I often wonder why I can’t buy ABDL diapers at an affordable price.
It’s every Asian ABDL’s dilemma – do you spend a ton of money importing these ABDL diapers, or make do with much cheaper premium medical diapers.
Due to our need for privacy, we are very secretive of the way we buy diapers. Do we walk in to a retail store to buy ABDL diapers, or should we stick to ordering online? This need for privacy alone makes it very difficult for ABDL companies or ‘private traders’ to get consumption data on people buying medical diapers for ABDL reasons.
Institutions who order medical diapers are able to negotiate bulk orders and they are able to import diapers, as economies of scale make it possible for retailers like Tena to set up shop here. They know exactly how many units they need, and can demand a discount. And sellers will be willing to sell, because of the huge volumes involved.
Even other makers like Dr.P and Lille are still able to make significant sales because of the diverse market that is homecare. There’s always demand for Premium or Budget options when you have markets as big as the homecare and hospice sectors.
ABDLism is beginning to come of age in the western world. That’s why there are so many ABDL diaper brands in the US and Europe. It is only with the advent of the internet that ABDLs have awakened all over Asia. But again, the lack of data due to the need for privacy makes it difficult for Western retailers to decide where to set up shop, and how.
I believe that there is a critical number of ABDLs in cities like Singapore to make an ABDL business viable. But there are several reasons why this hasn’t happened yet. In my conversations with fellow Singapore ABDLs, the absolute sticking point is price.
“Why should I pay S$12 to import a single ABDL diaper when I can get a pack of 10 premium medical diapers at that price?” – BabySarah
That’s a valid concern that most of us have. In comparison, a pack of Bambino Classico diapers costs US$10 for 8 diapers before shipping – about US$1.25 per diaper.
So the question on our minds is, if we had direct sellers, could the price of ABDL diapers come down drastically? Of course, one needs to factor in things like the exchange rate, profit margin, postage, overheads etc. but we may see prices of about $3-4 per diaper.
Demand drives supply. Just setting up shop with cheaper ABDL diapers isn’t going to encourage many people to ditch cheap (or even premium) medical diapers. What can sellers do to drive demand, in order to maintain the basics of business? In this region, ABDL influencers aren’t a viable option admittedly (though it is a cool idea).
There will be other users of ABDL diapers. The BDSM community has been supportive of ABDL diapers. And with their premium absorbency it is (barely) possible that these diapers could be used for homecare too, driving the demand for them.
I can understand why people don’t want to set up an ABDL retail business – it is just too intrusive. Singapore does have a ‘Sex In The City’ – a retail chain known for selling sex paraphernalia – but the owners are decidedly not Asian. I know, that’s a bad argument, cos the kink side has burgeoned in the last decade so what’s to say that ABDLism won’t?
Point is, we are too defensive of our privacy, and we don’t have incentive to take that leap of faith. Someone has to sacrifice their privacy to kickstart this. But the practical Asian mind would go – ‘good to have, but not worth the hassle’.