$500? Did I miss something? I thought the box was still $100 per season. Was this the last $100 box or something? That’s all I paid and I didn’t have a coupon/discount code.
I cancelled my membership after seeing the spoilers for the previous box as I don’t entertain and didn’t feel the box would be worth $100 even if I did. However, although the box was indeed a flop, I felt bad about the way it and the previous owner were completely trashed by so many people. I understand no one wants to or can afford to waste $100 but still. Nearly all previous boxes were at least good if not great. And she provided excellent customer service in my experience. I felt bad when all the sudden she was gone. Everyone should be allowed one mistake and had she been willing to provide partial refunds or credit towards the next box I think the situation could’ve been resolved. But admittedly I didn’t have any personal dealings with her regarding that particular box so I don’t know how she responded to everyone’s disappointment and anger.
I was curious about the new owner but when that first “exciting” item that was supposed to be a more appropriate representative of the “Happy Rebel” style was revealed and available for purchase I was not impressed. I couldn’t imagine many people finding that trucker hat appealing and I thought the price was a bit steep for company swag, i.e. free advertising. If that was a sign of things yet to come I knew I would likely not regret canceling.
When the first spoiler came out I found it interesting, although only the silver/howlite one appealed to me personally. However, it wasn’t really my style. I did think it might be a good gift for my younger sister but I definitely wasn’t tempted to take a $100 gamble. But then I became much more interested because of the Kiko bag. I love my other one but it’s just slightly too small and doesn’t completely close so there’s a risk of things spilling out (I chose the very boxy style, the least popular choice as far as I could tell from comments.) This bag is just a bit larger and a lot more secure. I also liked the vegan one with the silver hearts but the stitching/edges seemed somewhat ragged and poorly put together, at least from the pic I saw. I wasn’t able to find them on their website so I knew Kiko would be the safer option. I went ahead and resubscribed once I confirmed the howlite was still available. The new owner was very accessible, quick to respond and very accommodating when I found out (by asking her) the ring I ordered from the sale was a size 7 instead of adjustable like I’d assumed since the description didn’t specify. I should’ve asked first I guess but it was so cute, matched the earrings and bracelet I just got from the Boxycharm pop-up, and a deal at $10 so I feared it would sell out quickly. (Plus in my experience if there is no size specified the ring is adjustable.) I was feeling pretty good about my decision and looking forward to seeing what else the box would have.
I still haven’t gotten mine but I have to admit after seeing the full spoilers here I share in the surprise and disappointment others have expressed about the rest of the box, including the products being sourced in-house. I also think body fragrance (vs home) is too risky for a high end/priced sub box. It’s just too personal as far as scent preferences and potential allergies/sensitivities. The other box with perfume was so much more inclusive by giving subscribers several different options with very detailed scent descriptions. I’m fairly picky about scents partially because some notes give me a headache or irritate my sinuses. So if I end up not liking or not being able to tolerate this oil I may regret ordering the box basically for the purse only, despite the fact it alone retails for $150. I’m just not one to pay $50 or more on a box unless I know I’ll be mostly satisfied with the contents either for myself or to gift. For $100 I typically won’t take the risk without knowing more if not all the contents. I wish I’d stuck to my normal strategy here because the oil has a high risk of being a disappointment and I definitely have no interest in receiving yet another journal I won’t use, especially one this plain (or chic as some people may see it 😄). I never used the other pen (s?) from a previous box because no matter how lovely they look I have strong preferences as far as the type of pens I like using. There’s also no one in my life that would be pleased or even flattered by getting a gift of pens regardless of what they look like.
So unless I am pleasantly surprised by that oil and find out the necklace doesn’t look too “cool” for me to pull off (or even better that my sister loves and wants it), I will probably at least skip the next box.