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Birchbox.com- Free shipping on subscription boxes. Free shipping on shop purchases with a $50 purchase. Aces get free shipping on everything. Other select items have free shipping, including any items offered as a sample choice within the month of the purchase.
-If you’re already subscribed or want to shop without subscribing, store information and deals are on a separate page.
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-Complete your beauty profile to have samples customized to your needs. When you sign up for a subscription, your profile is taken into account starting with your second box. You will either get a welcome box or a randomly selected box from the month you joined on your first. You can use a specific start-up code released for a custom box (codes vary based on boxes released). Unless you love the box, I do not suggest this, because those codes cannot be combined with codes for points or discounts. Gift recipients almost always get a welcome box. Read about welcome boxes I’ve sent and received: Volume One, Volume Two, Volume Three, Current Month Welcome, Volume Four, Volume Five, Volume Six, General Welcome, Volume Seven, Volume Eight, Volume Nine, Volume Ten, Volume Eleven, Volume Twelve, Volume Thirteen, Volume Fourteen, and The Year of Gifts Wrap-Up.
–Birchbox subscriptions are $10 a month, charged on the day you sign up, then every month on the first. You can also pay a year up front to get a free month. For $10, you will always get 5-8 samples. The first 5 will always be deluxe samples beauty samples. The extra 1-3 samples will usually be foils or lifestyle items.
-Members will get an email toward the end of the month (Aces get it one day earlier than everyone else) to select a sample in their box, select the curated box (where you know all box contents in advance, or get completely surprised and know none of the items in the box. If you ever have a really tough time deciding between the curated box and one of the items in sample choice, get both. Use the sample choice inside your subscription and purchase the curated box from the shop once it posts to the discovery kits section after the new month starts. They retail for $10, but subscribers get an automatic $5 discount. You do not need a promo code for that discount so you can still use one if you purchase enough on other things to qualify.
–Birchbox Plus items are items that can be added to your subscription. They offer items that are new to the shop and sometimes offer discounted items that are already in the shop. When full-priced items already available in the store are offered, I suggest ordering separately. Not only will you get the item faster, but you can use a promo code and get a free 2-piece sampler if it is over $35. Of course, adding items to your box and getting free shipping if you would be charged shipping through the regular shop is a good idea. Your Plus items will be charged on the second of the month, but your subscription charge will stay on the first. It will bill the last card you used to pay for the subscription. Make sure it is the card you want the payment pulled from.
-Get 1 point per dollar spent for every item in the Birchbox Shop (other than monthly subscriptions and annual subscriptions when purchased on a discount). Points are valid for 6 months. Every 10 points you redeem gives a $1 credit to spend on anything other than your monthly box fee.
-Spend $300 a year for Aces status. This includes what you spend on your subscription. Those on the $10 a month plan only need to spend an extra $180 a year to qualify. Aces get: 1.3 points per dollar spent, free shipping on all orders, free expedited shipping with a $100 purchase, priority customer service, Ace exclusive promos, surprises (in GWP form), and early access to sample choice for subscriptions. The better samples tend to “sell out,” so this is an excellent perk. Of course, regular members can usually send a referral link to a friend to get it a day early, too, but Aces do not have to do anything. Almost all points count toward Aces status. The only ones I am aware of that do not are the “I’m sorry” points. If you use a promo code for bonus points, the bonus points will count toward your Ace status. Your membership is valid from the moment you spend $300 through the end of the following year.
–Birchbox codes tend to recycle, so it may be hard to keep track of whether you’ve used a code or not. Each code only works once per account. If a “new” code will not work for you, there is a chance you used it in the past. Discounts do not work on subscription purchases (unless it is a discount expressly for subscriptions). Look for free product or point offers on those.
-Add a 2 piece Mystery sample pack with a $35 purchase. No code required. Just click the add to cart button. This can be combined with any code! As long as your subscription order is over $35, you can add this. If your order (even for or with subscriptions) goes over $35, you qualify.
-Check the Bonus Shop for other available offers.
-Purchasing an annual membership gives you a free month and 110 points for the purchase. There are no points for month-to-moth subscriptions.
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