Little Black Bag Review & Coupon
I’ve had a few requests to review the subscription and swap service Little Black Bag, so I decided it was time to try it out! (I must admit, I’ve checked out this site a few times in the past, and it always seemed too confusing to try, so I’ll do my best to explain how it works).
The Subscription Box: Little Black Bag
The Cost: $9.95 a month (plus the cost of what item you pick).
The Products: Jewelry, Shoes, Accessories, Home, and Beauty Items
Ships to: US and Canada
To start out with Little Black Bag, you browse the gallery and pick out the first item in your Little Black Bag, once you enter your credit card info and checkout, you will get two more Stylist picks for your Little Black Bag. (When I was checking out I had to go search the house for where I put my credit card, and when I came back to the screen, there was a pop-up message from Little Black Bag offering me another bonus item if I continued with checkout since it looked like I was “hesitating”. So, I’m not sure if this works all the time, but I recommend waiting a few minutes on the final checkout page to see if you get a similar offer!)
I picked out the Kelsi Dagger purse on the left, and the necklace and a set of earrings (not pictured) were my surprise stylist items. And this bracelet was the bonus item. I decided I wanted to swap the necklace, bracelet and earrings since they weren’t really my style. (You have several days to swap items before your bag ships, or you can request that it ship whenever you are ready).
To find items to swap, you browse the gallery, select items you like, and propose a swap. If the other shopper accepts it your trade is complete. I tried to swap my necklace and bracelet for this candle holder – but no one wanted my deal!
Of course, you can also just browse swap offers made to you:
This is a look at my Little Black Bag order before it ships. On the left are my items, and in the middle are trade offers from other shoppers. You can accept or pass on any offer.
I ended up swapping my bracelet for hair ties, and necklace for legwarmers, and my earrings for knee socks. I’m not sure if I made the right swaps in pure retail value, but I did get only items I wanted, so I was happy.
Now on to the actual items:
Kelsi Dagger Bushwick CrossBody Bag in Rust – Value $128 (My VIP subscription price $59.95)
I own several Kelsi Dagger shoes, and as soon as I saw this bag was leather I decided it would be selection. I love the rust color and all the gold metal details.
The VIP pricing of $59.95 was the cheapest pricing I could find online for this bag, so I felt like it was a good deal. Now onto my swaps:
Hair Ties – Value $7?
I traded my free bonus bracelet for these hair ties – I can never have enough of these things!
Lemon Knee-hi Socks – Retail Value $18
Lemon Boucle Leg Warmer – Retail Value $15
Ever since I saw this company on Shark Tank, I’ve wanted to try accessorizing my boots with socks and leg wear, so these socks will be my first attempt! (I found both of these socks for sale online for 50% off, so I’ll factor that into my evaluation). (I traded my earrings and necklace for these socks).
Here is my order receipt since it gets a little confusing doing values of what you swapped for and not the actual items you “purchased.”
UPDATE: I just looked at my credit card history online, and it looks like LLB charged me the $96.80, and then refunded me $20.90, so I guess I paid for just the purse, the monthly $10 subscription fee, and the shipping of $5.95. So in total I paid $75.90 for everything pictured. Hope that makes sense! (I’m definitely excited since this is a better deal than I originally thought!)
Verdict: I had fun doing with Little Black Bag (once I figured it out), and I since I got to swap until I picked up items I like, I know I’ll use everything I received! The value is pretty good too – while I did find a lot of the items in my bag on sale, I still couldn’t get the total price down to $75.90 by shopping other sites.
Have you tried Little Black Bag? Any tips or strategies for swapping? (I feel like I still have a lot to learn!)