There’s no question I’m obsessed with gadgets and gear — partly because I love getting the exact right item at an awesome price. So it’s probably no surprise that I’m all excited about our buying a stroller for the yet-to-be-born little one. We’d been to Pottery Barn Kids last weekend and saw a really great stroller (made in partnership with Zooper). The guy demonstrated it it for us, putting on various additional parts and folding it up, etc. I was smitten. It was $250.
Then, I start looking into the Zoopers, and I discover this discontinued model on eBay that’s the predecessor to the one we saw at PBK. Only $91, plus shipping. I hear the canopy part of it isn’t that big, but that’s probably something we can live with. It’s a little creepy to think of having a stroller in the house before we have a kid, but I guess people go so far as to have entire nurseries set up (and we haven’t ruled that out) before the big arrival. Then again, I’m remembering that my aunts are having a baby shower for me in May, so I guess we’ll have a lot more than a stroller around.
UPDATE: So, I’ve been congratulating myself on the deal we got and now it turns out they don’t actually have the stroller we ordered in stock. We’ll have to get another color — “ice blue”. It’s fine, I guess, but a little disappointing.
UPDATE2: We finally got the “ice blue” stroller yesterday. Michael put it together and it looks like it’s going to do the job. Hard to tell without an actual baby to experiment with. Anyway, the eBay experience was a little bit disappointing — especially since the vendor we worked with (who had a nearly 100% approval rating from previous customers) let us down on the color and shipped later than expected. Maybe you really do get what you pay for.