Original Fancy Box: May 2014

So I know this Fancy review is overdue, but it got delayed because I was waiting on a resolution to my many issues with my April Original Fancy box. As you remember I received a repeat item, an item in a category I did not have checked and none of the items seemed to fit the theme they mentioned. Well, apparently dry shampoo, a USB drive, a magazine, chalk board decals and lightning bolt stud earrings are actually “one of a kind” with an “outdoorsy” and “rustic” feel. Who knew? Anyhow, I went back and forth with their customer service for weeks. At first I was told you can only return one item, then I was told you can return any repeat items. After much angst, I was able to return the USB drive (the repeat item) and get $20 credit which I am putting toward a different Fancy box.

Now enough about the last box, let’s dive in to this one.
Fancy Box Open Box Open Box 2

So once again it seems that Fancy has gone with a theme for the box and this one is “going away for the weekend”. I think that’s a fabulous theme and I’ve got my fingers crossed that the items actually fit in this category.
Card

Splitter
Y-Split Headphone Splitter by TYLT (Fancy Retail: $15.00)
Verdict: Miss
While I understand the idea of “sharing” music or sound with these, are they really that useful? I mean, wouldn’t a Bluetooth speaker be better? Most folks either want to listen on their headphones or share with a crowd. I guess if you really want to share music with someone sitting next to you on a plane, this would be useful, but beyond that I’m not quite seeing it.

Travel Set
Beauty is Skin Deep Travel Kit by evo (Fancy Retail: $30.00)
Verdict: Hit!
This travel beauty kit certainly hits the theme and it has adorable packaging. I used this on a recent work trip to Baltimore and I found the products to have a lovely light citrus scent, but the shape of the bottles made it a little difficult to get out some of the products with a thicker consistency. Still, I really liked this and found it to be very useful.

Glasses
AJ Morgan Sunglasses (Fancy Retail: $25.00)
Verdict: Miss
So you may be getting that sense of déjà vu. Don’t worry you’re not having a stroke, you have seen this before. Since they sent the same brand in the March Jennifer Love Hewitt box. The only difference was they were a different color. Let’s not forget we also got sunglasses in the May Jennifer Love Hewitt, in fact, I’d argue that I’ve gotten sunglasses in more Fancy boxes than I haven’t. On the positive side these are a nice classic pair. But Fancy really really really really needs to stop sending out sunglasses. Really.

Wraps
What Filter Should I Use? Nail Wraps by NCLA
(Fancy Retail:$16.00)
Verdict: Like
Along with polish, I am now accumulating lots of nail wraps thanks to my subscription box addiction. I think these are fun and go right along with the travel theme. The pattern makes them more suited for accent nails. My one beef is that for the same month the Jennifer Love Hewitt box also had nail wraps. If Fancy really wants customers to subscribe to more than one box at a time, they need to put more effort into not having overlapping products in the same month. I can see a few months down the line, but you shouldn’t be getting stacks of the same item each month.

Tshirt
Weekend Warrior T-Shirt (Fancy Retail:$28.00)
Verdict: Sigh
I’m going to be frank with you guys. I have big boobs and have since like 6th grade. This means that if I want a tshirt with a logo or a picture to not be oddly stretched, I need something roomy. So I set my WOMEN’S size for extra large. Yet Fancy likes to send out unisex or as I call them “men’s sizes” instead. This means that this tshirt is super damn gigantic. As in my over 6 foot tall, broad shouldered boyfriend can wear it with room to spare. For the love of all that is holy, STOP WITH THE UNISEX TSHIRTS!!! Or if you must send them, make two areas on our profiles to list our tshirt sizes. One for your men or women’s size and another for the unisex size. I actually liked the design on this one, but I passed it along to my boyfriend since there’s only so many shirts I need for sleeping in.

Cards
Overall
Verdict:
Mostly a Miss
Full Box

So let’s start with the positive. Fancy actually chose a good theme and picked products that mostly fit with it. So that’s a definite improvement. I also like the idea of a having a unified box each month. Unfortunately, they still keep recycling items or making them overlap with boxes in the same month. I’m like one box away from setting up a sunglass hut in my living room. I paid $45.95 (with my $1.00 discount) and received $114.00 worth of items. Unfortunately the only one that was a real hit was the travel kit.

So I finally opted to cancel my original Fancy box. I know, I know, but it was time. I still however, have my Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy box and am definitely eyeing their new offerings. As soon as that Isaac Mizrahi box is available, I’m on it. (But god help him if he sends me sunglasses).

Do you subscribe to any Fancy boxes? If so, do you see a lot of overlap or repeated products?


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 (unless otherwise noted) 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
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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Original Fancy Box: April 2014

So my original Fancy box arrived and after last month’s rousing success I was hopeful. That was probably my  first mistake because that guaranteed this month’s box would be full of whatfuckery and on that score Fancy didn’t disappoint.
Box
Let’s get to the crap—, err, I mean box. (I apologize in advance for the cursing, you may want to turn the kiddies away from the screen).

Open #1 Open #2

Magazine
Kinfolk: Issue Eleven (Fancy Retail: $18.00; Amazon Retail: $13.49)
Verdict: Miss
So where do I start. I could start with the fact that I’m probably not hipster enough to fully appreciate this magazine, but what I should point out is that I deselected “media” eons ago just to avoid getting these stupid overpriced magazines. This one honestly isn’t too bad as it seems to have some nice recipes, but I don’t have space in my apartment for books or magazines I don’t love or use all the time.

Shampoo
Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Powder (Fancy Retail: $21.00)
Verdict: Miss
Oh Fancy here we go again, with all those interesting, fun quirky products that you can’t find anywhere else…oh wait, it’s dry shampoo. You know, the kind they include in every beauty box. And this brand is available everywhere including Sephora. Fancy boxes are supposed to be unique, fun, finds. HOW MANY TIMES DO I NEED TO TELL YOU THIS FANCY!!!!! Okay, I’m calm now. Really. I am. If this had been included in my Jennifer Love Hewitt box or the Cocha Rocha or Kelly Rowland I would have understood. I expect to receive beauty products they enjoy, even if they are mainstream or a touch boring. But in a regular Fancy box, it’s just a stupid copout.  I’ve used this dry shampoo before and it has a nice scent and is fairly effective but it is very noticeable on dark or even medium hair. I have red hair and it stands out quite a bit. If you want a dry shampoo in powder form the Lulu Organics brand is much better.

Earrings
Tiny Gold Studs by Amano Trading (Fancy Retail: $22.00)
Verdict: Like
These are just little gold-plated lighting stud earrings. I think they’d actually be quite nice for someone’s second piercing. I don’t love them and they aren’t particularly compelling but I wear stud earrings frequently so I’m sure I’ll use them from time to time.

Labels
Chalkboard Decals by Wallies (Fancy Retail:$10.00)
Verdict: Like
I actually use chalkboard labels a lot and just picked up  chalkboard paint to make some hanging tags. My only problem with this is that the decals seem to be designed for inset cabinets and mine are not that style and adding these to the outside would look super odd. I may just use them inside a cabinet or for some other crafting project. I wish Fancy would have included more versatile style decals, then I would have loved this.

Thumb Drive
Message in a Bottle USB Drive (Fancy Retail:$28.00; Amazon Retail: $11.95)
Verdict: Miss
Let me guess, you’re having a weird feeling of déjà vu. You’ve seen this before..read about it before…? That’s because I already received it in a Jennifer Love Hewitt box. It’s actually a fun little item, but hugely overpriced at Fancy. If this was brand new to this box I’d be happy with it.  If you like it, pick it up on Amazon.

Now for the cherry on the crap sandwich that is my Fancy April Box:
This mysterious card was included.
Mystery
Read it carefully…

Take your time…

I’ll wait…

Now, I’m not sure who is getting this box of “one-of-a-kind items with a rustic feel”, but I don’t’ think it was me. Well is dry shampoo one of a kind? I guess maybe it’s rustic not to wash your hair? We know that thumb drive isn’t one of a kind, but perhaps the cork stopper makes it rustic? I’d love to hear your guesses.
Cards
Full Box
Overall:
Verdict:
@*&U#$&#*)&$#* (Censored for the young and faint of heart)

So I got this box several weeks ago and my immediate action was to contact Fancy about the various issues. #1 The Duplicate item. #2 The Magazine that goes against my selections and #3 the mysterious card – because if the box described in that card exists, I want it. And if I was supposed to get it this month and got this pile of crap instead, someone’s got some s’plaining to do.

I sent three polite emails (I swear) through their customer service system spaced out over 3 weeks. No response despite the “24 hour response” claims. Attempted to talk with a customer service representative over their instant messaging. He couldn’t understand or help me with my issues and then proceeded to cut and paste instructions on how to set my Fancy preferences—which I know how to do quite well. Perhaps Fancy should just learn to read them? We got cut off and I did receive an email from the instant message person who proceeded to ignore the most important issue (duplicate item) and my question about the card and just suggested I return the magazine so they can exchange it for something else. I responded stating that he’d missed all the other issues. No response since then and that was a week ago.

Now Fancy has sent me some shit before and sometimes their customer service has been slow as hell, but eventually they come through with some kind of refund or response. This time I am angry, very angry. I understand sub box mistakes, but you don’t ignore your customers for weeks at a time and send incompetent customer service people who try to do the job, fail and then give up in the middle.

I will most likely be canceling this box (but for now am keeping the Jennifer Love Hewitt). If I hear back from customer service any time in the foreseeable future I’ll post an update with my next Fancy box review. I paid full price $46.95 and according to Fancy I got $99.00 worth of stuff. According to prices in the real world I actually received $78.44 in value, but one item is a duplicate and another is something I deselected from my profile.  I don’t usually get quite so ranty in my posts, but I’ve reached my limit.

If you got an April Fancy box, I’d love to know the contents and if you got one of the mysterious “rustic” cards. I’d also love to hear your thoughts on what the “one of a kind items with a rustic feel” card actually means, (maybe I’m just not seeing the rusticness of USB drives and dry shampoo).

 

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 five 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:

Kelly Rowland Fancy Box: Brand New! (This box is more geared towards Women)#4 New Mystery Boxes!
Select “Men” or “Women’s” and then choose your size:
Small: $10.00 plus shipping
Medium: $20.00 plus shipping
Large: $40.00 plus shipping

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Original Fancy Box: March 2014

So last month I was  disappointed in my original Fancy box because all the items seemed to fall under the category of “women.” I had my fingers crossed that this month would prove to have a more eclectic mix of surprises. Let’s dive into the March box and see what’s what…

Box

So despite last month’s mysterious rectangle box, Fancy has returned once again to their big square boxes to house just a couple of small items.

Open 1 Open 2

Book
Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails (Fancy Retail: $25.00)
Verdict: Hit!
I have a million cookbooks and not a single one devoted to cocktails, so I was psyched to see this. It’s got beautiful pictures on every page and the first section gives you guidance on how to stock a bar. The recipes are broken up seasonally and the emphasis is on including fresh ingredients. As a warning this is a hipster cocktail book so most of the recipes have some unusual ingredients, or liquors that you might not necessarily have lying around your house. This is a great find for folks that want to try something different with their cocktails and love utilizing seasonal ingredients. I’m excited to try out some of these drinks the next time I have friends over.

Mason
Mason Shaker (Fancy Retail: $28.00)
Verdict: Hit!
Fancy is really working hard to turn me into an alcoholic. This shaker is roomy enough to make a few cocktails at once and I adore the rustic design. It was the perfect partner for cocktail book and I know I’ll get plenty of use out of it. Now I just need to get myself a bar so I can put all the cocktail paraphernalia Fancy sends me away.

 Light
Bottle Light LED Cork (Fancy Retail: $15.00)
Verdict: Love!
Continuing on the boozy theme we have this little bottle light. I know it’s a little cheesy but I love this thing. I have some really pretty cobalt blue bottles I’ve saved and I think this light will look amazing inside. It’ll be perfect to put on the picnic table for summer barbeques.

 Notes
SMS Sticky Notes (Fancy Retail:$7.00)
Verdict: Hit!
So while I wouldn’t shell out $7.00 for these cute post-it notes, I really like them. They’ll be perfect for marking up my favorite cookbooks, catalogs and magazines with notes.

Tray
Change Trays by Blue & Cream (Fancy Retail:$45.00)
Verdict: Hit!
I love quotes and Oscar Wilde (and Oscar Wilde quotes, of course) so I loved this little tray. It can sit on your desk for paper clips, on a bathroom sink for guest soaps, in your living room for candy or on your dresser for jewelry. It’s a really versatile piece and I’m happy I got this particular one. I don’t think it’s worth anything close to $45.00 since it feels a bit on the flimsy side, but it’s a wonderful addition to this box.

Overall
Cards

Full Box
Love!
Fancy has really improved since last month and I really love this box. Including shipping, I paid $46.95 for this box. The items I received had an estimated retail of $120.00 and I will use all of them.

I think this was a great box for Fancy and the perfect fit for the brand. It features fun quirky items that would appeal to a lot of people and aren’t just things you can order on Amazon. I do think Fancy inflates the retail prices a bit, but for what I paid I think the items were fabulous.

Now onto some breaking FANCY NEWS!
Fancy has started offering Mystery Boxes! They are only $10 (plus $7.95 in shipping). The two options are Men’s and Women’s.

You know I can’t resist a Mystery so I snagged one for myself and will have that review up soon so if you want to see which Fancy mystery shows up at my doorstep, be sure to come back.

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 five 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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Original Fancy Box: February 2014

So last month’s original Fancy box was so awesome that it made up for all the screw-ups and let downs I had with Fancy last year.  I crossed my fingers that Fancy had turned a corner and now their boxes would be more better and more consistent. 

This month we got a new sized Fancy box.  Instead of our usual square, this mysterious rectangle appeared.
Closed Box
Open Box

Something to keep in mind is that the original Fancy let’s you choose the categories you  want to receive items from.  I have “Women’s”, “Gadgets”, and “Home” selected with “Men”  and “Media” unselected.

Book
Style Book II – Pattern & Print
(Amazon Retail: $20.91)
Verdict:  Miss
So this is one of coffee table books that focuses on Fashion and in particular patterns and prints.  To be honest, I don’t own many coffee table books because I have a small apartment and I prefer to fill up the space with things that are more useful.  I love fashion but I utilize Pinterest to keep photos of my favorite looks.  I also purposely have the “media” category unchecked and since their fashion magazines fall under that category, I believe this item would as well. 

Tie Bands
Twistband Hair Tie Sets
(Fancy Retail: $7.00)
Verdict:
  Like
Every subscription box that is remotely related to women will at some point send you twistbands.  I have a few and I like them so I have no problem picking up a few more colors.  Not exciting, but at least useful. 


Tights
Gipsy Contrast Heart Tights
(Fancy Retail: $16.00)
Verdict: On the Fence
And these tights contained the biggest lie ever perpetrated in fashion: “one size fits all”.  The design is cute, but I am *extremely* skeptical that these will fit me right or anyone else for that matter.   I could see this item in one of the celebrity curated boxes, but I just don’t quite feel it for the original Fancy subscription. 

Iron
EVA NYC Galaxy Ceramic Styling Iron
(Fancy Retail:$80.00; Amazon Retail: $55.00 )
Verdict: Miss
So is there a woman out there that can afford a $46+ subscription box, wants a styling iron and doesn’t already have one?  Anyone?  As far as I can tell this iron isn’t some special brand and the only unique thing about it is the fun galaxy design.  If this iron had some type of super cool feature that would make it an upgrade from a run of the mill version I would have been excited, but it doesn’t.  You can pick up styling irons like this one at TJ Maxx and Marshalls for a steal and I can’t see anyone buying it on Fancy for $80.  Maybe this brand is more special than my google-fu shows?  I’m just not feeling it.  This will most likely be gifted, sold or swapped.

 

Full Box
Overall:
Super Disappointed

Oh Fancy, how you like to break my heart so much.

First of all, this box was clearly a women’s box and I would have been much more understanding if this was the Jennifer Love Hewitt, Cocha Rocha or Kelly Rowland boxes, but it’s not.  I expect items from the various categories and I don’t think an overpriced, mediocre styling iron counts as a “gadget” or a picture book of fashion photos counts as “home”.
Cards 

With the lower Amazon price of the iron, the estimated retail “value” of this box was $98.91.  Somehow I ended up paying nothing for it. I know some of it came from referral credits (thanks folks!) but I had a Fancy gift card and refunds so I’m really not sure of the breakdown because Fancy’s credit and billing system is as confusing as John Travolta’s introductions.  I guess I lucked out with this free box since the only item I liked was the twistbands.

So do you guys like the styling iron?  Are you familiar with this brand and is it really worth $80?

Do you subscribe to the original Fancy?  If so what categories did you choose and what items did you get?

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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Original Fancy Box – January 2014

So as you know lately I haven’t been fancying Fancy all that much.  There have been a lot of mix-ups and lackluster boxes and just general lack of thought and oversight.  So this is a redemption box.  Fancy needs to impress me if they want to keep me subscribing to two of their boxes.  So let’s dive in and see if they managed to pull it off.
BoxPacked Open

Tshirt
Just Do You Tee(Fancy Retail: $28.00)
Verdict:  Hit
So I looked at this shirt and the “Just do me” emblazoned on the chest and my mind wandered to really inappropriate things. Thankfully, this one had a card with the following description, “New Year’s resolutions never seem to last the entire year, but this tee shirt sets a simple and yet awesome goal –Just Do You and everything will work out for the better.”  Okay, well that makes more sense, but I’m still not gonna be walking around the street with a shirt that says “Just Do Me.”  Now, the positives:  for the first time ever Fancy actually managed to include a Tshirt in the correct size I listed on my profile.  That’s one point on the redemption checklist.  The color is nice, the fabric isn’t too sheer and the neckline is on the higher side.  I can use this for working out and lounging around the house writing these blog posts, so I’m going to chalk this one up as a hit.

Rings Rings 2
Wrap Arrow Ring
& Athena Wrap Around Ring by Katie Dean Jewelry (Fancy Retail: $45.00 & $55.00)
Verdict:  Love!
You remember that cheap skull bracelet that Fancy kept sending me over and over again in the Jennifer Love Hewitt boxes?  Well believe it or not this is the same designer, but I would never have guessed it.  These two rings are gold plate over sterling silver and I adore them.  They are completely adjustable so you can work that knuckle ring trend when you want and then just turn them into regular rings when you’re not feeling it.  They’re adorable paired together, on their own, or mixed with other rings.  They’re a little bit dainty and a little bit edgy and a whole lot of fun.  This one adds at least 4 points to Fancy’s redemption score.

Book
Mini People Book(Fancy Retail: $15.00)
Verdict: Miss
You remember that itty bitty crate of even more itty bitty people that Fancy sent out a few months back?  It was part of contest where people could take photos, post them on Instagram and the best photo would win a gift card. Fancy made a little book out the winning photos.  I don’t mind the book, but it should not have a value and instead be a freebie bonus item. This thing is flimsier than the instruction booklet that comes with your blender.  If you’re willing to pay $15 for this thing, I have some property to sell you in Florida.  Minus one on the road to Fancy’s redemption.

Mug
Don’t F’king Procrastinate Mug
(Fancy Retail:$16.00)
Verdict: Miss
So this month, this is the item missing a description card.  But it’s really just a mug with some cursing on the front.  I like swearing, believe you me, but I’m just not quite feeling this mug.  I think the people that can use it are somewhat limited since you can’t take it to most jobs and people with kids probably don’t want them to see the kitchenware cursing at people.  Not sure this is the best thing to include in the regular Fancy subscription.  Another point taken away.

Cable
Crosslink Cable (
Fancy Retail: $18.00)
Verdict: LOVE!

So this is where we throw the redemption checklist out the window.  I LOVE this thing.  Every weekday (on a good day) it takes me 1 hour and ten minutes to go the whole 8 miles to work.  (You don’t want to know how long it takes on a bad day.)  Because of this, I carry around a bunch of gadgets – an iphone 5, an ipod touch and an old keyboard style kindle.  They each have their own charging cable.  So if I don’t want to run out of juice at the office I need to carry around 3 different cables.  This bad boy just replaced all of those.  Now I have one cable I can keep in my bag and use at work to charge all the gadgets that distract me from the epic quest that is my journey to and from work.  I showed this to my coworkers and they all plan to buy one.  This box could have been filled with just ten of those mini people books and this one cable and I would have still loved the box.

Full Box
Overall

So Fancy did replace the missing item from my last box (eyelash curler) so we are already square on that front.  According to Fancy, the value on this box is $177, removing the book that really should have no value, brings us to $162.  I had some credit from Fancy’s customer service which came to $34.95 being charged against the Fancy gift card I already had. This box was more than worth that to me.  I consider the mini book a bonus item and the mug will be given to my boyfriend who can use it around the house.  I’ll get use out of the t-shirt and I adore the rings.  And there just aren’t words for how much I am in love with that little cable.

Honestly, I was expecting this box to be pretty awful.  Between the past screw-ups and the lack of interesting items I just wasn’t feeling like Fancy was putting much effort into their boxes.  But this box actually, impossibly managed to redeem them.  So hat’s off to you Fancy.  Now let’s see how you do with the Jennifer Love Hewitt box.

Did you think this box redeemed Fancy or would you need more?

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:

 

COUPON CODE:  FOLLOWUP10 to Save 10%

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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