Whimsify Subscription Box
What this box is: “Whimsify is a monthly subscription box for readers who love young adult fantasy and sci-fi books. Each themed, monthly box includes a recently released young adult fantasy or sci-fi book, along with several bookish items!”
I am currently in the middle of figuring out if book related subscription boxes are a good idea for me as I purchase a lot of books and book-related items every month. Last month ( October) I got gifted the “Underdogs” themed Whimsify box, after a ton of reading of reviews online I was SUPER excited. They are a great company with great morals and amazing curated items ( that I saw from past boxes and Instagram photos). Looking at their “Past Boxes” section online I saw so many items per box that I was super interested in ( look at their March 2017- Beastly Box it looks INCREDIBLE)
The day my box came I was surprised with a $15 charge at the door. Weird-I thought, but not out of the norm if shipping was not included in the price at purchase- i’ll get to this again later.
Whats in the box:
The theme card and product descriptions.
Jane Eyre Bath Salts
Neville Soy Wax Candle
Stranger Things Bookmark
Losers Club pin
Small Lined Notebook
To me this was awesome I got things in the box I would for sure use and I was excited about the book as I had heard about it at my local bookstore.
Now comes the fun part, is this box worth my money? Like I said this box was a gift, but I got to see the receipt from it so it made this part pretty simple. To figure out if the box is worth my money I do what everyone does- I find the products online and then total up the prices and add in the shipping totals from each item to the cost. The breakdown looks like this:
|Whimsify Box||Price||Actual Retail||Price|
|Other- charge at door||$15.00||Other-||n/a|
*Note 1-not all the websites showed international shipping… so this price could be higher*
** Note 2- the bath salts and candle on their websites do not come in the smaller sizes so I used the price online and divided it by the size of the sample I got example: Bath Salts come in 16ox online at $18.45 so 18.45/4= $4.61)**
So going off the amount of $77.20 for the box+ shipping+ door fee this box is NOT worth my time. This might not be the case for you. Since I live in B.C, Canada I knew that this boxes shipping would be expensive but at the cost of $37.95 ( 22.95+15.00) that is JUST under the price of the box including its taxes. As much as I liked all the items in the box I would not be recommending it to my fellow Canadians or would I be subscribing to this box in the future. I feel like this box is very overpriced for the amount that you are getting, in my opinion, if I am paying almost $80 I am expecting full items- not sample sized. As well as $80 to me also should get me a few more products.
*** Two other things to NOTE
1. I did NOT convert any of the American $ into Canadian, so technically this box is way more expensive.
2. On the postage border slip, they said the box was worth $44?***