Monday, September 23, 2013

September 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 VIP gift worth $25-$425. Now I knew the chances of me getting the big value purse was pretty low but I was hoping for something in the $100 range.

The cost of the whole bag depends on what you open with. The purse 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. If you don't want to be charged just be sure and skip by the 5th of every month. If you do end up getting charged they money just sits in your account until you are ready to use it.

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

The good: 

Like to shop? It's fun looking though the gallery and picking out treasures. I have found trading to be slow but I hear it's busier around the 1st of the month.   

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.  

Sorry for the terrible pic. I was at a desktop computer and had to use my camera phone to take the pic. The purse is my pick. At this point you aren't committed to purchasing. This screen tells you what your other items will be once you click purchase.

Yay! I got a purse worth almost $100 as my gift. It's not the $425 item but not a bad pick. 

Here are the rest of my items. The purse at the end is my referral item. (Thanks Sara S.)

I think most of you know how the trading ends up. Very rarely do I end up with the item I picked. 

Close up of the earrings and eyeshadow.

All my Little Black Bag Treasures with retail price listed:

Melie Bianco Lynn Polka Dot Satchel. Value = $104.00 - I just think this is the cutest purse. The only bad part is the cell phone pocket inside is super small and I know of no cell phone that would fit in it. 

Mata Traders Chance of Rain earrings. Value = $18.00 - I thought these were super cute. I originally picked them for myself but I think my mom will like them. 

BCBGenration Studded Frame Clutch. Value = $78.00 - I was drawn to the color of this purse. 

MMS Design Studio Striped Canvas Clutch. Value = $50.00 - I've been looking at this purse for awhile now and I'm not sure why because I have no idea when I will use it. 

Pandora's Makeup Box eyeshadow in Smokey Brown. Value = $18.00 - I'm in a brown phase with my makeup so this seemed like a good trade.

Sebastian Re-Shaper. Value = $17.00 - I can always use hair product. 

Clairol Repair Daily Shampoo. Value = $11.00 - I'm overflowing in shampoo right now but it will get used eventually. 

The total value of this bag is $296.00 or $246.00 if you don't include the referral item (Thanks Sara S.). Not a bad haul! I was really happy with all my items and I liked the VIP purse that I had originally got but I like the purse I ended up with much better. I've been eyeing those umbrella earrings for awhile so I was super happy to be able to trade for those.

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

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