60<35(x), Where x>1.7

So we made it to Vegas. We knew that Mandalay Bay, the hotel resort where we are staying, offered cribs. What we did not know is that they charged an exorbitant $35 day a fee for them. We tried to see if we could get around it, but it became obvious last night that we weren’t going to be able to. So we called to have one sent up. As an aside, you would think that if we call the front desk at 11pm and say “We need a crib” the importance of getting it sooner rather than later would be implied. It’s 11 at night, after all. But at midnight we had to call again and ask how that crib was coming. It arrived shortly thereafter.

I was expecting for $35 in a hotel where rooms go for over $200, it would at least be a nice crib. It was, in fact, roughly the same as the Graco playpen at have at home. The one that cost $60.

So, to clarify, if you’re going to “rent” a crib at Mandalay Bay for more than a single day, it’s actually cheaper to buy one off Amazon and have it sent to the hotel than it is to actually rent theirs. For three days, which is our duration, it’s much cheaper. You can have it shipped back and still come out ahead and with a new playard to boot. Or you could donate it to charity. Don’t leave it in the room, though, because they will probably charge $35 to someone else to let them use it.

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13 thoughts on “60<35(x), Where x>1.7

  1. Well to be fair most of the cribs in Vegas are likely used for kinky sex play rather then actual babies. So the market is going to reflect the importance some people would put on fetish tools.

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  2. Related: Why, if you’re renting for more than a couple of days, it’s cheaper to buy a child/booster seat than to get one from a car rental company, assuming you can find a way to get to a store….

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  3. We’re in the process of planning our first real trip with the baby. Our current plan is to rent a two-bedroom apartment on the beach. We can maybe finagle the Pack-and-Play onto the plane. Though I’m tempted to pull one of the twin mattresses off the beds in the second bedroom, set it up on the floor, and hope for the best.

    You are absolutely right though that you start doing all sorts of weird calculus that you never did before once the baby is in play.

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      • FWIW, while researching this same situation for our upcoming beach rental, the owner pointed us towards a local company that rents just such items. A pack-and-play costs $25 for the week, meaning we can rent it for less than the cost of checking it and don’t have to lug it around. They also rent a bunch of other baby stuff and some other things someone might want while renting a vacation home. I wonder how common such companies are. If they aren’t that common, there might be a real money-making opportunity. The only hesitation I can imagine would be possible liability.

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