Mompetition: The one-up rivalry that moms play making their child seem better, smarter, and/ or more advanced than yours. May involve two or more moms and any number of children, even full-grown.
Business Ethics: an amusing oxymoron.
Oxymoron: two words that conflict each other. Two words which do not agree with each other.
This incident is trivial, but I need to use it for my example. Recently, a cloth diaper store I'm following to try and win a competition, posted about how she couldn't survive without her $50 diaper sprayer. "How do you moms dunk and swish?!" My response, "flushable liners!" Her response, "those are expensive!"
Now, if she was a smart business owner, she would of responded, "yes, those are wonderful too! Have you tried the Osocozy Liners that I sell?" Although her liners are more expensive, if she could convince me on purchasing them, then she would have my continued business if I liked the product. Instead, she inadvertently judged me, implying that I was either misinformed, or rich. Neither which I am.
I hate mompetitions. Why do we do them? Why do we practice them? And why do owners and operators of baby businesses feel the need to practice mompetition in their business ethics?! As a store owner, I don't want your personal opinion on why or how I use a product. And please don't tell me something I use is expensive - implying as if I have money. I cloth diaper, clip coupons, and recycle cans because I have to stretch my dollar as far as I possible, saving the planet is just a bonus. I can sing you the entire Captain Planet theme song - but that's not why I participate in the aforementioned practices.
So, as to my response to the owner of this diaper store. First let me mention, that I am a Welch by marriage, but a Hoffmann by birth. I come from a long line of opinionated, offensive, statistically driven, loud family of Germans. Here's what I told her:
- I guess it's perspective? I spend approximately $10 every 3 mos for liners because I cut them in half and wash the pee ones. I didn't start using them until my son started eating solids @ 6mos. Theoretically, it would take me 15 mos of using liners to equal a $50 diaper sprayer, so my son would be 21mos and possibly potty training by the time the costs equal out. I guess then it comes down to preference, not expense? ;)
Food for thought! Now BE THE CHANGE Women!
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