eBay Deal or have we just blown our money?

The other day we managed to grab a “deal” on eBay for a Silver Cross Wayfarer travel system however, since winning, we’re now a little unsure if it will actually suit our lifestyle.

It wasn’t an impulse buy as such, we had tried and tested, as much as you can in a shop and at baby shows, a number of prams of which the Silver Cross Wayfarer was one of three that we thought would suit us best.

Silver Cross Wayfarer

Obviously we knew what our friends had and knew what they liked and disliked about their own prams. Most recommended the pram they had so that didn’t help narrow our search down a great deal, and on top of that, none are dog owners so don’t have footpaths to navigate on a daily basis.

We also took time to read a number of Silver Cross Wayfarer reviews which all seemed to indicate it would be an ideal choice for us, and a number of stores said that the pram would be fine on footpaths

Since winning the eBay auction, I can only conclude that Google have rejigged their SEO algorithms because now when we search for Silver Cross Wayfarer reviews, they seem to all be negative!

Our pram requirements

When compiling our travel system requirements, some of the most important factors were;

  • lightweight (not too concerned about it being compact)
  • 4 wheeler (prefer for stability)
  • easy to clean (because of footpath walking)
  • reasonably sized basket
  • well known and trustworthy brand
  • After playing with a number of different makes and models, we ruled out iCandy, Bugaboo, Cosatto and Quinny for a number of reasons. Some just didn’t feel right, others felt like they were more fashion accessories than functional machines and some were priced way beyond what we were happy paying for something that would be covered in poo and vom.

    eBay Auctions

    Our winning bid of £276 has bagged us an 8mth old Silver Cross Wayfarer pram in very good and clean condition. The usual few scratches and scuffs from daily use and a slight tear in the shopping basket which can be fixed very easily;

  • chassis with shopping basket
  • carry cot
  • reversible/reclining seat unit
  • simplicity car seat
  • simplicity car seat with adapters for pram
  • sky blue hood and apron
  • sky blue parasol
  • rain cover that fits carry cot and seat unit
  • drinks holder
  • Silver Cross Wayfarer Reviews

    Like anything on the internet, I always expect to read more negative than positive reviews on the internet as thats human nature. Somehow we all manage to find the time to complain and highlight the negatives, yet find ourselves too busy to do the same when it comes to compliments and positives.

    The differing opinions between how the Wayfarer is rated and the musings of jelly-like wobbles and breaking chasis on NetMums is a bit concerning and confirms that no matter how much research you do, you’ll never know if it fits your lifestyle until you try it.

  • 5/5 from The Dad Network
  • 5/5 from MadeForMums
  • 3/5 from MumsNet
  • 3/5 from Toys-R-Us
  • 72% from Which?
  • 4/5 from Feefo Independent Reviews
  • I think once we pick it up and take it for a spin, borrowing a friends little one, we may end up up sticking it back on eBay and start our search all over again 🙁

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    Magic Monitoring for eBay Baby Goods

    As previously mentioned, where possible we plan to make as much use of eBay as possible in attempt to lower the cost of major purchases such as pushchairs, cots, etc, and I think I’ve stumbled across a tool that may just prove useful.

    IFTTT.com (IF THIS THEN THAT) is an interactive website that allows you to create “recipes” that will result in certain functions being carried out when predetermined criteria is met, for example;
    IF THIS: today is 25th December
    THEN THAT: post a “Happy Christmas” Facebook status

    The outcome doesn’t have to be a Facebook status update, you can get IFTTT to tweet you, send you a text message, email a daily update etc. When combined with eBay feeds, you can start to see the possibilities…

    Linking it to eBay

    The idea behind IFTTT is simple yet genius and with a bit of thought and planning I’ve created a number of “recipes” that culminates in a daily email digest being sent to me with details of any new eBay auctions that would interest me.

    My “recipes” work in the exact same was as the example above, but focus on eBay search criteria and the output it a daily email summary;

    Recipe: Uppababy Vista
    IF THIS: a new eBay aution starts where the title includes “Uppababy Vista”
    THEN THAT: include details in a daily email summary

    Free IFTTT Recipes

    One of the best features of IFTTT is that it allows you to publish your “recipes” for others to use freely. I’ve therefore published the following, should anyone else also wish to monitor eBay for travel systems;

    Recipe: Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip

    Recipe: iCandy Peach

    Recipe: Britax Smile

    Recipe: Silver Cross Pioneer

    Recipe: Silver Cross Wayfarer

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    Feeling Babies First Kick

    Today we are 17 weeks and 2 days into our pregnancy and this morning J complained of an uncomfortable “fluttering” feeling. Straight away I said get ready for the first kick and bang on schedule, making me look like I knew what I was talking about, Pancake sure enough gave her first kick.

    17 weeks! I think it was a little bit freaky for J with it being our first, feeling something inside stretching, but reassuring at the same time. Sods law, I put my hand and waited for 20 minutes without a single feeling.

    Every magazine, book, pamphlet and website we’ve read thus far has said to expect the kicking from around week 20 (week 18 if its you’re second!) so it just goes to show that despite advances in technology and biology, when it comes to pregnancy, much is still unknown and advice should really be considered as guidance only.

    I guess we must have a dancer in there already practising her moves and grooves… or a footballer!

    Let the shopping begin

    Recently we’ve allowed ourselves to start accepting we’re pregnant and have been on eBay a fair bit monitoring prices of travel systems such as iCandy Peaches and Uppababy Vista. If you’re lucky, some bargains can be had, and with time on our side, I’m hopeful we can grab a pretty good deal. Failing that and we’re forced to buying brand new, I think our hearts are set on the Britax Smile or Silver Cross Pioneer or Wayfarer.

    Making the news

    What was making the news on this momentous day? Below is a collection of front pages I’ve collected dated 17 March 2015.

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