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Don’t get me wrong, I love Amazon. I shop on Amazon several times a month, sometimes even several times a week, but I never buy cloth diapers there. I like to support the cloth diaper community by supporting cloth diaper shops and the moms and women who own them, but since some cloth diaper shops and brands also sell on Amazon, it’s even more than supporting small businesses. There is a bigger reason why I don’t buy cloth diapers on Amazon.
When it comes to cloth diapers, you can get more bang for your buck elsewhere. There is no denying that Amazon has amazing deals on almost everything. When I’m shopping I often check my Amazon app to see if it’s cheaper there and nine times out of ten, it is. But not cloth diapers. I’m not just talking about the sticker price of the diaper, either. Here, let me show you.
Since this post was written in 2016, many cloth diaper stores and brands have closed or started selling their own products exclusively. This has been an incredibly sad development for those of us who loved supporting smaller businesses.
Because of this, I have to change my stance on this post a little. Since there is no longer as much choice in the cloth diaper market as there once was, Amazon may now be your only choice for some brands. So now my stance is this: shop small cloth diaper stores when you can so they will be able to stay open and offer you the perks that Amazon can’t.
A lot of times, the sticker price is actually more on Amazon than a cloth diaper retailer like Diaper Junction, shown above. But that’s not all . . .
What about Amazon Prime free shipping?
Yes, Amazon Prime is an amazing thing. I love Amazon Prime, but there are plenty of cloth diaper retailers that either always have free shipping or low threshold shipping that is easy to meet with a small order. See my list of cloth diaper stores with free shipping to find out which ones ship for free.
Amazon doesn’t give you rewards and freebies.
Once you buy your more expensive cloth diapers on Amazon, they aren’t going to reward you for your purchase, but a cloth diaper retailer will. Most cloth diaper retailers have a rewards system where you earn points for every purchase and when you reach a certain amount, they will give you free money to shop with. Hello! Free diapers, y’all! You won’t get free diapers from Amazon, that’s for sure.
Speaking of free diapers, many cloth diaper stores give you freebies with a minimum purchase. This could be a sample of diaper cream all the way up to a free diaper. I also have a list of cloth diaper stores that offer freebies.
So while I have a lot of love for Amazon and Amazon Prime, you are better off buying your cloth diapers from a cloth diaper retailer. Some of my favorites are Diaper Junction, Nicki’s Diapers, Kelly’s Closet, Sweetbottoms Baby, and Dearest Diapers.