Friday, December 21, 2012

December Little Black Bag $29.99 bag

It's Little Black Bag time!  So I stared this bag at the end of November but it came in December.  So I don't feel bag for purchasing 3 bags in November I'm going to call this the December bag and try and refrain from opening another bag this month.  Now to be fair I opened this bag with gifts in mind and my first pick was a item I had chosen for a gift.   

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 $29.95 bag and I've done a separate blog post for the $49.95 bag. 

For the $29.95 bag you pick out one item to put in your bag from the gallery ranging in price from $8-$40).  The deal is for $29.95 you will receive between $50-$70 consisting mostly of accessories, beauty and jewelry items.  Once you pick out your one item you click "add to bag" and the company picks out 2-3 more items to put in your bag so it's value is at least $50.  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.  Unlike the $50 bag the trading period for the $30 bag is only 3 days.  This can work both for you and against you.  If you don't have the time to invest 7 days to trading this is nice BUT it doesn't give you much time to work your trading magic and get your perfect bag.   Once the 3 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 $50.   

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. 

The price:  $30 is much easier to risk than $50.  It seems the $30 bags are more for jewelry and accessory items.  This is perfect for me because I own purses that I"m partial to and don't normally buy new ones.    

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:

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.  

It's addicting.  'Nuff said

These are my $29.95 LBB treasures.  I started with 5 items and ended up with 8.  (The ring is on the lotion it's kind of hard to see in this picture)   

The Lavanila perfumes were smaller than I thought.  They are more like sample sizes and in my opinion not worth $8.  This is the ring.  It's really cute but feels kind of cheap.  It's bendable so it's a one size fits all ring. 

I received these in a two for one trade and wasn't thrilled with them but they are so much better in person.  I was originally thinking I was going to return them but after getting them I'm going to keep them. 

Baronessa Cali Oliva Hand Cream.  Value = $20.00

Secret Agent Beauty Diamond Girl Detective Lip Gloss. Value = $16.00

Lavanila lavender vanilla fragrance. Value = $8.00

Lavanila pure vanilla fragrance. Value = $8.00

Redken Curvaceous Shampoo. Value = $5.00 - This was a free bonus that was in my bag.

Flea Market Girl Arrow Ring. Value = $12.00 -

Jardin Geometric Pattern Circle Earrings. Value = $30.00

Lavanila Lip Shine Vanilla Blossom. Value = $7.00

The total value of my LBB is $106.00 or $84 if you don't count my referral item (Thanks J.C!) since that is an extra.  I started my bag with 5 items that had a value of $106.  I picked a pair of earrings for my main item but I ended up trading them because I realized they were longer than I thought.  I would like to try the hand cream but it's a gift, same with the lip shine.  I would like to have traded the Secret Agent lip gloss because I have so many lip glosses already but that's ok, I'll eventually use it.   

I like the $30 bags.  A couple of things I would change is the value should be at least double like it is with the $50 bags and I would make the trading 4 days instead of 3.  That extra day could make all the difference! 

Verdict: I love the Little Black Bag $29.95 bags!

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

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