Thursday, July 19, 2012

July Yumvelope

This is my second Yumvelope.  This is a food/snack monthly subscription service.  Each month you receive a large USPS padded envelope filled with goodies.  The cost for this service is $21 a month with shipping included or you can sign up for their yearly plan at $228 for the year which brings the price down to $19 a month.  With that they promise to send a minimum of 6 full size items in each envelope.    

The good:

Variety: There is a good variety of items.  A couple of the products I received I've tried before and like so I was glad I received them.  

Discounts: The try and send a promo code for each product so you can order your favorite products at a discounted price.  

Size: They send full size products which is always nice.  

The not so good:

Value vs. Price: So far the value of items I have received is lower than the cost of the service by what I would consider a significant amount.



Contents of my July Yumvelope.



1 box of Gopicnic ready-to-eat meals in hummus and crackers. value = $4.99

1 GoGo Squeez Apple Cinnamon. value = $1.00 - I received these before in my June Blissmo Box.  It's really good and fun to eat for kids and adults. 

2.5 oz. bag of the Good bean chickpea snacks in sweet cinnamon. value = $3.16 - I received these in my June Gotham Box in Chili & Lime flavor which I thought were a little spicy.  These are much better, have a nice crunch and a sweet flavor. 

1 Macrobar granola w/coconut. value = $2.89 - The boyfriend said this tasting like a cheap Am/Pm energy bar.  I actually liked it.  I liked the coconut taste and I thought it tasted like honey but when I read the ingredients it said organic brown rice syrup.  It was a solid moist bar and left no weird aftertaste. 

1 Honey Stinger Waffle Bar. value $1.39 - I thought this was tasty.  Very soft but with a nice texture. 

3 packages of Tulsi Organics tea in lemongrass, pure tulsi and Spicy Tulsi Chai. value = $0.28/ea

I also received a discount code for 10% Go picnic products and 25% off honeystinger products.     

The total value of this Yumvelope is $14.27.  Better than last month's value of $11.46 but still $6.73 less than the $21 monthly fee or $4.73 if you pay for a yearly subscription.  As I said before a couple of dollars less is acceptable for the convenience of having items shipped to you but anything more than that is not ok for me.  Unfortunately for me I optimistically signed up for the yearly plan so I can't cancel or I would.  I'm not dissatisfied with the products but I don't think I should overpay for them.      

Verdict: Shouldn't have signed up for the yearly plan cause now I'm stuck for 10 more months.    


**I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Yumvelope.  I purchase these monthly subscriptions myself.  

5 comments:

  1. I love how you review the subscriptions and break down the prices! :)

    I will definitely not be trying Yumvelope, thank you

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    1. Thanks! I love getting stuff in the mail but I also like receiving a good value. If Yumvelope would step up their value to $18-$19 at a minimum I would feel better about it. The products are good but people don't like overpaying. If you're looking for a good snack one that is inexpensive check out Love with Food, they are $10-$12 a month depending on how you pay.

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    2. Hey there,
      We are different from other subscription boxes in that we send out full-sized, curated boxes. What a company like Lovewithfood will do is take almost anything they can get for free and put those in a sampler box. (This is why their price is only $12 monthly. BlissMoBox will include full-sized products, but ask for them at a steep discount from the suppliers. This leads to a lower box quality. Plus, they charge $6 shipping! I hope this addresses some of your concerns.
      Thanks!
      Sam
      PS: Many of your prices seem to be the cost of a 'value' pack purchased online. We allow you to try products without commiting to a 12 or 24-pack.

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    3. Sam - Thanks for the info. I'm sure potential future customers will appreciate your input. I have no issue with the products that are included in the box, for the most part they have been great. I just wish the value of the items received was closer to the $21 paid. I can get a lot of these items, like the bars and granola (not in a 'value' pack) and pay less. I can't imagine your company is having to pay retail price for these items to send them out to your customers but I could be completely wrong. I do however disagree with your statement about Blissmo being a "lower quality" box. I've enjoyed all 5 boxes I've received from them and the value has always been at or over the price paid including the shipping.

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  2. Sure, we're rapidly changing and expanding, so your input is greatly appreciated. We have lots planned for the coming months and I think you'll be glad you signed up for a year! We pay for the products we receive unlike a sampling service so that we can hand-pick the best products for inclusion. I think I may have come across differently then I intended to about Blissmobox: they are a different type of company from us. We prefer to include hand-picked items that we believe our customers will enjoy and eventually incorporate into their lives, while BlissMo includes a selection of (mostly) unusual items that are fun to try out and sample. Both are viable models; I have personally tried BlissMo and enjoyed the selection of dog products I received. Having said that, we believe 'value' should include the amount of use gotten out of a product. Thanks!
    Sam
    PS: We think you'll love the August box, and have a new donation program to announce that should be ready by the box's ship date. Details soon!

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