The upside of subscription box services is that you can score some great items well below the retail value but the downside is that you may end up with some items that leave you feeling like you wasted your money. Some box services will release a theme or a spoiler for items that will be featured that month, but usually you have no clue what you're getting until you open the box. Surprise! So you're just as likely to end up with something you love or as you are to get something you really don't want and will never use. Of course, you could always gift the items you don't like to friends, family, and co-workers or try selling them on eBay. I've also found that by being a part of a subscription box community site, I can make fair trades with other friendly, like-minded subscription box lovers. Both parties walk a way with less stuff they don't want and more of what they will actually use. It's a win-win! I trade or "swap" my unwanted items on the My Subscription Addiction swap page.
Here are the swaps I made in March:
- Bliss Micro Magic Microdermabrasion Treatment - swapped for -> Mitchell and Peach English Growers Body Cream and The Body Shop 100% Natural Lip Roll On (Rose Version)
- Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash and Porefessional Minis, The Wet Brush Squirt, and Coastal Scents Revealed Palette Sampler in Latte - swapped for -> Lauren B Nourishing Hand Creme with Orchid and Peony and Essential Elements Rosemary Shower Gel
- Baggu 3D Mint Striped Small Bag, Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion skin exfoliant, and Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara - swapped for -> Burt's Bees Brightening Even Tone Moisturizing Cream