Thursday, August 1, 2013

July Little Black Bag

Once again LBB lured me into their web with a great deal I couldn't resist. If you opened a bag $49.95 or more you received a free purse. They were also running a limited time offer on referral bonuses. Instead of receiving and item valued at up to $50 you got an item valued at up to $100.

The cost of the whole bag depends on what you open with. The watch I opened with ended up costing $59.65 after my VIP discount, taxes and shipping.

Existing members are automatically VIP members. The basics of the VIP memberships is that you are charged $9.95 a month which you can put towards a bag or save your credits and open a bag when you're ready. Now I believe members that existed before the change have the ability to skip the month and not be charged the $9.95. I'm not sure if that option is available to those who signed up before the change

Shipping is $5.95 in the US except Alaska, Hawaii, APO/FPO and Puerto Rico is $11.95 and Canada is $15.95.

Returns/Exchanges - This is the biggest change. I didn't have any returns in this bag but back in April it worked like this.  Once LBB received my exchanged a button on the top of the page showed up that said "exchange". I clicked on the button and a gallery of items ranging from $15-$48 appeared. My exchange item had a retail value of $48. I didn't see anything I wanted so I didn't do anything. I checked it daily to see if the items changed and they did. I eventually found a purse I wanted that was also $48. I clicked exchange and the purse was added to my open bag and the exchange button disappeared. Easy peasy. If you don't have an open bag then you have to pay shipping on the exchange (both ways). If you are exchanging because of a defect or broken item they will pay shipping. You can trade your exchange item I didn't though because I was really happy with the purse and wanted to keep it. With all that being said I've heard that they have changed this recently but I'm not sure how.

The good: 

Like to shop? It's fun looking though the gallery and picking out treasures. As I said trading has really slowed down so don't expect a whole bunch of trading going on.  

The value:  Your bag is guaranteed to be worth more than you paid.    

The brands. The brands range from very well known to not so well known with price ranges to match and they are always adding more.  Also they add new products a few times 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:  Depending on what you open your bag with the price is very fair.

Received your items but didn't like it:  LBB will let you return the item for an exchange or refund.  

Referral program. They just changed their referral program so now when you refer people they get 25% off and you get a item worth $50 in your bag. What a great deal!

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.  

This is my pick. This screen tells you the price of the bag, value and what other items you will receive once you hit purchase. At this point you are not committed to buy. Notice the red button on the right that says more. This will show the additional items.

This was the additional item in this bag. Notice you can't see the item only the brand and price. If you go back into the gallery you can get an idea of what you will get.

This screen is the checkout screen. It confirms your items, price and gives you a total. Once you hit purchase you are committed. As you see I have my pick, my VIP gift, 2 stylist picks and a referral item.

I decided that combo and price looked pretty good so I hit the checkout button and purchased my bag. Now they reveal your treasures. My pick was the watch. My VIP gift is the purse and one of my stylist picks is the earrings.

My second stylist pick is the eye shadow. My referral item is the Latique tote. Can you believe it?? Not only is it valued at more than the $100, it's a new bag in the gallery and it's awesome!

At some point I ended up with the purple eyeshadow but traded it for this gorgeous headband.

Ok so now onto what I finally ended up with

This is the screen that comes up when trading has ended. 

                                                          More treasures!

This is what the email looks like at the end of trading. It's a summary of the items with the price breakdown.

Latique Madrid Tote, NuMe Ionic Hair Dryer, Pink Pewter Headband, Kenneth Cole watch, Pandora eyeshadow.

All my Little Black Bag Treasures with retail price listed:

Kenneth Cole Rope Watch. Value = $95.00

Pink Latique Madrid Tote. Value = $108.00 - Even though this isn't leather it feels really soft and sturdy. My only complaint would be there are no feet on the bottom so it might get dirty quick.

Pink NuMe Classic Ionic Hair Dryer. Value = $250.00

Pink Pewter Andrea Headband. Value = $22.00 - I really like these headbands. Not only are they pretty, they have a thick velvet band which is nice padding.

Pandora Makeup Box Soft Glo eyeshadow Value = $18.00 

The total ending value of my LBB is $385.00 not including the referral item (Michelle S.!). With the referral item the total value is $493.00. I paid $59.65 with taxes and shipping. I love the Latique tote. I originally had the grey one but but I received a trade offer I couldn't refuse so I gave it up. Luckily I was able to get the pink one back. have so many tote bags but I just can't help myself. I haven't tried the hair dryer yet because I might save this for a gift also. I have a tourmaline hair dryer already that I like but I wouldn't mind trying this. The boyfriend isn't thrilled that it's bring pink - I actually had the black one but I traded it for pink. What I really want to know is if it's quiet. I need a quite dryer since I get up two and a half hours earlier for work than the boyfriend. Anyone have one of these?

This coupon code that is good for new customers only and good for $15 off: 

Verdict: I still like LBB. The trading isn't as fast paced but they have some great deals still.

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  1. Fab bag! They have amended their policy. All members can skip regardless of when they joined. That changed (again) two months ago. I think they were losing new subscribers because of not offering the ability to skip.

    1. That's good. I would like it if I wasn't able to skip.

  2. Wow, ur VIP gift is so expensive. I just got a travel sized sample and my referral was 1/2 that value. U really scored!

    1. They were having a special where the VIP gift was a handbag or tote and they also increased the referral gift from $50 to $100. I HAD to open a bag with those hot deals!