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Vices Subscription Box Review + Coupon – October 2020

Megan K.
ByMegan K.Oct 23, 2020 | 43 comments

Vices
3.3 overall rating
52 Ratings | 10 Reviews

Vices (formerly Robb Vices) is a monthly luxury subscription box that sends subscribers a carefully curated assortment of high-end lifestyle goods that help you indulge your vices. Look forward to accessories, home decor, electronics, food, kitchen gadgets, booze, booze, and more booze! The subscription is somewhat geared towards guys, but we've found that most of their boxes are perfectly unisex. 

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

About Vices Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Vices

The Cost: $129.95 per month + shipping ($14.95 to PA), or save with longer subscriptions.

ACTIVE DEAL: Save $50 off your first subscription (LUXURY50) or receive a FREE Altec Lansing ALT-500 Bluetooth Turntable valued at $149 (TURNTABLE.)
CODE: LUXURY50 or TURNTABLE

The Products: Each box contains a curated selection of products and experiences and provides subscribers with a taste of the good life!

Ships to: All states except AL, AK, HI, MS, ND, and UT.

Vices October 2020 Review

 

Included is a handy booklet with all of our product info. These are always filled with tons of useful info and great images as well as additional details on the brands included inside.

 

Bella Cucina Death by Chocolate Cookies, 6 oz - Retail Value $15.00

I like biscotti, so I liked these cookies. They are a dry style and very crumbly. The chunks you see in the pictures are walnuts and chocolate and the whole cookie is super chocolatey with a hint of espresso. Yum!

 

Aurosi Tumble Tower Game - Retail Value $175.00

When I first picked up this box, I was shocked at how heavy it was. Most of that weight is due to this very heavy and luxe version of Jenga. Each of the blocks is cut from acrylic and the rows alternate black and white. The tower arrives in an acrylic clear case which makes it actually look like some sort of art sculpture of you leave it out between playing, especially when the light hits it through a window. I have some pretty strong feelings regarding the retail price of this item. It seems absurd for a game, even one as lovely as this. Am I just cheap? Honestly, what do you guys think?

 

Don Ciccio & Figli Limoncello, 750 ml - Retail Value $39.00

Our last item is a bottle of limoncello. I love mixing limoncello with some gin and a sprig of mint or rosemary! Then I top it off with soda or even a sparkling white wine if I am feeling totally fancy. We were fresh out of limoncello here at the house and even though this always feels more like a summer treat, I still enjoy it all year.

Verdict: I have some feelings about this Vices, but a lot of that might be tied up in the fact that I am too frugal to fathom such an expensive tower game. I get it, this is exactly why I subscribe to a box like this, right? To receive luxuries I wouldn't buy myself. BUT even though this box has a total value of $229, I can't help but feel a little let down by the fact that although technically that is the total retail value, a box with cookies, limoncello, and a game doesn't feel like a lot for $144.90 after shipping. Subscribers are probably going to either love this if they are game enthusiasts or be confused regarding the value factor here. I do want to give the Vice's team credit because I see what they were trying to do: we are all at home more often right now and sipping a nice drink while enjoying chocolate cookies and playing a beautiful game with your family does feel like a nice evening in. But this box left me wanting more.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No. Sign up by the 1st of the month to receive that month's box.

ACTIVE DEAL: Save $50 off your first subscription (LUXURY50) or receive a FREE Altec Lansing ALT-500 Bluetooth Turntable valued at $149 (TURNTABLE.)
CODE: LUXURY50 or TURNTABLE

Value Breakdown: This box costs $144.90 ($129.95 + $14.95 shipping to PA) meaning each of the items has an average cost of $48.30.

Check out all of our Vices reviews and check out the best subscription boxes as recommended by MSA readers like you!

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What do you think of the October 2020 box from Vices?

Starting at $129.95
Active Deal
Save $50 off your first subscription (LUXURY50) or receive a FREE Altec Lansing ALT-500 Bluetooth Turntable valued at $149 (TURNTABLE.)
Use Coupon Code LUXURY50 or TURNTABLE
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The Vices membership program delivers high-end items specially curated by luxury tastemakers and delivered to your doorstep. Boxes will include wines or spirits, gadgets and accessories with a booklet describing the story behind why each item was chosen for the box.
Megan K.
Megan K.
I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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43 comments

Cindy

I had an annual sub and did not renew because of things like this. I would be very upset if I received this box for the cost. Vices you need to do better. The price of that game is ridiculous

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Amy

I got one box but cancelled because they seem to randomly send crappy boxes. Add in “no spoilers” and I say no way.

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Rose

Squeee!

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W

Honestly if we all just ignore “Rose”, maybe they will find something better to do with their time instead of trolling this site like a child looking for attention. Just a thought. 😂 But for real, it’s just kind of sad.

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MzBev

If you don’t care for her reviews, stop reading them. Posting this is ridiculous. You’ve done it, at least, twice that I’ve seen this morning. I have a reviewer that I don’t care for, I simply avoid her reviews. I don’t go post on every one of them. Grow up, Rose.

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Cindy

Rose. Does it bring you joy to search our Megan’s review so you can act like an adolescent? Well maybe you are. This is not the platform to be a bully. Why don’t you just go away. Shameful

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Steph

When I saw the tower game in the box, I thought it was an interesting decanter. Then I saw it out and I said to myself, “Oh god, I hope that isn’t some overpriced bougie Jenga.” Whyyyyy?

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Megan K.

I am not bougie enough for this at all. It costs more than my purse right now! 😂

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anDreama

I didn’t realize fancy Jenga was a vice… 🤔 I wish I’d had money to sub to this box back when they sent really fancy tequila and other cool things for under $100.

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Tolin

If it were the other way around — the game was valued at $39 and they included a bottle of booze that was truly worth $175 — now THAT would be a luxury box for these times.

I know chess or backgammon sets can be worth thousands, due to the pieces being hand carved or made out of very expensive materials. But jenga?? Chess and backgammon don’t involve the pieces repeatedly falling, so it doesn’t even make sense to make a luxury set.

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Megan K.

I would gladly take $175 worth of booze.

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Tolin

of Jenga, that is.

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Tolin

A luxury set of Jenga, that is.

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David

I can only assume that Jenga set exists solely for the gift market. Perhaps if I was an extraordinarily rich uncle I’d buy it to flex on my siblings but unfortunately I’m a broke college student and my only nephew is a cat with no need for Jenga.

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Melissa

You’re over here worried we’ll think you’re cheap for thinking that game is overpriced, and I’m scandalized at the thought of paying $15 for those cookies. 😄

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Megan K.

I mean… I can’t EAT the tumble tower though! 😂

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Jackie

Wow, clearly we’re adding $100 for shipping.

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Diamond

If you Google the tower game you can find it for $65 New at a different luxury site, same tower set.

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Lizc

Love the review, and would find the jenga especially irritating since I have icebreaker questions written on all my jenga logs. Tried this subscription once, I’m not impressed.

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Tat

We are in the middle of a pandemic.
This box needs more booze.

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Megan K.

I think you nailed it, Tat.

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Joy-Not the Other One

Okay, so I can’t help myself. I know it is silly but I have to ask, is this some FANCY form of acrylic that I do not know about? And by that I mean is it scratch resistant or something? I live in the South so my collection of monogrammed acrylic serving trays is quite expansive and I’ve yet to own one that doesn’t eventually end up with scratches on it from use. Seeing as how these blocks are meant to tumble down numerous times while hitting all kinds of surfaces in the process I have to ask-does it not give anyone else palpitations thinking of scratching up a $175 game when you play it? To me it makes about as much sense as a set of dice being made out of porcelain.

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Mellissa

I would have loved the Jenga game had it been done in rainbow jewel tones or pastel textures. But clear acrylic is loud and will show scratches. It needs to be more of a home decor piece. It could have taken inspiration from Grimms wooden rainbow and put maybe a $60 to $90 retail on it. It looks too cold and boring imo.

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Megan K.

Pastel rainbow would have been a dream!

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Amy

I’d rather get $145 worth of limoncello

Seriously, TJ Maxx impulse buy for $5 crumbly cookies and bougie jenga that is overpriced by at least $150.

I would probably attach the blocks together and use them as a decorative trivet or maybe a few sets of coasters

If this were a $40 box I would be happy for having bought myself some limoncello, a snack and some craft supplies but at $150 that’s infuriating

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Beth L

Who pays 175.00 for a Jenga game even though it’s luxe. It makes me so sad when I see the reviews because it use too be the Top Dog of boxes. My fiance and I use to open together and it was so fun and unique. If they went back to the first year they were open people would come back.

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Suzanne

A heavier version of Jenga doesn’t sound like a great idea to me. I can’t even imagine how loud that would be when it finally falls over.

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Diamond

Those are very expensive blocks. Do they sell those games at the jewerly store?

A lot of luxury items are overrated anyways.

This would end up in a cabinet or something as I don’t play games. I’d be pretty upset with my box. I wanted this sub in the past when it was about $80 a month.. But I picked up the sober life and have no need for alcohol.

Even re-gifting this game for Christmas would still feel like a let down. Maybe to your boss? I feel like that would get brownie points!!

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Missy bee

Homegirl said I don’t play no games!! Lol lol maybe no games because your sober lol lol

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Christy

Now I want limoncello at 11:30 am, so thanks for that.

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Megan K.

I swear I wrote this review after 5 pm! 😂

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Rochelle

This made me laugh out loud! Also…me too 😂

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Plumeria

I get why you’re disappointed- I would be too at getting a glorified Jenga game. But isn’t that the point of luxury boxes and luxury products? Sure you could get a cheaper version of most luxury products but if you’re rich, you buy elevated versions of cheap things. If you can’t actually afford the luxury product on a regular basis, a luxury subscription box gives you an opportunity to get a luxury product at a discount.

I personally wouldn’t pay that much for an elevated Jenga game, but someone who has money to burn might. The problem is that subscription boxes are basically a gamble – sometimes you get stuff that you couldn’t afford regularly but sometimes you get stuff that no matter how much money you have you wouldn’t buy no matter what. It’s a risk either way.

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Bran

Yeah but it’s ACRYLIC, so it’s not like the extra cost is justified by better materials like with most luxury products. Make me a Jenga game out of Swarovski crystal and we’ll talk lol

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Sherri

Um, $175 for a game of Jenga? No, just no no no no no. I mean, who are they actually manufacturing that for? Are there really people out there that would pay $175 for Jenga?!? I understand the idea of luxury and treating oneself, etc. but on a game where stuff is just repeatedly stacked and then falls down? I don’t get it.

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Sarah

In my opinion that game is priced way too high. I looked on the Aurosi website and was shocked at the crazy prices. Backgammon for 500 ? I would understand if parts of the games were made from quartz or some hand carved stone. Theres just so many other things I can think to spend that money on.

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rach

This box seems like a complete rip off. $175 retail value for a jenga game?! Jeff Bezos himself wouldn’t spend that much on a jenga.

$129.95 + $14.95 shipping for a few cookies, liquor you could pick up at a packie for $30, and a kids game is not at all a “luxury” experience in my opinion……

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Pepper Pamplemousse

Agreed. A bottle of novelty booze, some cookies and jenga for $150? Ridiculous

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Dea

You are not cheap, you are intelligent. I’d call the value of this item $30 or $40. So they’re short the cost of the box, and no, there’s no “curation” to make up for it. Definitely needed a fourth item (and a luxury one at that, not dry cookies) to make this a box.

Megan, the reason that so many of us love reading your reviews is because you are not scared to call a spade a spade. PLEASE DON’T CHANGE, even if you did not actually pay out of pocket for the product you’re reviewing. Before your time at MSA, there was a trend to flower-up things that were absolute bombs. Then you and Jessica came in and were not afraid to tell the truth in your reviews.

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Jessica Hapak

Chiming in to say thanks, Dea! It’s an honor to be in Megan’s company and know my review style is valued 🙂

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Dea

My only complaint is that you don’t include enough photos of Duchess.

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Megan K.

I won’t change Dea. And I really appreciate your comment. Reviews can be a delicate dance, right? I say that meaning that sometimes readers are going to dislike something I love or vice versa. My goal is always to be as upfront as possible without alienating a reader who had a different experience or -worse- turning what was a positive box for someone into a negative just because I felt differently. I can be (admittedly) gentle with my criticisms, but this is keeping in mind the vast amount of differing opinions out there. I hope that you can still always understand what I am thinking from a personal perspective though! 😊

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Zo

I agree. Hearing “this is my favorite box ever” with box after box got a little stale.

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