Friday, 5 December 2014

Why I cancelled my Glossybox

Some of you observant Bloggers have noticed the lack of Glossybox post from me this month and the simple reason is because I cancelled it.  It wasn't a decision I took lightly, after all I had subscribed to it for well over a year and it wasn't all bad, but when I decided to write my list of pro's and con's as to whether or not I kept it, it wasn't pretty reading, so I thought I would share some of those with you in a post and I would love to know your thoughts.

Some of the topics in this post will cover:

  • Glossydots
  • Special Boxes
  • Themes
  • Brands
  • Samples
  • Like, Love Loathe - products

Every month as people began to showcase their boxes, mine would arrived and more often that not I was disappointed with the contents, it was as though they had come to the bottom of the pile and just chucked random items in and it came to the point where I was preferring the design of the box to the contents.

One of the things that really irritated me recently was the change in compensation on Glossydots.  To drop from 50 to 20 I think was just a bit mean. For those people who are not subscribers, essentially every month you complete a short survey on each item in your box in exchange for 50 dots (now 20) which went towards getting a free Glossybox.  Each year you would get one or two 'free' Glossyboxes, where your subscription wasn't taken and your box was free.  To get this box you needed 1000 Glossypoints, so after every 4 boxes you probably had enough to 'cash out' - now at 20 points, it will be almost one year before this happens.  Add to this that any surveys you had to complete in your profile inbox were automatically reduced in value to 20 dots - slightly unfair in my view because we don't always use the products within a month to complete the survey to give an actual view.

The next thing that has been irritating me is the 'special' box. Currently (though it may now be sold out) there is a Harvey Nichols Box  which is full of really good items from really good brands - Laura Mercier, NARS, Benefit, OPI and Elemis to name a few.  Now this box costs £30 to subscribers plus P&P and £35 plus P&P and my main issue is -  WHY are these brands never in the boxes I have been paying for all this time? Why make it a 'special' box that anyone could have, when as a gesture, turn it into a box as a thank you or even keep it at the same monthly price? 

The themes - hmmm another issue I always had. Take the Stars and Stripes box that came back in July (you can see it here) and well I think from the comments that I got from other Bloggers let alone my own post, you can see the views and I didn't use a single item from that box, including those replacements. Compare that box to the Superdrug special  which you can see HERE,  for me, this is the best Glossybox I have ever had, not only did I use all the products, I actually re-purchased most of them.  For me, there is no point in having a theme if the products just don't fit it.  Dark Romance is just another odd theme to have with these products as the content.





Then we come to the brands.  One of the reasons I joined Glossybox was to try new and exciting products from brands I had heard of, maybe even bought products from and in the hope of discovering new brands.  Well, I guess I got a mixture of the two in many ways but then the repeated products would appear in another box later in the year, or there would be a few months where the same brand would appear and it began to grate on me a little bit which takes me back to the surveys.  As ive said, every month you get a survey to fill in about your products within your box and one of those questions is whether or not you like it, want to see more of them in your box and so on... so why if you say no, do they keep appearing? I got to the point with my surveys where I didn't see the point in completing them as I felt like no one was reading them.

Samples - now if I am paying £12.95 for a beauty box, I would like something more than a sample I can find in a magazine, admittedly some magazines had better freebies some months than my Glossybox (see this the March box).  Now I am all for perfume samples, though not every month, and samples of creams, but please, can they be bigger than two fingers worth which means I get to try them once and not form a view on them and nor do I want sachets of cream that I can get in Cosmo.

This wasn't meant to be a ranty post because it hasn't all been bad.  Infact had I not subscribed to Glossybox I would might never have tried Dr Lipp Nipple Balm which is one of my Holy Grail products, nor would I have bought Max Factor Primer, which I also love or the Nuxe Masque Creme Fraiche which I have a review on soon.  But from all the products I have had over the time I subscribed, isn't it quite sad that those are the only two that come to mind and jump out at me that I have loved? And that is what finally did it for me.  That and the USA both for a Tarte product this month, which alone would have been amazing but if I start comparing the UK box to the ones in the USA, I will get even more angry!

So that is for now, the end of Glossybox for me.  I am quite sad in a way because I did enjoy the excitement of getting the box every month, but I won't miss the disappointment of not getting products I want to use and I get to save an extra £12.95


Do you still subscribe to Glossybox? 
Do you think I have made any valid points?

31 comments:

  1. I do like the box designs, but if the items inside don't compare, then whats the point? I don't blame you for cancelling.

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    1. Good sharing, Glossybox and Memebox are one of the Korea’s greatest beauty ongoing services, box way up about several to six cosmetic goods or biological samples and ship those to subscribers each month. Read more at:
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  2. Hmm, These issues would annoy me aswell...mainly the sample sizes. I think you did the riht thing and would probably forward this post to Glossy Box as feedback. x

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  3. Great post! I subscribed to GlossyBox in their second month after coming out and kept it for a year I think. I was more and more disappointed with every month and box and it got to the point I was just angry at their customer service etc. OK, they did replace my few boxes which were lost on the way, but it was just so frustrating - especially if you are a blogger keen to write a post about the contents - even first impressions! I never even bothered with glossy dots (they were introduced when I decided to cancel anyway) and from your post it just seems plain mean! Honestly, it was such good decision for me to cancel, I'd rather save these almost £13 monthly and add them over 12 months and get something nice or spend it at Superdrug. ;)

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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  4. This was a really interesting read, I've always heard mixed reviews of all subscription services. But I think the points you've raised our interestings. Good for you for weighing up the pro's and con's and making a understandbale choice.

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  5. I love the look of all the boxes in terms of their design. It sounds like there have been lots of changes though and not in favour of the consumer. Maybe they'll listen to people if enough leave....

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  6. It sounds like you have made the right decision. I hope that you get something fantastic with your £12.95 each month :-)

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  7. You made the right choice girl! I have myself unsubscribed to some of the subscription boxes that I previously enjoyed.

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  8. A very interesting post. i find that it is such a gamble with subscription boxes! doesn't matter how many reviews you read, then it really boils down to trying yourself. You definitely made a good choice!
    xo
    Alice|Alice's Beauty Madness

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  9. Great post, and not ranty at all just straight to the point!
    I subbed to Glossybox but cancelled it years ago purely for the fact that I didn't think it was value for money at all.
    My Little Box is sooo much better and in a totally different league.
    Save your pennies for that box. xx

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  10. oh that is so bad ... people usually subscribe for those boxes caz of ist worth and they can try products .. but with samples it is not just possible ...


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  11. I love the idea of trying new stuff, but I'm not a fan of these boxes, mainly for the reasons you've p;ointed out

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  12. I always love reading an honest review! I am still a newbie to Glossybox so I feel I cannot really join the debate for the pro's and cons etc (only on my second box) but I can see where you are coming from. It would be absolutely lovely if Glossybox did include brand like Laura Mercier, Nars and OPI etc every month. I was only introduced to subscription boxes this year through my blogging but I have to say there are so many around these days that I am sure everyone will find the right one for themselves :)

    Sophia Meola | A Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  13. Shame that you have cancelled your subscription, I know a lot of people who haven't got on with Glossy Box.

    Sophie
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    www.pocockins.co.uk

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  14. I get why you cancelled, I've cancelled a lot of the ones that I was previously sub to

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  15. I always thought about getting Glossybox, but I'm more of an Ipsy girl myself

    skinstuffbykaty.blogspot.com

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  16. hey doll I am from the USA and the box isn't all the cracked up to be to the point I cancelled and said the hell with them. I am paying $21 a month for what! Some of the themes of the boxes didn't match the products. and Some of the full size were products what were being discontinued and we didn't have the glossybox points. NOt to my knowledge but i went with Ipsy and Birchbox and just kept it trucking because Glossybox was not cutting it. and it's so funny that some of us bloggers would be so jelly of the UK boxes. lol . xx Cyndi www.cdelbeauty.blogspot.com

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  17. So sorry you had to cancel.. but I can see why!

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  18. I cancelled mine a while ago as it no longer seemed to be a good deal - they were sending things I wouldn't use and some of the things were a bit random!

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  19. I gave up with glossy box ages ago as they just didn't take notice of my requirenments

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  20. Great post! You've got to get it all out sometimes :-) like you said, at least now you can use the £12.95 to treat yourself in Boots and Superdrug and get things you will actually use! xx

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  21. That sucks! You need to try memebox ;) It hasn't disappointed me yet and I don't think it will :)

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  22. I don't subscribe to ny of the beauty boxes anymore for all of the above reasons! If I see one I like I will buy it, yes it takes the surprise element out of it but at least I know I will be happy with the contents. Great post.

    Em

    www.emsmixedbag.com

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  23. I get glossybox and have been thinking about ending it as it's too hit and miss and I agree with all of your points. I haven't filled a survey out in ages and wasn't even aware that they lowered the amount of glossy dots, after xmas I'll deffo cancel x

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  24. I've never subscribed to glossy box but I have done birchbox and others and they all more or less seem to be the same! It's a shame...!

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  25. It sounds like you've made a good decision, they obviously weren't listening to what their consumers were saying in the surveys.

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  26. It's horrid when you find something to be so disappointing. I don't subscribe to any boxes at the moment - it's always a bit of a gamble, I suppose.

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  27. I never got around to getting any boxes... I always wanted to as I enjoy new products but so far I didn't yet

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  28. That has been the thing that always put me off subscribing, that when I read reviews it seemed very hit and miss as to whether I would use all or even some of the products each month, in the end I decided the £12 was better spent on buying something I would definitely use!

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  29. Definitely agree with your decision if you weren't getting items you like or use, better to spend the money on something you'll actually use :) I guess it's a risk with a service like this but as you say, why bother with the surveys if they're not gonna listen? And repeated items would really annoy me too...

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. It sounds like a bad deal to be honest. I can't believe that they are making you pay for samples when most samples are free.

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