Who doesn’t love getting a present in the mail? Writer Linda Tsai weighs the pros and cons of the many snail mail subscription boxes you can order, from beauty products to kid’s clothes. Linda is auditioning for a staff writer position on BargainBabe.com! Missed the audition announcement? Here it is. Each day last week we ran one audition post. Tomorrow we will publish the final audition post!
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Subscription boxes seem to be all the rage right now. Have you heard of them? The premise is simple: you pay a (usually) monthly subscription fee, and a box of goodies shows up at your doorstep once a month (or however frequent your subscription).
Depending on the genre of your box, you may or may not have to fill out a survey at the time of subscription to help customize your size, tastes, preferences, habits, skin type, etc. Boxes can range from crafts (ie Whimseybox, Kiwi Crate) to makeup/skincare/nail polish (ie Glossybox, Birchbox, Julep) to children’s clothing (ie Whittlebox, Sweet Pea Box) to shoes (ie ShoeDazzle, ShoeMint) to food items (ie NatureBox, Turntable Kitchen) and much much more. Obviously the boxes differ in their price range and content. But overall, are they a good idea?
- For a flat fee, you can (usually) get a variety of products worth more than the cost of the subscription.
- You get exposure to different brands and products, most of which may be new to you.
- You get products that you may not actually buy yourself but that you end up liking.
- Convenience – the payment and shipments are automatic after the initial setup.
- Who doesn’t like getting packages in the mail? And the anticipation of opening a package filled with unknown?
- You may not like everything that was sent to you.
- Because you may not like or use everything that was sent to you, the value may not seem as high as what you paid.
- The things you do not like or use can end up being a waste.
- It is difficult to get a box with everything you like month after month.
- Some subscriptions are not cancelable if you signed up for a few months at a time.
Clearly, if your financial situation allows, subscription boxes can be fun to try out. If it is something you would like and use anyways, then they might seem more worth the cost. But beware of cancellation policies, and if applicable, return policies. Even though payments will be automatic, always reevaluate if the boxes are indeed worth your money, because they can get quite addictive, and month after month, the cost does add up.
About the writer
Linda is a Registered Dietitian who likes to clip coupons and find deals in her spare time. She also enjoys yoga/pilates, hiking, and traveling.