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August 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review
I’ve been subscribed to the Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome, a subscription box of random items that usually leaves me feeling satisfied. However, after a disappointing box last month, I decided that this month - the August box - would make or break whether I stay with the subscription in the future. Read on to see what decision I made!
You can view my previous reviews here:
- March 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review
- April 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review
- May 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review
- June 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review
- July 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome Review
The first item of the August 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome was a 13oz Slant Collections acrylic wine glass with a lid and straw. The glass reads “On Island Time”, making it a fun drinking vessel. It’s not the highest quality item, but it fits the box well as a complementary good, being something that most people probably wouldn’t seek out but can find a use for.
Estimated value: $10 (Source: Amazon.)
The second item was an unbranded microwave pizza plate. This is yet another item that works as a part of a bigger collection of products. It’s not a necessity by any stretch, but it could provide some use to many different types of people, as it's viable for cooking both pizzas and meats.
Estimated value: $6 (Source: Amazon.)
The third item was an “As Seen on TV” product, which is a type of product commonly included in this box. I don’t mind them as long as they offer some value. This particular box included the Slushy Magic Max. I tried out this product as I promised in my review, but unfortunately it didn’t work well. My juice stayed as juice, without any slush-like texture. It’s not a big deal because I wasn’t particularly rearing to get a slushy maker, but it’s disappointing to have gotten a product that doesn’t work well. I suppose it could still have some use as a cup, although I won’t be keeping it.
Estimated value: $8 (Source: Amazon.)
The fourth item was a Knock Knock Large Box in the “Miscellany” variety. I LOVE this item. I’ve been looking for new ways to file documents, and this is a perfect “in-between” box for when I have paperwork that needs to be filed. The fun text adds a touch of decoration that makes it more suitable in an open space compared to a regular, plain paper box.
Estimated value: $10 (Source: Amazon.)
The fifth item was a 9.5” non-stick aluminum frying pan with spatula with a neat flower design. I mentioned in my unboxing video that I had reservations about using the product without knowing it meets the U.S. standards for cooking products. Unfortunately, I didn’t find much information online about the product to verify that it’s safe to use. It’s an adorable and practical product if it’s safe, so I’ll probably keep it around for a while in case I can figure out more.
Estimated value: $15 (Source: Ebay.)
The sixth and final item was a 16” messenger bag from Golla. This item was “spoiled” earlier in the month and made me excited to get the box. The bag was even better than I expected! It’s made from a high-quality fabric and features many pockets that improve its practicality. I don’t actually use messenger bags, and this one is so cool that I might start.
Estimated value: $44 (Source: 13deals.)
Overall, the August 2016 Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome contained about $93 worth of products. For a box that costs $25, this is a great value. The Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome typically offers good value, though, so the real question is: were the items worthwhile?
Some of the items are typical “junk” type items that I’ll likely give away, such as the wine glass and the pizza plate. However, I was impressed by some of the other items. In particular, I loved the Knock Knock Box and appreciated the messenger bag. All in all, this month was a big improvement from last month and I’ve decided to continue my subscription for now. If you're interested in trying it for yourself, you can click here to join - only $25/month with free shipping.
Recommended for: people who crave good deals and semi-useful items