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Instead of writing an article every time add-ons pop up, I will update this article (in reverse chronological order) with the add-ons I see in 2018. I know I should have written this article before the spring add-ons, but I did not realize how big of a deal add-ons are with this subscription. Prior to the summer box, I was a seasonal subscriber so a lot of the better add-ons were gone before I even got a chance to select anything. Opening add-ons at 9am on a Saturday does not really work for me. It is my only day to sleep in, when we do not have any plans. Thankfully, I still got everything I wanted in the spring box so it took some stalking. That means I would have just covered the items I received in that article anyway.
Add-ons are items that get discounted from 30-70% that you can purchase to come along with each seasonal box. These items come with the box so there is no shipping charge. Subscription boxes already get free shipping. Select Access (annual) subscribers get to shop add-ons for one week before add-ons open to everyone. Seasonal subscribers and Select Access subscribers shop add-ons together after the first week. I will go over the timelines for each season below.
During the selection period, you click the add-on to reserve the item. Items have quantity limits, but you can see the limit (usually from 1-3) as you add the item to the cart. Any item you still have reserved once the period lapses gets charged to the card on file for the subscription. Then, those items ship along with the box within 10 business days. The beauty of this method is you have time to think over your purchases and pare down your cart. It also gives you time to grab things you wanted that others eventually pared down from their carts.
Saturday, May 5th at 9am PST – Open to Select Members
Saturday, May 12th at 9am PST – Open to All Members (first access for seasonal and continued access for select)
Friday, May 18th at 11:59pm PST – Add-on selection closes
Sunday, May 20th at 9am PST – Charges for add-ons and subscription renewals for annual subscriptions or anyone who selected add-ons get processed.
I tried to login at 9:16am, and it took over 5 minutes before one of my browsers would activate. After surfing and adding some things to my cart for about 10 minutes, it froze. Since then, I have not been able to log back in. Four items were already sold out in the first 21 minutes of the sale. The Sol de Janeiro items are things I already own and would have passed on anyway. How I feel about the other two is debatable.
Monday, February 5th at 9am PST – Open to Select Members
Monday, February 12th at 9am PST – Open to All Members (first access for seasonal and continued access for select)
Sunday, February 18th at 11:59pm PST – Add-on selection closes
Tuesday, February 20th at 9am PST – Charges for add-ons and subscription renewals for annual subscriptions or anyone who selected add-ons get processed.
The better items were almost all gone by the time I logged in on the 12th (was only a seasonal subscriber at the time). I stalked the site until add-ons closed and was eventually able to get all the items I wanted.
Though I did not take photos of any of the options, I did pick some up. See my Spring 2018 box review to see what I grabbed. Even though I missed the opportunity to cover the spring ones, I hope to get all future seasons.