Thursday, November 29, 2012

November Little Black Bag

It's Little Black Bag time!  I skipped October because I couldn't find anything I really wanted.  I know crazy right.  Don't worry though I made up for it by buying two bags this month. 

If you are new to the LBB game here are the basics.  They have two types of bags you can buy.  This is a subscription service but you can skip the month and you won't be charged.  You just have to remember to skip by the 5th of the month.  The first type of bag is $49.95 plus $4.95 shipping and tax (CA & NY) and the second one is $29.95 plush $4.95 shipping and tax (Ca & NY).  On this write up I'm going to talk about the $49.95 bag and I've done a separate blog post for the $29.95 bag. 

For the $49.95 bag you pick out one item to put in your bag from the gallery of at least 200+ items ranging in price from $10-$100+).  The deal is for $49.95 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 they picked out 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 it sent 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, that rarely happens.    

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, Jessica Simpson and they are always adding more.  Also they add new products twice a week.       

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 still charge you for that month.  If you have a open bag during the 5 day time frame that counts as your monthly bag. 

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.  For 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?:  For now 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

These are all the treasures in my $50 bag.  I got a great backpack, a purse, a pair of earrings and two hair styling items from Pureology. 

This is a close up of the Koret purse. It has black sequins but it's not overly flashy.  The purse itself is small so it's definitely not an everyday purse, at least not for me. 

I love this Nila Anthony backpack.  I love the green color and all the little pockets on it.   

Nila Anthony Stripe Backpack. Value = $86.00

Koret Black Shimmer & Shine Shoulder Bag. Value = $58.00

Jardin Filigree Earrings. Value = $28.00

Pureology Colour Stylist Control Twist Wax. Value = $9.00

Pureology Colour  Stylist Silk Bodifier. Value = $9.00

The total value of my LBB is $190.00 or $166.00 if you don't count the referral item since that is an extra.  I started my bag with a Koret tote valued at $78.  I received a necklace valued at $45 and a headband valued at $10 and a referral item, a necklace (thanks Christelle V.!) valued at $24 with a total value of $157.00.  I ended up trading away everything.  I really liked the purse I picked out but the more I thought about it I knew I wouldn't use it that much so off it went.  The Pureology items were bonus items and I traded for those because they have value and Pureology products are awesome!  I liked the way the earrings looked on the website but in person they were a little big.  I really wish LBB would get better pictures on their website for size comparison.  It's no problem to return and I'll get a replacement item in my next bag.

Verdict: I love Little Black Bag

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

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