I love twitter. I have met some amazing people there, some of which have become real-life friends. I usually have great conversations, and learn a thing or two. But sometimes something happens on Twitter that makes me both shake my head and laugh. Today was one of those days. First the backstory…
Several months ago as I was checking out local CraigsList listings I came across a used stroller priced at $800 (or something close to that…it was near the $1000 mark). I was shocked… a USED stroller that costs a rent payment?! I looked up the brand (UppaBaby) and saw they had several models that started north of the $850 mark. I took to twitter saying I couldn’t believe anyone would pay that much for a stroller. Or would pay $800 for a used stroller. I think my words were “Who the hell spends $800 on a stroller?”
To say I got a smackdown in response would be an understatement. I got replies and DMs from dozens, all chiding me for judging their buying choices. “I own an UppaBaby and it was a great purchase and I would do it again!” “You don’t know my financial situation!” “I’ve got 2 and they are great, worth every penny” “I spend my money on what I want, who are you to judge?”. Well ok then. In fact, I got so much negative response to that tweet that I ended up deleting it, which is why I can’t quote it exactly.
Maybe it’s my Midwestern-ness showing or the fact that I live in an area with a low cost of living or the fact that when I was buying a stroller that thousand dollar Bugaboo’s were the celebrity fashion and most non-celebrities gasped at the cost and said they were all about image. But I still maintain that a $800 stroller is a luxury and that if you are going to have one you at least need to own the fact that many think that price is a crazy amount to pay for a baby item.
Fast forward to today. A twitter friend posted about a used “rare” diaper selling on a cloth diaper site for $210. The hilarity of the price! Who would spend $200 on a diaper? And more than 20 people agreed – a $210 diaper is crazy. A $210 USED diaper? Ridiculous. “lost their minds”, “WTF”, “freaking insane” were some of the responses.
I agreed and jokingly warned her not to comment about the price of baby items …learn from my experience!
And you know what happened? I GOT SCOLDED AGAIN. I got scolded about by months-ago tweet about an expensive stroller! And people favorited the scolding tweet!
So that happened.
Like I said sometimes you learn things on twitter.
Today’s lesson: it’s ok to make fun of a $210 diaper and those who would buy it, but it’s not ok to express the same things about a $800+ stroller.
It’s either that or: those who buy super-expensive strollers are really defensive about them on twitter, and those who by super-expensive diapers are not.
THANKS, TWITTER for these life lessons.