Right, here goes nothing.. I'm pretty sure most of you have probably witnessed a slight controversy regarding Glossybox on twitter lately but if not I thought I'd share the news here anyways. Basically they have taken the decision to increase the prices up to £12.95 after September. Which I'm slightly peeved about to say the least. Legally they have every right to do so as in the contract they stated 'subject to change' but come on.. it's not the best way to keep your customers just after launching. I was excited to be able to receive 5 deluxe sized samples per month for an all rounded price of £10, we all love free delivery. And worked out per year the subscription would cost £155, which I cannot justify on samples. Beforehand when it was at the cheaper price of £10 I thought that was fairly reasonable, swapping something else I may have bought like a new mascara to try out for instance.
Not only that but to add even more fuel to the fire they decided to go from you having to collect 20 'glossy dots' (one dot per review you leave) you now have to collect 100, is that some sort of joke. I'm not being funny but that would take 20 months (and £259) if you were even disciplined to leave a review on absolutely everything received. And considering people signed up on that basis expecting a free box pretty soonish. That makes me feel more like an overworked reviewer for their site than a valued customer.
I know a few people were also slightly disappointed with this months box as a mini can of Batiste was included. Personally I really liked this months box and didn't see it as them just shoving a cheaper product in there for the sake of it but a way of people trying out Batiste if they hadn't already. I mean, I'm sure people would moan equally if they just included expensive samples of things you couldn't afford to repurchase. Though then again, I don't think I know of any beauty addicts that haven't tried it by now!
This months box
So overall I'm a bit gutted really that something with such promise and high hopes let its self down on really petty issues. I know that birchbox is really successful over in the states so it remains a fab idea. Personally if Glossybox still plan to increase the price to £12.95 I will most definitely unsubscribe simply because I can't really afford it and I think they've treated their customers poorly.
However a similar service called Boudoir Privé will be launching very soon and I hope they will learn from the mistakes of Glossybox so that's worth checking out if you are interested - http://signup.boudoirprive.co.uk
Let me know your thoughts as always!