Tuesday, March 6, 2012

February Little Black Bag

This is my newest shopping addiction!  Little Black Bag is crazy fun if you like trying to score a deal with a little bit of the surprise element.  You can choose to do this monthly for $49.95 plus $4.95 shipping and tax (CA & NY) which brings it to roughly $59 or you can do a one time bag purchase for $59.95 plus $4.95 shipping and tax (CA & NY).  It works like this.  You take a style quiz and they pick a "bag" for you based on your answers.  I was a hounds tooth bag but the quilted bag described me better so I switched.  Once you take the quiz you get to see a gallery of items ranging in value from $7-$175 and you get to pick one thing you want.  Once you pick your one thing the company will choose 2 more items for you.  They will tell you the brand and value but you don't get to see the items until you commit to buy the bag.  Once you click purchase the contents are revealed.  This is where the fun begins!  You can keep all the items in your bag OR go back into the gallery and pick items you want to trade.  The trade is them sent to the person(s) with that item and they can choose to reject or accept your request.  You can trade one item for one item or if there is something you really want you can trade multiple items.  On the flip side you will also receive trade offers from people who want your items.  The trading period is open for 7 days and new items are added daily so you really should check the site at least once a day.  If you are happy with your items anytime within those 7 days you can choose to ship your bag right away.  Or you can do like I do and wait til trading has closed cause you never know what you're going to find!  At the end of the trading period they company ships your items and you get your treasures!

The good:

Like to shop? This definitely fills the shopping need.  It feels like you are shopping each day you check the website and look for items to trade or trade items with other members. 

Brands.  The brands are very well known brands.  Kenneth Cole, Disney, RJ Graziano, Perline, R&Em and many more.  The also put the retail price next to the item so you know approx. value. 

Multiple Item.  You can score multiple items and use them as gifts at a fraction of the cost!

Variety. They have handbags, sunglasses, cell phone cases, earrings, necklaces, vases, wallets, nail polish. Basically you will find something you like. 

Skip a month?  Don't want a bag this month, then skip it. You have 5 days to skip the month.  If for some reason you forget to skip you will be charged for the bag but will get double the items the following month. 

Not satisfied with the item you received? LBB will let you return the item for a credit.  The will credit you based on the numbers of items in your bag and priced paid.   

The not so good:

The price.  Yes $50 a month is a little pricey but if you break it down by item it's not so bad.  Also you can use it to find gifts or just skip a month. 

Pictures. The show pictures of the items and list the sizes but I would like to see them on a model (real or fake) to see the scale. 

Joining.  They company allows you to take the style quiz but to actually open your "bag" right away you have to invite 5 friends or post the link on facebook.  The other option is to wait for an email from them which takes about a day.  I personally don't like the idea of spamming my friends with email or posting stuff on facebook without knowing more about the product so I chose to wait for the email.  Once I did sign up I sent an invite to a friend and they still required her to send emails to friends to see her bag.  I think if someone sends you an invite you should be allowed immediate access.   
It's addicting.  Nuff said

Here are the pics from from my February bag. 

 This is what it looks like when you open the box.  The packages are wrapped like "Little Black Bags"

I ended up with 4 items in my February bag.  The items that were picked for me I was able to trade.    

1. Echo Velvet & Metallic Infinity Loop Scarf - retail value $48
2. Vince Camuto Sequin Chain Maille Bracelet - retail value $68.  This was my first pick and I LOVE THIS!
3. Set of 12 Robert Rose Textured Bangles - retail value $36
4. RJ Graziano Multi Layered Bead Necklace - retail value $40

So as you can see I received $192 worth of goodies for $49.95!  I know most people don't pay retail and I'm sure some of this can be found on sale but even the best bargain hunter would be hard pressed to find all 4 items for 50 bucks.

Verdict: I'm going to continue with Little Black Bag because it's crazy fun!

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