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June 2016 GradBin Review
GradBin is a subscription box that includes 5-7 items targeted at college students. I first reviewed GradBin back in March, when they simultaneously sponsored Monthly Box Hub’s monthly giveaway - you can read my March 2016 GradBin review by clicking here. Since then, GradBin has been working to improve the selection and value of their box, and they’ve invited me to review their June box to see how it compares to the March one.
The first item I took out of the box was a bag of Boom Chicka Pop Kettle Corn. Coincidentally, this item is similar to the Popcorners bag I took out first from the March GradBin. This Boom Chicka Pop bag seems like it will also be a delicious savory treat and it offers a similar $1 value.
The second item was a postcard from Hartford Prints in the “Addicted to Sound” variant. I soon discovered that the June box had a music theme, to which this postcard fit well. I also think it’s a great idea to include stationary in a college-themed subscription box to encourage students to maintain written communication with their loved ones. This particular postcard sells for $3.50.
The third item was a greeting card that was also from Hartford Prints. The greeting card has a “college survival kit” theme that fits the nature of the box well. And, again, I think it’s smart to include stationary in the box, so this is an item I can appreciate. It also has a relatively high value of $5.
The fourth item was a headphone splitter from Jack Rabbit. This is a wonderful item that I think it fits well for students. I remember being on trips in high school and college and wanting to share audio with people sitting next to me without having to lend them one of my earphones (being a germaphobe.) This product offers a reliable solution by giving the user the ability to split audio into two separate headphone outputs. This headphone splitter can run anywhere from $12 to $16.
The fifth item was a set of drumstick pens from Suck UK. Not only do the pens fit the music theme well, but they also fit nicely with the stationary uncovered earlier in the box. These pens sell for around $7 per set.
The sixth item was a package of Tide Travel Sink Packets. Originally, I thought this was a sample item, but upon further inspection, I realized it was a full-fledged product good for three separate uses. This looks like a useful product for anyone who travels frequently or who wants to be able to wash their clothes in a dorm sink in the case of an emergency, and the packet sells for around $2.50.
The seventh item was a bag of dark chocolate Barnanas. I’ve seen this product available in health and gourmet food stores and I appreciate getting a health-oriented snack item in this subscription box. Not to mention that I love dark chocolate, so I know I’ll enjoy these. This size bag usually sells for around $2.
The eighth item was a set of three Pop Rocks pouches. This is certainly not a health-oriented item, but it’s a fun treat to have on hand when someone (such as a college student) needs a quick pick-me-up. I received two different flavors, including two strawberry pouches and one watermelon pouch. I estimate the value of each pouch at $0.50, giving the set of three a $1.50 estimated value.
The ninth item was a bag of Mint Julep gum from Project 7. Project 7 is an increasingly popular brand of gum that has gained traction due to its unique variety of flavors, of which Mint Julep is no exception. Plus, gum is always good to have on hand. This bag’s value is estimated at $1.50.
Overall, the June 2016 GradBin contained about $36 worth of items. For a box that typically costs between $22 and $25, this is a great value. Even if you include the $4 shipping cost, the highest possible GradBin cost of $29 is still exceeded by the $36 value of this month’s contents. Furthermore, the $36 is a definite improvement compared to the March box’s $20 value.
I’m happy to also report that I believe the selection of items this month is an improvement from March. Although March’s box contained items that I believe a college student would find relevant, I believe that the items in the June box have more applications. I also think that having a theme improved the quality of the selection, which is another change compared to the March box.
With these changes in place, it is likely that box recipients from an array of social categories - not just college students - would find this box useful. For example, I could envision a high school student putting all of these items to use. Frequent travelers may also appreciate many of the box’s items, such as the Tide sink packets and the postcard.
If you’re interested in giving GradBin a try, use code "KAYKAKIS16" to get 15% off AND free shipping.
Recommended for: students, travelers, and the people who want to send them care packages
Not recommended for: people who have no use for the items included in this month’s box
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary box in exchange for an honest review