Does KinderMint Really Work?


Does Kindermint work?KinderMint is a service that helps turn your child’s clothing into cash by reducing the amount of clothing they’ve outgrown. They are in the business of buying up clothes that are perhaps a little too nice to just be given away, and that don’t have a younger sibling to inherit them. But does the service actually work?

Overview
For many families, clothing goes through a few different owners before it finally becomes useless. But for others its a matter of just having one child, or a matter of having a boy and a girl which makes sharing clothes a bit troublesome. If you’ve noticed that the situation is getting dire and you just can’t bring yourself to give away clothing that you just paid so much for, this might be a solution that makes several people happy, including you.

The Claim
The big claim being made by KinderMint is that you can earn money from clothes that you would otherwise be giving away. While it is possible to take your clothes to a consignment shop and try to make money on them that way, you’re usually offered a very low price. If there isn’t one in your area you might be stuck with your clothes and your only option is to donate perfectly good items that you just paid top dollar for.

The Appeal
The reason this has the potential of becoming mega-popular is because there are piles of kid’s clothing in closets across the country that need to find new homes. Currently there’s no really good way to go about this, since the stuff at consignment shops is usually second rate, and new clothes that are nice are usually pretty expensive, especially considering your kid will only wear it for a short time.

The Cost
It’s $4.95 to get started, but that’s a refundable deposit put in place by KinderMint to cut down on sending packages to those that don’t follow through. Technically the service doesn’t cost anything, since the money is refunded when you send the clothes in, and since they are paying you for clothes you’d otherwise be giving away.

The Commitment
Your only real commitment is to send in some clothes or risk losing your $5 deposit. You’re also basically committed to accepting their determination of what your clothes are worth. They aren’t in the business of sending your clothes back to you if you don’t like their offer, and it’s basically the last time you’ll see your clothes if you decide to send them in. That’s why you should go through and look at the fine print of their offer before shipping the package out, or even before paying the deposit to get the pack in the first place.

Evaluation
Kindermint is tapping into a largely untapped market up to this point. Several parents have wondered what to do with all of their child’s clothing as they rapidly outgrow them. At first it may seem a little Scrooge-like to sell something that you could donate, but at the same time every little bit helps the Family Inc., and those that are buying your used clothing at a greatly reduced price than what they’d find it for in stores, everybody is getting a good deal here.

It’s important to go through the details about what they accept, and what they don’t, so that you have a better idea of what they’re all about and why they’re offering this service in the first place. They don’t want your heavily used, stained, battered, or already-been-handed-down several times items. They want your like new, barely used, brand-name items so they can resell them. There is enough wiggle room in the terms that the leverage remains with them, so you should follow the instructions closely to avoid disappointment.

For example, whether a package is “stuffed full” is a rather subjective call, and one that lies with KinderMint. They also reserve the sole right as to what constitutes “exceptional quality”

Final KinderMint Review

Overall, KinderMint is worth trying out, just make sure that you abide by their requests and send the pack back stuffed full of clothes you think other moms and dads would actually want to buy for their kids. This isn’t a way to make a few bucks off of clothes that you’d otherwise just lug to the local Salvation Army. This is a way to make money selling clothes that other people would want to buy. Since they’re going to have someone look your clothes over and decide the value, you need to do the same thing before sending it off.

The flip side to this equation is that they’re stocking an online retail store with the clothes that are currently coming in. That’s why what they’re really preferring is clothing that has the tags still on it, ensemble pieces, and clothes that are meant for special occasions, like holidays.

Our Recommendation
If there’s no younger brother or sister on the way to hand the clothes down to, it makes sense to keep things from piling up and also to make some extra money to help pay for replacement clothes. While the most generous thing to do would be to donate the times to families in need, this might not always be the most financially sound way to go about things. You can always donate the especially used up clothes that are still good, but that someone else wouldn’t want to pay for.

Official Website: KinderMint

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h rt June 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Don’t bother with this company if you wan’t to call it one. I sent in nice name brand clothes got maybie $1 a shirt. then couldnt cash out becasue they told me they didnt have their check processing set up to send a check to me. They nevet answer phone calls and it’s rare to get an email back from them.The next day I couldnt even log into my acct
I had with them because they deleted it. (keep in mind I still have not got paid for my clothes and never had my card refunded for the bag to be sent to me). Save your time and have a hassle free yard sale instead of using this scam place!!

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Michelle Berry June 24, 2013 at 8:06 pm

We, the team of Kindermint, are working hard to create a service that is easy and convenient to use. We have spoken with the person who wrote this complaint and we issued a check which included payment for her clothing as well as her deposit, as we do with all our customers (either check or PayPal).

While there is a certain degree of subjectivity involved in any appraisal, we have very high and very clearly stated standards of what we accept. The reason our quality standards are high is because we are selling the clothing we purchase online, and buyers will not have the opportunity to inspect the clothing before they buy. Detailed information about our quality standards can be found on our website as well as our brochure.

Our prices are based on the resale market, and we publish both the price of what we purchase clothes for as well as what we sell them for. Examples of what we pay can be found on our website.

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Me June 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I agree with the other person. Waste of time. I stuffed the bag with all name brand clothing. I would say more then 30 items and they only accepted 3 of them and put 5.69 in my account which i can not cash out. So they have hundreds of dollars worth of clothing for free. I will never do it again i would rather put an ad on craigslist to see if someone wants them then to go theough the hassle. What is worse is they do not tell you what was wrong with the clothing they did not accept. Skip this one

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Michelle Berry June 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm

If you are having difficulty cashing out, please contact our customer service department at 877-771-6468 for assistance. We will be more than happy to help you.

For all clothing that we do not accept, we offer a choice to either donate these items to charity or request their return. There is a return fee to have un-purchased items returned, and the request for return must be made within 10 days of appraisal.

While it is possible that one could potentially make more money selling used clothes through a different avenue such as consignment, Craigslist or eBay, all of these avenues require significantly more time and effort than using our service. Our service is for those who need a fast and efficient way to clean out their kids’ closets. We pay to ship your clothes, we pay you immediately up front, and we donate the items that aren’t top quality to charity (or you may request their return).

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Susie July 8, 2013 at 2:35 am

Well, at least the other reviewers heard from the company. I mailed a huge package via UPS at the end of May. Haven’t heard ANYTHING — and the Paypal deposit hasn’t been refunded. Yes, I did read the guidelines of they will and won’t accept very carefully and followed them to the letter.

Disappointed is an understatement.

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Carmen November 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm

How are the kindermint prices compare to Once Upon a Child? We take some clothes there and they tend to pay more for brand names. They have a chart and once you’ve gone there few times you kind of know what to expect. Does Kindermint have a price chart or approximate pricing guidelines?
Thank you

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Sofia Chaviari December 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm

KINDERMINT IS A SCAM!

I wasted my time and money trying their company. I filled up a bagfull of clothes , finally my tracing number showed that they acepted my package… only to find out : My account that i had set up does not exist anymore, they NEVER answer my calls, or their emails.. and when go to reset my password ( in case i forgot – which is impossible since i have been usng the same one for years) i never get an email to reset my password or what not…. NO REFUNDS, NO CHECKS- IT IS A SCAM!

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Emily Weichmann January 8, 2014 at 10:03 pm

I use Kindermint constantly I am always happy with their service. Many of my friends also use Kindermint for their kids’ clothes and they’d have similarly positive experiences so I’m not sure why there are a few negative reviews here, but they must be out of the ordinary. People -you’re selling used clothes! I’ve always felt the payouts were more than fair (much better than consignment shops actually) and have never had issues with receiving them either. Kindermint has done right by me every time. What I love is that instead of dealing with consignment hassles, this is much more convenient -and a lot faster, plus since I love to shop I have a way to get a bit back from the old clothes that my kids have grown out of but are still in good condition. Yes it’s true that if KM doesn’t accept certain pieces of clothing (poor condition, etc), and you don’t get them back, but what I do love is that they donate them to Habitat for Humanity -for me that is a win/win. It may not be for everyone, but I’m a busy mom who constantly has closets full of unwearable clothes and Kindermint makes my life easier. Plus I’ve never had any problems with them so definite A+ in my humble opinion.

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Vicky April 15, 2014 at 9:29 pm

I agree with Emily. I have used their service three times and have never had an issue. In fact I found many clothes to replace the ones I sent in at very good prices. I have recommended it to a few friends and one friend, who used the service, has told me that she was very happy and ended up buying clothes from them too.

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Susan Technik June 18, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Same here. They got 100s of dollars worth of my boys clothes and I hot nothing!! Rip off!!

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