Book Friends, we have a problem. Book Boxes. They are taking over our lives.
And it’s because they are so cute. I drool over them until my brain kicks in and reminds me that I don’t need to spend another $50 on items made about fictional characters.
I can’t go on Instagram without being inundated with candles, book sleeves, stickers etc. And I want them all. It’s a real problem, for multiple reasons, but mostly for my wallet.
Book boxes are expensive.
The fun part about the boxes is that you get custom and unique items. But, how much of that stuff do you use? I got a Maeve candle and it smells so strong that I can’t burn it. So it sits on the shelf.
“Everytime I order a book box, I am so excited for the unknown and goodies. But I never seem to remember that I don’t really like anything I get until I open the box… like they are nice, but I’d buy nothing (barring the book) on my own.” – Kaleena @ Reader Voracious
Is it just the excitement of getting new stuff? Are we interested in the Christmas surprise effect or do we actually use all of those items? My guess is that half of it is the fun and excitement of opening a surprise box. And as someone who loves surprises, i’m all for it.
“I’m not a book box person, but I feel like the anticipation of getting a box of goodies is a huge part, like the excitement outweighs the actual individual items.” – Erin @ Undercover Binge Reader
Unboxings are awesome to watch sometimes. I know that I have looked them up to compare the different boxes and their content. But are we buying them just to add content? I’m all for everyone creating the content that they want, regardless of what the expense is. But a $40 Instagram story is a pricey one, when most of us are doing this as a hobby.
All the pretty covers.
“The only thing that really grabs me about book boxes are the exclusive covers. The merch is cool, but sometimes it’s too much for me.” – Loretta @ Laughing Listener
The special edition covers are a huge trend now and they are getting readers to buy multiple versions of books. If you need an example you can look back at how Aurora Rising broke the internet better than Kim K. ever did. We would all riot in the streets over books except that we are a socially anxious bunch. I think that just makes us passionate and suckers for a pretty cover or sprayed edges.
So are we really obsessed?
I did a little research and thank you to everyone who participated in my survey. I found that… We aren’t actually obsessed with book boxes. We just see them so often that it feels that way.
Here are some stats
- On average we buy less than 3 boxes per year each.
- We spend about $40 American per box with shipping. About 36 euro, and $60 Australian.
- Special edition books are the main reason for purchase.
Book boxes are limited by location.
“I prefer the exclusive covers and the collectibility of them. I always love the thrill of opening up a box and not knowing what will be inside, what I’ll get, or what I’ll love,
But there’s a downside to them though: you may not like anything inside. So it’s a gamble for someone like me who’s an international buyer. These boxes don’t come cheap and conversion rates are rather high.” – Sibby @ Siobhan’s Novelties
We can’t forget that not everyone has access to these boxes. Lots of retailers will only ship to the US or the UK. Just like books, many of us have to buy these items off of second hand sites just to get access.
*Do your research when buying from another country. If they change their shipping policy, you could get hit with unexpected fees. Fees that are sometimes higher than the price of the box itself!
What do you love most about book boxes? Let me know in the comments!