If you are a mommy or know someone who will be soon, then you may want to reconsider that trip to Babies R Us. As a breast pumping mom, I was very happy with the breast pump that I purchased years ago, the Medela Pump in Style. However, as an internet retailer of pumping products, I became aware very quickly that Medela was not looking out for moms and their wallets, but for their own. Medela was extremely strict on allowing retailers to lower the price of their breast pumps, which infuriated me because having a newborn is the time when parents need a break.
Well, it turns out that Medela was not the problem after all. Thanks to everyone’s big box baby store, Babies R Us, they were requiring manufacturers of breast pumps, strollers and many other products from allowing other retailers to lower their prices. Are you kidding me? They weren’t trying to help moms out, but not allowing other retailers to lower prices and they might be the only retailers with a good low price, but instead wanted to make sure that moms would pay the high price only at their store. How lousy is that?
A class-action lawsuit has been brought against the big box chain and is expected to go to trial in 2010. This article at Time.com gives great details about the dirty little secrets of Babies R Us. So, as the Time article states “all you moms who splurged on that $300 breast pump a few years ago: start looking for the receipt.” This mom will no longer be giving any more of her hard earned money to this company any more.