Thinking of signing up for a subscription box? Need some help to choose which box is best for you? Here’s a guide to our favourites for kawaii, Japanese candy and more!
What’s a subscription box?
They’re a box of goodies that are sent out monthly or quarterly but can be bought individually. Usually the contents are a surprise, though you usually know how many items you’re getting, plus the box or month may have a theme.
How does a subscription work?
Rather than just buying a one off box, you buy a subscription and receive a new box regularly (usually every month or quarter). You can choose either an ongoing subscription, where payment is taken for each individual box, or you can save money by paying in advance for a set of boxes, which gets you a discount on every box and sometimes free gifts too.
What’s so great about them?
You get surprise post every month and the contents will be worth more than buying everything separately. Some boxes also include exclusive items, seasonal candy flavours or only-in-Japan products that are difficult or impossible to buy elsewhere.
Anything else I should know before subscribing?
Check how easy it is to cancel your subscription before you sign up. Reputable boxes can be cancelled in a couple of clicks while others may make it more difficult. Check when payment is taken for the next box as you will be billed automatically if you don’t cancel in time. If you’re ordering internationally it’s possible you’ll be charged customs fees on top so be prepared. This is a tax set by your own government so don’t blame the subscription box. We always mention if we had to pay customs fees in our reviews.
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