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Gear Trade-In? Thanks But No Thanks

By Amy Kuras |

jardine-cribWhen I saw the press release about Babies R Us’ Great Trade-In Event, my first reaction was “What-EV-ERRR.” My impression had been that they were trying to get people to turn in recalled products for a measly, paltry 20 percent off a new purchase.

As I have written before, my kids slept/are sleeping in a recalled Jardine crib we purchased at Babies R Us. The process to replace it under the recall is as follows: Apply fort the recall kit, dismantle the crib, send in some piece of it that is essential to the assembly and use of the crib, and wait three weeks (during which time my baby is to check into a hotel or something, I guess) for a voucher which I can then bring to BRU for a replacement crib.

It’s that three-week wait that kills me. My kid sleeps horribly in our portable play yard, we’re not into co-sleeping (or we wouldn’t actually OWN a crib) and anyone we know who might have a crib is either using it or hopes to be soon. We can’t be the only people who don’t have a spare, right? So I keep checking the slats that are the source of the recall and hoping for the best while my son is using it for another year or so.

But that still leaves us with a crib we can’t pass on or sell, even if it doesn’t hurt our baby. It’s so irritating to me that this recall’s been handled so poorly, and really, 20 percent off, BRU? For our trouble? Really?

But, as it turns out, it’s any used crib, car seat, travel system, stroller and so on (basically any of the “big” baby gear) that qualifies for the percentage off a new version of the same item.

I am also wondering what’s going to happen to all this stuff. Will it get refurbished and donated to people in need, maybe, or just landfilled?

While I am sure BRU’s goal here is to get people to buy a second stroller they don’t actually need, I think it could help some people who maybe have kids spaced far enough apart that there has been a jump in the quality of baby gear in the interim. If this is you, the promotion ends Sept.20.

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0 thoughts on “Gear Trade-In? Thanks But No Thanks

  1. Mistress_Scorpio says:

    Yeah, but you’re limited to that 20% ONLY being applied to purchases of the following brands: *Participating brands are: Babi Italia, Baby Caché, Baby Trend, Bertini, Britax, Chicco, Contours by Kolcraft, Cosco, Delta, Eddie Bauer, Evenflo, Graco, Jeep, Natures Purest by Summer Infant, Safety 1st, and Sorelle.

  2. Angela says:

    I was able to trade in an umbrella stroller that I got for free at BRU several years ago and got almost $40 off of a new Graco Nautilus for our 3 1/2 year old. Not such a bad deal. I plan on doing it to by two more new seats for her as well. Just don’t trade it products that are worth more to you than the discount you will be getting and it is a good deal.

  3. snarky mama says:

    Also, car seats and other plastics often carry expiration dates. (Yeah, I know. Turns out the plastics get fragile.) So, I am turning in my car seat which expires in Dec. and getting 20% off a new car seat which I would have had to buy anyway. (FYI: Most car seats expire after 5 years, and the expiration date is usually imprinted somewhere on the plastic.)

  4. virginia says:

    Comments Are you nuts??? You are going to hope your baby is safe for another year? The recall has nothing to do with the BRU great trade-in event. To get your voucher all you do is go to the Jardine web site take a picture of the model # and ma. date. Jardine emails you a shipping label. Mail it in and within 3 days I had a voucher for $219.00 toward a crib at BRU.Seems very minor for the safety of your child.

  5. Amy Kuras says:

    Thanks for the kindly comment, Virginia. That’s good to know, though, that they’ve streamlined the process considerably. I’ll go check it out.

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