These days there is literally a subscription box for anything! It sounds great, right? Pick your favorite topic, put down an amount of money ranging from moderate to astronomical, and get a box of monthly awesome surprises! Because if the box is all about what you love, every item HAS to be awesome, right?
More than 2 thirds, and I’m actually being generous in my estimation, of the unboxing reviews I see on youtube on all manner of subscription boxes, the buyer isn’t completely thrilled. Sometimes a person really loves one or two items. Those one or two items actually seem to live up to the entire box of awesome one expects to get when choosing a subscription box that supposedly represents a favorite beloved topic, interest or hobby. For me all the money spent isn’t worth loving maybe two of the items in the box on a good day. So why are these people continuously wasting their money on these monthly subscriptions? Is it an addiction? Are they hording?
Or is it simply the thrill of hoping, like a desperate gambler in Vegas, that this box will have THE one thing that will make their lives complete? Is it the rush of hoping for that one thing that keeps them paying monthly?
I don’t know. I just don’t get it. That’s a lot of money that ads up on a lot of junk they wouldn’t have bought if they’d seen it in a store in most cases. I just watch other people unboxing the subscriptions that I think could be interesting, and if I happen to see an item I want (rare but it happens) I just go and buy it off ebay. Like I said, most of the stuff in the box a lot of people don’t want so those enterprising souls who would like to make some of their money back, put items up on ebay for people like me to buy. Trust me it’s way cheaper than getting a subscription box full of things you don’t want.
I get it though. If I found a subscription box full of all my interests, giving me thrills monthly, sending me awesome things I maybe didn’t even know existed, I’d totally buy it! It’s just that…it really can’t work that way. Because just because you love horror, for example, doesn’t mean you love all horror or want crap of all horror in your life. It’s as simple as that so if you don’t love horror, take the same concept I just provided and stick it onto whatever you love because it will still fit. If you love all things faerie, for example, it doesn’t ean you’ll love the lime green glitter faerie T shirt you’ll get. Or perhaps you have enough faerie magnets already and will scream if you get another. LOL.
And that last thought brings me to another topic. There is only so much of your favorite things you can love even if you are insanely easy to please. So eventually the subscription box items will pile up and become too much. Even those boxes I see that try to tailor the box to a person’s tastes will sometimes send things a person already has, or having to do with a thing they like, lets say horror, but in a format they don’t, lets say enamel pins, just for example. So even tailoring one to your specific wants isn’t a sure thing.
Because of this I tend to be smart with my money and save surprises for XMAS and my BD, trusting those who love and know me to surprise me with good things I love and maybe didn’t know existed. Just like a subscription box but for free and actually cool.
There are a few boxes I have actually tried, but those who have the option to buy just one and not lock you into a subscription that you have to deal with canceling. Those have monthly themes so one can see if they’re interested in that theme or not before buying that month’s box. I have had pleasant experiences but none to completely wow me. It was mainly a thing to try out of curiosity and as you can see I did so carefully. The boxes were reasonably priced and again I could just buy one and I was aware of the theme in advance. It’s fun when one has the need to take a little risk if a theme sounds particularly intriguing. So sure it can be fun from time to time. I just don’t see the point of the constant monthly boxes of crap and the fact it’s become such a fad makes people look kinda strange from the side…