Monday, June 25, 2012

June Little Black Bag

It's Little Black Bag time!  This is so addicting.  First of all I want to thank all of you that have used my referral code when signing up.  That was so awesome of you!  I hope all of you are enjoying your LBB experience as much as I am.  

Haven't joined the Little Black Bag club yet?  Want to know more?  Let's me explain.  Little Black Bag is a new subscription service with a twist.  It's sort of confusing to talk about but once you get going it's easy. There are people that open several bags a month.  I've really been trying to limit myself to one a month and have so far been successful.    

In a nutshell you join the monthly service and pay $49.95 plus $4.95 shipping and tax (CA & NY) which brings the total to roughly $59 or you can do a one time bag purchase for $59.95 plus $4.95 shipping and tax (CA & NY).  You pick out one item to put in your bag from the gallery of at least 200+ items ranging in price from $12-$105).  The deal on the bag is for $49.95 or $59.95 you will receive at least $100 worth of items.  So once you pick out your one item you click add to bag and the company picks out 1-3 more items to put in your bag so it's value is at least $100.  Now the catch is you don't get to see what those other items are until you pay for your bag.  They show you the brand and value so you can look through the gallery to see what the possibilities are.  The items will change depending on the value of the item you pick out.  Once you pick out your item and purchase your bag this is where the twist comes in .  You are not obligated to keep any of the items in your bag you can trade them with other members on the Little Black Bag website for items in their bags.  This goes on for 7 days.  Once the 7 days is over your bag closes and ships. Now if anytime during those 7 days you are happy with your bag and want them to send it to you just click ship my bag and off it goes to your happy little hands. 
The trading part of it sounds more confusing than it actually is.  Say you get a necklace picked out for you that you really don't like.  You can go into the gallery pick something you like and offer to trade it for something in your bag.  You don't actually talk to the people you are trading with it but you just put your trades out there and hope someone else with an open bag accepts.  Tons of trading goes on so don't worry about not being able to trade your items.  I have never kept the item I started with and haven't had any issues trading items I'm not a big fan of.

The good: 

Like to shop? The definitely fills the shopping need.  It feels like you are shopping every time you check the website to look for items to trade with other members. 

The value:  Your bag is guaranteed to be worth at least $100.  My lowest bag was $164 and as high as $400. 

The brands. The brands are well very well known.  Kenneth Cole, Disney, RJ Graziano, R&Em, Gorjana, Sakroots, and many more.  

Multiple treasures:  You can score multiple treasures and use them for gifts at a fraction of the cost. 

Variety. They have handbags, sunglasses, cell phone cases, iPad cases, earrings, wallets, nail polish, home :items, etc.  You will find something you like. 

Skip a month? Don't want a bag with month? then skip it.  The company sends and email on the 1st of every month and you have 5 days to decided if you want to skip or open a bag.  If you forget to skip for some reason they will charge you for that month but you will get double the items the following month. 

Need a gift? Send them their own little black bag.  You purchase the bag and the company sends the recipient and email saying they received a gift.  Who wouldn't love picking out their own treasures! and what a unique gift.  

Received your items but didn't like it:  LBB will let you return the item for an exchange or refund.  The refund will be prorated based on the number of items in your bag and price paid.  In an exchange you will receive another mystery item in your bag with a value of within $5 of the exchanged item.  I've done the exchange process and it was fairly painless.  I had to pay for the return shipping but once the company received the items they sent an email confirming receipt and I received items in my next bag of similar value.   

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: They 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.   


Want more, more more:  You can only open one bag at a time however there is no limit to the number of bag you can open.

Time: In my opinion you need to really be on top of the emails to get the best deals.  I'm fortunate enough to have a job where I can check my email frequently can really stay of top my trading for the 7 day period.   



It's addicting.  Nuff said



My Little Black Bags arrived in a Big White Box.  The items are all wrapped up to look like little black bags.



Here are all my treasures.  I have a variety of items this month I'm excited about. 



Close up of my pink hoop earrings, bath salt and Kabuki Brush. 


Close up of my earrings, eyeshadow, eyeliner and diffuser. 

I've been eyeing these both these earrings for awhile.  I am SOOO happy to finally have them. 



Contents of bag.  Retail price listed in parenthesis.

R&Em Leopard Tote. value $68.00 - This is the item that I started with.  I didn't trade away my starting item this time!

Michael Marcus Mauvelicious Eyeshadow. value $23.00

Michael Marcus Trashy Cake Eyeliner. value $25.00

Truth Art Beauty Mint Blend Bath Salts. value $15.00

R. J. Graziano Pink Threaded Hoop Earrings. value $35.00 - love these!  I have the dark blue pair also

Robyn Rhodes Branch Earrings. value $68.00. I have bought Robyn Rhodes items before from her website and really liked it.  Very well made and super light.  The funny thing about these earrings is they were backwards on the wire.  I could have returned them since they would technically be considered defective but it was a quick fix to turn them around and I love these earrings.  I emailed the company to let them know about the issue though. 

Kenneth Cole New York Shell Drop Earrings. value $26.00 - These are more lime/yellow than the bright yellow they appeared to be on the website.  This is actually better for me so I'm not complaining. 

Kenneth Cole New York Sticks & Stones Earrings. value $22.00

Xela 8 oz. Pomegranate Diffuser. value $30.00

Mineralogie Kabuki Brush. value $21.00 - This is very soft.  It lost a couple of bristles the first couple of times I used it but nothing outrageous. 

Disney Couture "Believe" Hoop Earrings. value $45.00 - love these!


The total value of my LBB this month is $378.00.  To be fair though I had 4 exchange items worth $124, a referral item worth $28 (Thanks Heidi E.), a gift for sending someone a gift bag worth $18 and a gift from Klout based on my Klout score worth $45.00.  So really $215 and 7 items of my bag kind of don't count.  If you don't count those items then this bag was valued at $163.00.  I am still totally ok with that because it's way more than the $58 I paid and I got some really cool stuff.  I am very happy with this bag.  I got some items for me and some for gifts.  I don't plan on returning any of these items.  Everything is just how I thought it would be and I'm thrilled with all of it. 



Verdict: I love Little Black Bag and I'm sticking with it. 



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

4 comments:

  1. Oh master- please teach me your Little Black Bag ways! I'm so bad at it that I'm afraid to blog it. Haha

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    1. You're so funny. To be fair this bag has some exchange and referral gift items in it so it had a lot of stuff. The bag I'm going to blog about this month had only one extra item in it from a referral so it's a little more realistic but still had a value of $188. I think the key to getting a great bag is to be dedicated to it for those 7 days. Another secret is to pick a "hot item" like a purse, tote or something that people want that you don't particularly care about. You will get multiple item trades for it which will give you more trading power for other things. It's like this crazy little shopping game, I think that's what makes it so fun. You have to constantly check your trade offers and check for new items and put trades out there. It's a lot of work but if you have the time then it can be totally worth it. I'm fortunate enough to have a job where I can check my emails frequently and I have an iPhone so I can check my trades when I'm not near a computer.

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  2. Yea, I hear what you are saying. I'm a stay at home mom so I certainly have the time! I think I'm going to sit down and REALLY commit in September!

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  3. That made me laugh. I'm going to "sit down and REALLY commit" It's true though, it's like having a second job for 7 days or a deadline on a special project. I'll be anxious to see how you do.

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