A few weeks ago, I announced I’d release a series about subscription book boxes. What better way to kick off this series than with a discussion of the nitty gritty of subscription boxes in general!
So, the million dollar question: What ARE subscription boxes? Subscription boxes fill various niches, whether its fashion, health, fitness, tea, coffee, books… just to name a few. Though the content may be different, they all have the same basics. To get a box of goodies, you purchase a subscription to the box type you want. To have a subscription means to agree to advanced payment of a good or service. With boxes, you choose different length subscriptions, as in a one month, a three month or a six month subscription (it can vary). Typically, the longer the subscription, the more money you save overall.
So, for example, with a monthly subscription which means you only pay for the box of the month, and it renews at the beginning of every month, charging your credit or debit card each month. If you purchase a three month subscription, you pay upfront for three months – meaning you’ve purchased three boxes. It will NOT renew every month, but instead, renews every three months. You still receive one box a month for that three month time period. The same idea applies to a six month purchase – you pay for six months upfront, receive one box a month for six months, and will not be charged again until six months later, when the subscription renews (unless you cancel before then to avoid renewal).
I also mentioned that the longer the subscription, the more you save. For example, say a monthly subscription costs $30. Every month for six months, you pay the company $30, totaling $180 spent over the course of six months. However, say you pay upfront for a six month subscription, you spend $165, meaning you save $15. The downfall, however, is you pay for all of it at once.
Whew! That was a lot of information all at once, and I have a little more. Where do you find subscription boxes? Well, you can find them just about anywhere – Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Just enter your preferred niche and add the words “subscription box” and you’re sure to get plenty of results. The real task is making sure it is legitimate. For this, you need to follow a few common sense ides. Check out the website to see if it looks legit, looking up reviews and seeing if there are reps for the box. Look at Youtube and Instagram and other blogs for unhaulings is also a good way to see the product in past boxes as well!
For the rest of this series, I will be focus on only book subscription boxes. There are such a large variety of them, which will take some time. I’m hoping to break down each of them to help my fellow book hunters in their search. So keep an eye out as I continue to explore and discover, unhaul and explain these boxes! The first box I’ll be unhauling and discussing is my June box from LitJoy. Some of the other sites I plan to look into are first:
And trust me, there’s much more!
I’d love some feedback – did I help to answer any questions? Are there any more questions y’all would like me to answer? Does anyone currently subscribe to any boxes or is looking into it? Please let me know in the comments!