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Community Sound Off: Most Expensive Sub Box Items

Lindsey Morse
ByLindsey MorseMar 1, 2022 | 8 comments

Community Sound Off is a new weekly series that opens up the floor to the community and shares reader discussion on a range of subscription-related topics. Each week, we'll pose a new question in the MSA Forum and feature our favorite answers here.

Recently, I asked the community to share their answers to the following question:

What are some of the most expensive items you’ve ever seen in a subscription box?

Personally, some of my biggest-ticket items have been $100+ tequila, a $200 DANNIJO necklace, and even $15 marshmallows coated with edible 24 karat gold. I was curious to hear about yours, and I was not disappointed. Spoiler alert: this thread is a wild ride. Read on to see what I mean.

Let's take a look at what you all called out as the priciest subscription box items of all time.

kate.kemp says:

It seems to me that Robb Vices always had very valuable items. I could never afford the box, myself, but I loved reading the reviews on MSA.

I subscribe to Breo Box which usually (I’ve not been impressed lately) offers expensive tech toys. However, it’s an expensive box to subscribe to, so I expect to receive interesting and valuable items.

ebb girls says:

What comes to mind now is the PopSugar Neiman Marcus box with the Kim Seybert placemats. $112 for four.

Sherri says:

[Insert RZ BOS/Curateur jewelry item of choice here]

All the jewelry in her box carries such a high RV. I think a few boxes ago the chain link necklace had an RV of $350? Don’t get me wrong, I actually like most of the jewelry in her boxes, but IMHO, the RVs are extreme for what they are.

irishmatnurse says:

The Rose et Marius tumblers and velvet pouches! The tumblers were in Oui Please and Luxor got into the act after the fact… I still use my tumblers daily. I think they were over$200 each… They have updated them and they come as poured candles now.

jnd6 says:

The missoni towels from box of style come to mind. The NM popsugar boxes always had a few big ticket items.

angelatrupo says:

The Stelle Pillar from Robb Vices was pretty expensive. I swapped for that.I remember the special edition Luxor Box had a $600+ purse in it - but I did not get that one.

woodall1880 says:

Dermaflash from the New Beauty Test Tube sub. box with a retail value of $189.


But, wait just one second. The thread hit a *record scratch* when someone recalled the following:


Jessica-MSA says:

I remember Luxor box having some really big listed values for the stuff inside. Omg. Didn’t they include like a voucher for a cruise one time? But there were a ton of strings attached and it was super difficult for any human to actually use it?

Shar says:

Omg I remember that!! I was so confused as to how they could offer a cruise, lmao.

Mandi says:

I forgot about that! Did anyone get to go on the cruise?


This question caught my eye, so I thought I'd do some sleuthing. I, too, wanted to know:

  1. Did Luxor Box really give away a FREE CRUISE!?
  2. If so, did anyone go on it?

Well, I won't bury the lead. This actually happened. I can confirm that Luxor box did in fact include a voucher for a free cruise. In late 2017, Luxor's Limited Edition Travel Box went up for sale for a whopping $450. The box was advertised thusly:

Travel in LUXOR style this holiday season. This box will be jam packed with 12 luxurious items for ALL your travel needs. This box contains all NEW items – not repeat items from past boxes.

Liz reviewed the box in December 2017, and showed off the included bracelet, scarf, leather tote and accessories, journal, travel set, and, that's right folks, cruise voucher.

While Liz reported at the time that the company behind the voucher seemed legit, cashing it in was not easy. It had to be redeemed via snail mail, required an up front cash deposit (to be refunded after the trip), and disallowed two people traveling together on multiple vouchers. There were also additional restrictions that made redemption tricky. Peeking at the comments of Liz's post, it's clear there were a lot of unhappy campers with free cruise vouchers they couldn't use. But there must have been at least one person who was able to go on a bon voyage, right? Well, maybe not. While redemption seems like it may have been possible, I couldn't find a single report of someone successfully able to make it on board the ship. Sadly, it seems this is one of those times when something seems too good to be true... and is.

What a wild trip down subscription box memory lane!

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What do you think about these high-value items? Did any catch your eye? Let us know in the comments!

Lindsey Morse
Lindsey Morse

Lindsey is a professional baker, cold brew coffee addict, and rosé aficionado who loves writing about food and wine. When she’s not sharing her love of subscription boxes with the world, you’ll find her in the podcasting studio, perfecting her cake decorating techniques, or cursing her way through the New York Times daily crossword puzzle. 

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The original Robb Vices was by far my favorite box and also landed me with some of my biggest scores! The Stelle speaker mention below was one of my favorites! I really enjoyed the curation / value back in the day!

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OMG! I remember opening the Robb Vices box that contain the Stelle pillar…that was the best box I have ever received, and that speaker is (still) amazing to look at and listen to.
I miss the true “Luxe” boxes. I can’t think of any that are left. I tried BREO box for a short time, but that box went from a “10” to about a “three” around the time that I subbed.
These days the most decadent box I can think of is the Margot Elena box, and that is almost exclusively bathroom products.
Fingers crossed that someone is able to create a new “Luxor Box” (or insert your own favorite “Luxe” box instead).

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Florence Whitman

Love this article, and really enjoyed reading the thread on the forum. The most expensive item I ever received was the controversial 111skin cream from allure last year. Iiked it enough(minus the strong scent) but not ever going to spend $270 to get a replacement.

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I lucked out getting two of the Missoni towels as Bo us items on discounted BOS box purchases. Man, that was a steal. Those towels are fabulous quality with a beautiful pattern. I also ended up with two of those $350 bold link collar gold plated necklaces. I sold one which paid for BOTH of my boxes and kept one.

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I’m surprised no one mentioned the Ayuna cremes in Beauty Heroes the last two Decembers, with their $455 RVs. Those numbers made my head spin, but I have to say my skin loved them. A steal at $43!

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Le Metier de Beaute was an annual subscription that regularly sent out fabulous beauty and skincare items. Their kaleidoscopes were always popular and I believe the highest value item sent was their Instant Lifting and Firming Face Serum valued at $350, $2 over the annual subscription fee. I enjoyed this subscription for several years until their unfortunate demise.

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Kate K

Great article! I’ve never subbed to Luxor so I had no idea they offered a cruise. Sad to hear that it seems no one was able to redeem it.

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Reading this and I have totally forgotten about LUXOR box. Lol

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