Saturday, March 17, 2012

March Little Black Bag

This week I received my March Little Black Bag.  To recap for those of you new here Little Black Bag is a new subscription service with a twist.  You purchase your bag but then you have 7 days to trade your items with other members.  Huh?  It goes like this:

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.  Once you take the quiz you get to see a gallery of items ranging in value as of today from $8-$100 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.

The value.  Your bag is guaranteed to be worth at least $100.  My February bag retail value was $192 and my March bag retail value is $164  

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, makeup, home items. 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 exchange or refund.  The refund will be prorated 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.  I have received a couple of pairs of earrings that were bigger than I thought they were going to be.    

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 March bag.  

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

I ended up with 4 items in my March bag.  Oddly enough I didn't start with any of these items.  That's the fun of this, you can always change your mind on something and trade it.       

1. Kenneth Cole Earrings (super sparkly)  - retail value $30
2. Ben Amun Chandelier Earrings - retail value $48.  
3. Carol Dauplaise Gypsy Earrings - retail value $18
4. Ben Amun Silver Pearl Bracelet - retail value $68

So as you can see I received $164 worth of goodies for $58.52 after shipping and tax.  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 58 bucks. 

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

**I pay for these services myself and am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Little Black Bag**

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