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April 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review
I really appreciated the items and value of That Daily Deal’s March Monthly Mystery Box (aka Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome), so I decided to continue my subscription. The March box provided an astounding $129 in value for a cost of only $25, including shipping! Will the April box offer similar value?
The first item I took out of the box was this set of adorable ninja-themed chopsticks. I don’t have a pair of chopsticks, so these might come in handy. This set sells for around $4.
The second item was a nifty LED outdoor lantern from Atak Outdoor. I’m in the process of assembling an emergency kit in case of an outdoor, and this item seems perfect for it. It also is something I’ll take with me if I ever go camping again. Not only can it be charged via USB, but it can also be charged using a hand crank. Valuing this item was difficult; I found it for sale on Woot for $11, but that was a limited time deal that is not usually available. As a regular offer, I found it for sell at Walmart for $38. I decided to average these two prices to get my value estimate of $25.
The third item was a bit strange - a rubber-banded set of six blue sharpies. Honestly, the presentation for this item was lacking; when I first took it out, I’d wondered if it had been included by mistake. Regardless, they were included, and Sharpies are always nice to have (though I prefer black ones.) I value these Sharpies at $0.50 each, so $3 for the lot of six.
The fourth item was a game, and one that I was happy to see: Pairs in Pears. It’s a word game, and I enjoy word games, so I’m looking forward to trying this one out. This game typically sells for around $5.
The fifth item was a set of steak knives with a block from PureLife by Ragalta. This was my favorite item in the box. I’d been wanting to get steak knives for a while, because I only have butter knives and a single sharp cooking knife, so these I will for sure be able to use. This set usually sells for around $20, making it almost worth as much as the entire cost of this box.
The sixth and final item was a 20-piece set of melamine bowls with lids. I do meal prep often, so having containers like these around is always nice. I’m a little worried about the material because melamine isn’t the safest, but I think it will be fine as long as I don’t microwave them.
Valuing this set was incredibly difficult. The only place I could find this exact product was on Ebay, where they were selling 5-piece sets for $12, which means a 20-piece set like the one I received would be worth over $40! In looking at other melamine bowl sets, this price point seems reasonable. However, I still think it’s a bit much. I’m going to give the set a conservative value estimate of $20.
Overall, the April 2016 That Daily Deal Mystery Box contained at least $77 in value; I say “at least” because, if you value the bowl set according to the available information, the value will be closer to $97. Either way, it’s much higher than the $25 cost of the box.
Both the value of the items and the number of items were lower than the March box, but they were still high enough to meet my expectations. Also, I felt like the items this month were more useful on average than the ones from April. I’m once again satisfied with the Monthly Mystery Box and I plan to continue my subscription into future months.
Recommended for: people who crave good deals and useful items
Not recommended for: hoarders