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Many items I’ve received from subscription boxes.

Many items I’ve received from subscription boxes.

Allyssa Maloney

Allyssa Maloney

Many items I’ve received from subscription boxes.

Allyssa Maloney, Staff Reporter

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The craze of online shopping has caused subscription boxes to explode in popularity. There are many varieties of subscription boxes; ones for food, meditation, clothes, tv shows, the list goes on and on. Through these boxes, customers get a regular installment every month of items they need or want. According to Mic.com, it has been estimated that there’s over 2,000 subscription box services. The most popular boxes are for beauty, followed by food, apparel, lifestyle, pets, and kids.

Subscription boxes have been flourishing not only because of technology, but also because the companies are making choices for us. Most clothing boxes like Stitch Fix, Fabletics, and Le Tote are customizable and have a variety of styles to choose from. However, instead of us choosing the outfits, they do. In the words of senior Rebekah Taylor, “the less work you have to do, the better it is.” Others like Lootcrate, Goddess Provisions, and Calmbox have an assortment of random items. There are many specific ones, too; ranging from beef jerky to items for left handed people.

The subscriptions range anywhere from ten dollars a month to over a hundred. The money is usually taken out of the linked bank account automatically. Many offer a free trial, usually for just one month. To access the free trial, a debit or credit card number has to be put in. In the fine print, it states that after the free trial, it will turn into a monthly subscription without cancellation. Many forget to cancel the free trial, which means money will be taken out of their account every month without them realizing it. Are subscription boxes scams or the most convenient shopping innovation since bank cards?

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