on a budget?
Having children often means going from two incomes to one, and having to budget out costs more than you've had to in the past. Here are our tips for buying quality goods while on a budget.
plan your purchases
Plan out what you'll need - if you're on a budget, the last thing you want to be doing is spending money on items you'll never use. If you're pregnant and not sure what you'll need, have a look at our new baby checklist
create wishlists and gift registers
A lot of online stores will have the functionality for you to be able to create wishlists or gift registers. Don't be afraid to use these so that when people ask what you want or need, you can point them in the right direction. Wishlists and gift registers are great because you can add items of varying prices to them, so people can easily select something within their budget. People will buy gifts for your baby/children, and it's easier for both parties if you guide them and you end up with something you need and they see you using or your children enjoying.
This is one of our buying philosophies, but has to be restated here. You will find some amazing sales and deals online - like the ones advertised on our sales & deals page
buy sales items for the year ahead
End of season and annual sales are a great time to pick up a bargain. It means planning ahead a little - for instance, buying clothes at the end of winter for your child for next winter, or buying toys in the January sales for next Christmas, but the savings are often well worth it!
take a shopping holiday from time to time
We love buying New Zealand made and supporting New Zealand based companies whenever possible. However, because some other countries are a lot bigger than New Zealand, they are subject to a lot more competition and often have to discount their products accordingly to attract customers. We love shopping on Australian websites because they often have extra discounts for overseas shoppers and most of the time, delivery costs are reasonable (in some instances, less than we'd pay in New Zealand!). The other side of the world has it's charms too - as well as being able to find brands you wouldn't find as easily in New Zealand, you can shop their end of season clearance sales for our current season! Sometimes customs duty will apply to purchases made online - click here
to see the current information from Customs New Zealand.
Set up a system to email around your coffee group or other parents you know when you see a good deal on. A lot of online stores offer free delivery if you purchase over a certain dollar value of goods, and if not, you can share the delivery costs to reduce the overall cost to each person. Also, you will often find a lot of '2 for' deals on the internet - purchase together and split the cost to both enjoy the savings.
high price doesn't always mean high quality
There are certain things you will need to buy, where it doesn't matter if you spend $5 or $500, the quality is going to be the same, or are used for a purpose that doesn't warrant high levels of expenditure. Anything that no matter how well you look after it isn't likely to have a decent resell value or is guaranteed to be a throw away item. Be cheap, buy the $5 version, not the $500 version.
hire short life items
We're not fans of plastic mass produced toys, they often get thrown into a corner pretty quickly, and then into our landfill not long after. Save yourself some money and hire them from your local toy library instead. The same goes for anything that you need that won't last long and can't be onsold easily (capsule carseats are a good example here).
recuperate your costs
On-selling quality is easy. Just do a search on any of the online secondhand/trade sites and you will soon see top brands selling at high prices, because they retain their quality and are often just like new, despite being secondhand. To be able to recuperate as much of the initial purchase price as possible, you will need to take good care of your belongings - with clothes for instance, follow the wash instructions, iron them inside out before taking photos for on-sell and take photos in the best possible light. Make sure your furniture, toys and other items are cleaned thoroughly before on-selling.