Babies”R”Us 25% off Trade-In Event: Tread Lightly

Posted on: January 31, 2010

Dear Readers,

I was going to stay relatively impartial and let this one go – but then I realized there were probably hundreds of gear blogs out there *celebrating* the Babies “R” Us “Great Trade In,” so perhaps it was worth contributing some cautionary words in the interest of the planet.

I love a 25% off sale just like anyone else.  I especially love free-cycling sales where you can bring in a broken kitchen appliance for a discount off a new one.  But for every busted blender there is inevitably a perfectly serviceable stand mixer in “last year’s color,” or a yogurt machine that “just prefers ice cream.”

Babies “R” Us (if that’s your real name, megastore with strategically placed quotation marks…) provides a decent write-up on their intentions – – calling particular attention to items that have had recalls, or with safety improvements in newer models.  This is good!  This is smart.  But they don’t say what happens to the products once you trade them in.

Are trade-ins triaged for possible donation?  If so, where do they go?  What about sending them to Haiti*?  I couldn’t find any mention of “what’s next” for the items in their web site’s three-point FAQ, which leads me to fear the worst.

[deep breath]

But what kind of blourgalist would I be if I left these questions unanswered?  Tomorrow, I’m sending some emails…making some phone calls.  In the meantime, hang on to your used stuff…consign it if need be (take that $20-$30 cash money which is already a 25% equivalent of most baby items), and STAY TUNED.  I may not get any answers, but I’m going to give it a try.

Yours Truly,

Mama Gaga

*NOTE:  Toys R Us (BRU’s parent co) did make a very generous $150,000 donation to Save The Children in response to the disaster in Haiti.  This is of course commendable and needed.  What we’re asking in this post (and others) is what happens to the stuff, which we hope will be donated rather than destroyed (where possible).

Update 1/31:  Am attempting to contact both external relations for BRU and marketing contacts I can access through LinkedIn.  Making an honest effort to track down info on end-of-life, existing BRU Haiti connections, and opportunities to donate gear through other organizations in lieu of BRU.  Post any leads or email me at talktogaga (at) gmail (dot) com.


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