|04-24-2009, 08:17 AM||#136|
You might have noticed that my boyfriend glitters. It's just something that he does in the sun. Don't worry about it.
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: The square part at the top of Texas
Misty (me) Robert(DH) Jazmin(13) Jacey(8) Phoenix Jade(5)
Disney trips 2006 & 2009 and Dec 2012!
|04-24-2009, 08:19 AM||#137|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Iowa..the corn state
I to am runnning a swap and am very concerned about the stroller. I have only just gotten ours paid for prior to the decision by the mods. I have also considered shutting down the swap. I believe most people start swaps for the reason of having a nice stroller to use when they are at disney and not to have to pay the outrageous amounts that disney is charging for their strollers. I know convience always costs, but at that price I am glad to have found an alternative. That is $250 more dollars I can spend elsewhere on my trip! I am sending my stroller months in advance and that is the case with this leader. That's pretty selfish isn't it?
With this decision, now the upkeep is totally an out of pocket expense for the organizer. Have you taken a look @ how much it costs to order some of those parts for these strollers? Let's just on average all parts are $20. Because when you keep using these the parts are gonna go bad at any time.
$20 x 26= $520
26x 5.95= $144.70 shipping to the leader (probably low, shipping is expensive)
26x 5.95=144.70 shipping to next swapper or resort.
$809.70 Grand total!
Now that is probably a low ball estimte because I am pretty sure that most of the stuff needed is more expensive than that. And if you have ever ordered replacement parts from a company direct before we know shipping is more than what I estimated.
And what about the swap leader that puts in sometimes a couple hours a day to check PM's and update the calendar and email swappers to find out what the condition of the stroller or time on the phone with the stroller company to order replacement parts. Don't you think their time is worth anything? Even if you say they spent 3 hours a week dealing with swap stuff and if you had to pay someone minimum wage to do that @ $7.50.
Ok so here it is broken down...Let's say on an average the stroller is swapped to a different person each week. That is 52 swaps a year.
52x$20=$1040 in swap fees collected
-$809.70replacement parts & shipping
$230.30 left unused from swap
And chances are that 1 stroller is not going to last 1 year!!! So there you have it there is $230.30 left and that is barely if cover the cost of a new stroller...Then you have the cost of shipping it down to the next swapper..
So there the money is gone...and the swap leader didn't even get any compensation. I ask you to work @ your job for 3 hours a week free for a year, would you do that? And I'm sure you are paid more than minimum wage.
Now take into consideration that it is going to cost the swap leader out of pocket to ship the stroller down to the next swapper. So now the leader is paying out of there pocket. Are you ok with that?
Point being, stop hasseling her! She made a decision and please respect that. And I'm sure everything I posted above will have no bearing on what you think about the swaps, because you already have it in your head that this was just for profit.
And if this was a business, it wouldn't be for very long, how many sucessful businesses do you know that continue to operate in the RED!
So go ahead start a swap, and pay out of your pocket..SIGN ME UP! .My dates are September 27-October 3rd and I'm interested in using the stroller FREE of charge, and I expect that it be in supreme working order and safe for my kids when I get there, because I am on vacation and I don't want to have to worry that the front wheel is going to fall off at any minute!!!!!
Thanks for reading!
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Last edited by mom2prettyprincess; 04-24-2009 at 08:26 AM. Reason: added
|04-24-2009, 09:11 AM||#138|
Earning My Ears
Join Date: Feb 2008
Oh this totally sucks that the rules changed.
I used the stroller and it was wonderful!! the swivel wheel gave me some trouble, but that was because I was not sure how to adjust it until the last day of my swap.
The stoller will NOT be on it's last leg by june. It was pretty sturdy and my kids really enjoyed it- much better than the disney ones.
phins_jazy- I respect your decision, but rest assured I took care of the stroller with the best of care!
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