We all love our book subscription boxes right? Is there anyone her that actually doesn’t? I know I love them, it is always a fun thrill to guess what the book will be, and see all the cool knew stuff you get in a box. But there is one problem to these Book Subscription Boxes…they are pricey and expensive. Really pricey and expensive when you include shipping.
Personally, as someone who doesn’t have a job, I clearly can’t afford these boxes. Below are the prices of some boxes not including shipping.
- Uppercase: $23.99
- FairyLoot: $35
- LitJoy Crate: $29.99
These four book sub boxes are probably some of the more popular boxes out there. The cheapest box is $23.99 and that alone is without shipping. For almost all of these, shipping is around 7 dollars. That is a lot of money, nearly 40 dollars for simply a book and some swag.
Now for me, I can totally understand the awesomeness of expecting such an adorable and fun package. But on the other hand, when I think of 40 dollars, I also think of how many more books I could buy with that money. I am a reader and I love books, swag is just an extra. It is hard for me to ask myself if it is worth it to pay for swag.
For some of these boxes, the final valued price of all the swag inside is worth more than the price that each box is selling for. That is great, clearly you are getting better than what you paid for. But what if I don’t want all that swag? What if I want to spend that money on useless RedBubble trifles?
I have only subscribed to Uppercase’s book box. Can you guess why? It was the cheapest. Yup. The book inside it was This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. I was pleased with the book choice, but the swag inside was meaningless to me. The swag was an exclusive bookish post it note set and some bookish pencils. Um, cool, but I probably won’t ever use this.
That is the main problem with some of these book subscription boxes. To be perfectly honest, I think that you are paying for the surprise. The surprise of seeing what you get. Which is nice, but I’m simply not willing to pay such a high amount for that.
Do you subscribe to any book boxes? If so, which ones? Do you agree with me? Disagree?