Recently I've been looking at monthly subscription boxes. I love getting happy mail so was looking into trying something new.
I'm guessing as a result of my google searches my inbox has become full of '50% off first month' vouchers and trial offers for these.
I love a bargain :) So we signed up for a couple to test them. One of which was degustabox. The idea behind this is you pay £13 a month and they send you a box of mixed products which have just come on the market to test out. Sounded fun :)
Ours came yesterday. I love parcels with little stickers on :) Doesn't take much to impress me lol.
- You can try things you might not have bothered with otherwise. In this box there was a bar of chocolate called 'conscious chocolate' which was raw, organic, vegan, hand-made etc etc. Normally I wouldn't have given this a second look in the shop but it was YUM!
- What you get is a surprise. This is a two sided coin of course but it's nice to have a little surprise in the post I think.
- It's cheaper than buying the individual items. The value of all the items in the box was about £20 if memory serves. So if I had paid full price for the box it would be £7 off. There were also some money off vouchers for if I decided to buy the products in store which was a nice bonus.
- What you get is a surprise. We were lucky in that we liked almost everything in the box (the Clarks fruit syrup reminded me of lactulose medication, yuk) however if you're a little fussier this isn't for you.
- You won't get everything advertised. Each month they do a sum up on their website of what they sent out. You don't get everything they list just a selection of it, so you might end up wishing you got someone else's box.
- You don't pick flavours. As above they send different flavours out to different people, I would have prefered the dark chocolate bar rather than the normal for example but you get what you are given.
- Packaging could be better. Our cereal was pretty bashed which isn't too big a deal but I've read of others having smashed jars etc in their boxes.
Will we keep this going? No. For £6 it was a nice change but I don't think the risk is worth £13 a month. I get the feeling we'd end up with items we'd use because we have it, but we wouldn't have bought it iykwim.