Original Fancy Box: December 2013

At some point Fancy decided they want to really make me work for this blogging gig.  If you’re a regular reader I’m sure you’ve been following my odd saga with the Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy box.  I thought that maybe, the regular Fancy subscription would be exempt from all these screw-ups.  I was wrong.  I have cards without items, items without cards and much confusion.  Harnessing the power of my frustration and best google-fu we’re going to get into the December 2013 box.

Box

We’re going to do this in a slightly different way. 

Open

We’ll start with the cards I got in the box (You will note there are more items than cards).

 Cards

Sunglasses
Quay Sunglasses
(Fancy Retail: $60.00; Amazon Retail: Average: $39.95)
Verdict:  Miss/On the Fence
So if you subscribe to any Fancy box for more than a couple months you are pretty much guaranteed to get sunglasses and headphones.  I like the shape on these, but the design just seems like too much for me.  I’m not sure if I’ll use them or gift them, but the box they came in is certainly nice.   As is fairly typical for Fancy, the cost on these seems pretty inflated.  I did a search for “Quay Sunglasses” on Amazon and it seems most retail for $39.95.  They do have some other really nice styles that I wish I’d received instead of this one.

Card
Holiday Card by Smock Paper
(Fancy Retail: $5.00)
Verdict:  Gift/Hit if it came earlier
So this item was one of those without a card so I did a bit of searching.  I really love the style of it (although I’d never pay $5.00 for one Christmas card).  I only wish this had come in an earlier box so I could have given it out as a gift.  Perhaps the idea was that Fancy was sending us a Christmas card?  Although it’s blank inside so that really doesn’t make sense.  It’s nice and I’ll put it aside for next Christmas.

 

Candle
Archipelago Holiday Travel Tin
  (Fancy Retail: $15.00; Amazon Retail: $13.00)
Verdict: Gift/Miss
Another item that frequents gift boxes: candles.  I generally love candles and I should love this one according to the description “the rich fragrances of cinnamon clove, mulberry cider and other holiday scents”, but I think those “other holiday scents” are what bug me.  I didn’t care for the scent so I’m adding it to the gift pile.

 

Lip Balm
Bib + Tuck Lip Balm??
(Fancy Retail:???)
Verdict: Miss
One of the items with no card is yet another frequent addition to subscription boxes: lip balm.  The logo is hard to read but it seems to say “Bib + Tuck”.  There’s no scent or flavor indicated but it does say its SPF 15.  I tried to search for this on Fancy and there are a billion lip balms and I couldn’t seem to narrow it down so I’m assuming I misread the font.  I love lip balms and typically can’t get enough of them, but the hard to read packaging and no indication of what kind of balm this is leave me flat. 

 

Eyelash Curler
Japonesque Precision Eye Curler
(Fancy Retail: $14.00; Amazon Retail: $10.00)
Verdict:  Miss
So this is where I got a card but no actual item.  Just judging by the photo it seems like a pretty standard eyelash curler.  I’m sure it does its job quite well, but I’m not feeling what’s so special about this that it should be included in a Fancy box.  If this was a makeup or beauty subscription I would be more forgiving, but a Fancy box should have things that are unique or interesting.   This is way too pedestrian.

 

Earbuds
Pipe Earphone w/mic by AIAIAI:
(Fancy Retail: $40.00)
Verdict:  Hit
Rounding out “the usual crap you get in subscription boxes” theme of this month are the ubiquitous headphones.  As a commuter, I destroy earbuds on a regular basis so having an extra pair is quite useful, but there is nothing special or interesting about these.  They didn’t even come in a fun color (and like most of my box they are also missing a card).  According to their Fancy page, they are “ergonomic” but I don’t really see much difference between their design and my $20 Sonys.  Again, nothing special to see here.

Full Box
Overall

So I contacted Fancy about my problems with the box, including my missing item.  They apologized and said they’d send out the eyelash curler right away and asked if there was anything else they could do.  I mentioned that I was a blogger and would appreciate if they could send me the links to the Fancy items that didn’t come with cards (particularly the mysterious lip balm).  This was on December 22nd.  As of yet, I have not received the eyelash curler or a response regarding those questions.

Now I can’t even begin to tell you what I paid for this box since I had leftovers of a gift card, a couple of referral dollars (as always, thank you!) and the gift card money Fancy has been giving me for various screw-ups.  The Fancy retail is $134.00 and the regular retail is $107.95 (not including the lip balm).

If the missing eyelash curler had been a bar of soap, this would have filled the BINGO board for subscription boxes.  Sunglasses, earbuds/earphones, candles, and lip balms are a constant in boxes.   What makes the difference is if they are interesting or compelling in some way.  None of these were and they all came in the same box.

I thought the idea behind Fancy was that it was supposed to send you cool, fun stuff that you didn’t expect or wouldn’t find anywhere else.   An eyelash curler you can get at a drugstore and black earbuds are not exactly “cutting edge”.

I’m also extremely disappointed in their customer service.  I expect that if I pay for a product, I receive it and if I don’t that it is *immediately* rectified.  It’s been over two weeks and I haven’t received my missing product and my questions remain unanswered. 

Fancy, you need to try harder.  Much harder.

 

What do you guys think?  Do I need to give up on Fancy or give them a break?

 

THE BACKSTORY

Fancy Box is a monthly subscription service that curates items that are popular on the Fancy website.  There are a few different subscription options.  They all cost $39 plus shipping (an additional $7.95).

#1 –Fancy box (Original)
This box features a collection of some of the most fancy’d items, curated by the fancy community. Each box includes $80.00+ of products in the categories of your choice. 
The categories you can choose from include: Men’s, Women’s, Kid’s, Home, Gadgets & Media.  It also lets you customize your Tshirt size and your cell phone type.

#2 Fancy Food Box
Each Fancy Food Box includes five or more food products – anything from cookies and chocolates to teas and sauces – along with a selection of tasty recipes and pairing suggestions.

#3 Celebrity Curated Fancy Box
There are seven celebrity curated boxes to choose from.  Each box includes $80.00+ of products.  Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

 

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Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box – December 2013 Box – The legend continues

Box
No, you are not having déjà vu.  I already reviewed a December 2013 Jennifer Love Hewitt box.  Another one magically appeared at my doorstep yesterday.  I was quite surprised, but I figured since the last one was the “Welcome Box” not the real December travel themed box other folks received, I was probably just getting back on schedule.  Cue my surprise when I opened the box to find yet another version.  I’m going to just jump into the items and then we can discuss my odd saga with the Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box.

Opening


Bracelet
Katie Dean Bad to the Bone Bracelet(Fancy Retail: $18.00)
Verdict:  Epic Miss
You might find that déjà vu feeling getting stronger.  It’s probably because this same cheap bracelet was sent in the last box.  I hated it then and I hate it even more now.

Rest
Steep Up to the Plate Teabag Rest:((Fancy Retail:$10.00)
Verdict:  Total Miss
Still feeling like you’ve seen and done this all before?  You have.  This teabag rest was in the November box.  I had it in my “gift” pile since I’m not a tea drinker and I still haven’t found anyone to give it to yet.  Now I have a matching set.  Joy.

Mug
Camera Lens Mug:
(Fancy Retail: $15.00;Amazon Retail: $10.69)
Verdict:
  Gift
This is an insulated mug that looks like a camera lens.  I think this item has a very specific audience and I’m not sure I see a “Jennifer Love Hewitt” connection.  Thankfully, there is a person on my Christmas list who would enjoy and use this.

Jewelry RollOpen Roll
Ted Baker Jewelry Roll
(Fancy Retail:$40.00)
Verdict:  Hit!
I saved the best for last, since this is the one item that made this box at least a little worthwhile for me.  It’s a floral print jewelry roll that you can use for travel.  It’s compact, well made and useful for any woman you know who wears jewelry and likes to travel.  It’s also an item I can actually see fitting in with the Jennifer Love Hewitt aesthetic that this box is supposed to have.  I wouldn’t have paid $40 for it, but it’s a nice piece to have.

Cards
Overall
Full Box

Before we even get to the dollars and cents we have a lot to discuss.  For those who aren’t regular readers, you can read about the start of this fiasco in my last Jennifer Love Hewitt box review.  So after I received the “Welcome box” instead of the regular December box, I contacted Fancy Customer service.  My big concern was for my next box, since I wanted to be assured I would receive the current box and not repeats.  I was assured that after the Welcome box I would be receiving the regular up to date subscription boxes.  Instead, this is what showed up at my door.

I’ve already sent Fancy customer service another email, and am awaiting a response.  Beyond that I have no idea what’s going on.  This isn’t the Welcome box, the regular December box and if it’s the January box then there are going to be a lot of angry subscribers because half this box is stuff they’ve most likely received.

Now, I had some money left on a Fancy gift card and with the coupon code I was charged $25.30 against my balance.  According to my calculations this box has a Fancy retail of $83.00  and (with the lower Amazon price on the mug) a regular retail of $78.69.   The only worthwhile item in here for me is the jewelry roll but I probably wouldn’t have purchased it at this time since I currently don’t have travel plans and I already have a jewelry travel case.

 I would say though that if you are considering the Jennifer Love Hewitt subscription, you hold off until they fix some of these issues.  If you want to try Fancy I’d recommend trying out the Cocha Rocha instead as that appears to be a similar aesthetic and seems far more consistent based on the reviews I’ve seen.  From what I can tell these issues with the Jennifer Love Hewitt box seem to be for recent newer subscribers or re-subscribers. If you’ve been subscribed for awhile with no interruption, you probably won’t be getting all these weird boxes.

If you get the Jennifer Love Hewitt box I’d love to hear your experience and thoughts.  If you receive any other celebrity curated Fancy boxes I’d love to know if you had any similar issues.

THE BACKSTORY

Fancy Box is a monthly subscription service that curates items that are popular on the Fancy website.  There are a few different subscription options.  They all cost $39 plus shipping (an additional $7.95).

#1 –Fancy box (Original)
This box features a collection of some of the most fancy’d items, curated by the fancy community. Each box includes $80.00+ of products in the categories of your choice.
The categories you can choose from include: Men’s, Women’s, Kid’s, Home, Gadgets & Media.  It also lets you customize your Tshirt size and your cell phone type.

#2 Fancy Food Box
Each Fancy Food Box includes five or more food products – anything from cookies and chocolates to teas and sauces – along with a selection of tasty recipes and pairing suggestions.

#3 Celebrity Curated Fancy Box
There are seven celebrity curated boxes to choose from.  Each box includes $80.00+ of products.  Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box: December 2013 “Welcome Box”

For info on Fancy subscriptions and a coupon code, jump down below.

If you’re still with me, let’s move on to the review of the December 2013 Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box.
Box

It seems this is the month that Fancy decided to test my blogging abilities.  First, there are no little cards to tell me about the products, but perhaps that’s not necessary since this box looks surprisingly familiar.  Why is it familiar?  Because it’s nearly identical to the very first Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy box that was sent out in May.   Let’s discuss.
Open

Beanie
Cake Unisex Beanie in Black (Fancy Retail: $40.00)
Verdict:  Miss
A fluorescent orange beanie went out in the JLH May box, so technically this black one is a huge improvement.  While I like knit hats, I don’t really do logos and this is pretty boring as far as hats go.  (I like a little flair with my headgear).  Fancy is supposed to be about the fun cool stuff you might not think to buy.  I can get these hats at any street corner in NYC for about $5.  To its credit, the beanie is well made and seems durable.  It would probably be a pretty nice gift for a guy who doesn’t mind wearing logos.

Bracelet
Katie Dean Bad to the Bone Bracelet (Fancy Retail: $18.00)
Verdict:  Complete Miss
This exact bracelet was included in the May box.  From a fashion standpoint, I like the idea of mixing whimsical little skulls with a metallic bead.  From an execution standpoint this item fails.  If you’re going to string one strand of beads on an elastic cord, those beads need to be fabulous in order for your jewelry not to look cheap.  These beads are not fabulous, heck the gold ones are basically just pony beads.  It’s an incredibly cheap looking bracelet and looks more suited to middle-schoolers than a grown woman.  This would cost you at most $3.00 to make yourself (and I’m being generous).  I find this item to be the biggest disappointment in the whole box.

Headphones
Urban Beats Headphones in Pink (Fancy Retail:$40.00; Amazon Retail: $32.50)
Verdict:  Hit!
These headphones were included in the May box but in mint instead of pink.  I would have loved the mint as that shade is more my speed, but I’ve been looking for this style of headphone to use on cold days (I figure they can double as earmuffs).  The pink is fun even if it’s not what I would have chosen.

Wayfarer
The Fancy Wayfarer
(Fancy Retail:$30.00)
Verdict:  Like

The May box included the basic black wayfarers (shown in the link) while this one had a patterned pair.  I could always use an extra pair of sunglasses and I like the print and shape of these, however it seems an odd addition for this time of year.  They seem way better suited for that earlier box.  I do prefer this print to the solid black they sent out before.

Full Box
Overall

With a Fancy discount coupon and a couple of referral dollars I was charged $25.30 which I used my gift card to cover.  The Fancy retail of this box was $128.00 and the retail with the lower Amazon price was $120.50.    Unfortunately I think both the beanie and the bracelet are far over-valued for what they are.

 Thankfully, the headphones coupled with my discount made this box worthwhile, because at full price I would have been hugely disappointed.  Even putting aside the fact that this box is pretty much a duplicate of a previous one and didn’t include any cards, it still doesn’t measure up. The bracelet is cheap, the beanie is boring and they could have done so much more interesting stuff for the holiday season.

I wasn’t subscribed at the time of the May box, so thankfully this box isn’t a duplicate for me.  I’m interested to see what happens for currently subscribed folks that received that May box already.   Will they be getting something different or a redux of that same box?

I have to say that if there is a totally different December Jennifer Love Hewitt box that other subscribers receive, I will be uber disappointed and probably put in a complaint to Fancy.  While the original subscription is different per customer, the celebrity ones are supposed to be the same for all the subscribers and I feel like I’ve gotten the leftovers instead of a brand, spanking new celebrity box.

So the question for you dear readers is: even if you hadn’t received the box before, would you be upset to receive a duplicate of an older celebrity box instead of the current one?

UPDATE!!!
I contacted Fancy about recieving an older box instead of the current one and got a very quick response. It is as follows: “Whenever a Fancy Box subscription is cancelled, and re-subscribed, the latest one is always treated as a new subscription. It just so happens the Jennifer Love Hewitt Subscription has a welcome box of her favorite items; when a new subscription comes in, that would be the box sent…This is only exclusive to that specific subscription.”

I had canceled and resubscribed in order to use a coupon code so that it what caused me to receive the “Welcome box” from May.  Fancy was gracious in their response and also gave me a $15 giftcard.  If you had a smiliar situation to mine, I’d suggest dropping them a line.  I’m not sure which other subscriptions are affected by this type of problem, but I was told the original Fancy box is not.

This “welcome box” issue is going to be extremely problematic for people that like to experiment by trying out different Fancy boxes thus canceling and resubscribing frequently.  So currently, if you are interested in the Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy box and decide to subscribe today you will recieve this “Welcome Box” and not whatever the current box is.  After your welcome box, your subscription should just pick up with whatever is current. 

I strongly hope that Fancy rethinks how they’ve set up this subscription because if someone hates this box, they will still need to purchase it in order to get access to a Jennifer Love Hewitt subscription.  They are going to run into a lot of people just opting for a different subscription at Fancy or going to one of its competitors.  There will also be quite a few confused and angry subscribers who will read blogs like mine and wonder why they are getting a different box than everyone else.   Please fix this Fancy before the small problem becomes a big one.

 

THE BACKSTORY
Now is a fabulous time to try out Fancy.  For the Holidays they have 20% off everything on their site:  Just use the code HOLIDAY at Checkout!

Fancy Box is a monthly subscription service that curates items that are popular on the Fancy website.  There are a few different subscription options.  They all cost $39 plus shipping (an additional $7.95).

#1 –Fancy box (Original)
This box features a collection of some of the most fancy’d items, curated by the fancy community. Each box includes $80.00+ of products in the categories of your choice.
The categories you can choose from include: Men’s, Women’s, Kid’s, Home, Gadgets & Media.  It also lets you customize your Tshirt size and your cell phone type.

#2 Fancy Food Box
Each Fancy Food Box includes five or more food products – anything from cookies and chocolates to teas and sauces – along with a selection of tasty recipes and pairing suggestions.

#3 Celebrity Curated Fancy Box
There are seven celebrity curated boxes to choose from.  Each box includes $80.00+ of products.  Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

 

COUPON CODE:  FOLLOWUP10 to Save 10%

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