Dec 11 2013

Googaro Box – December 2013

Published by at 7:50 pm under Products/Shopping,The Boy

Here it is, our first and last Googaro box! Once I opened it and looked at what we’d gotten, I decided that children’s subscription boxes are not for us. I will probably, when The Boy is older, subscribe to one of the monthly boxes that provide craft projects, or maybe Little Passports, but he’s too young for that stuff right now. I should also mention that the Googaro subscription is $10 more per month than Citrus Lane, which make this box even more of a let down. I paid more for this, folks. Yes, I did.

Anyway, let’s commence with the disappointment, shall we?

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Thanks for the well wishes, Googaro, now someone get Santa out of that bag before he suffocates!!!! One thing I do like about Googaro is that on the info card they send, they do put the suggested retail price of the item. It’s nice to have an idea of how much was spent where. Of course, I look this stuff up on Amazon, but I’m sure most people don’t bother. And now, it’s time for a breakdown:

Sophie La Girafe Janod Toy (I’m not sure why it’s called by its French name. In the US, you’ll find this as “Sophie the Giraffe Looping Bead Toy”)
Amazon price: $19.99 (Googaro suggested retail price: $19.99)
Dear sir or madame: Please note that this toy is recommended for ages 12 months+, and that the child on the front looks pretty much like a 12 month old. When I signed up for this service, I was asked to input my child’s age, and I did so, accurately. He is, in fact, nearly two years old. I assume that you believe the + on the 12 months+ means that children of any age over 12 months would enjoy this toy, but that is not the case. My son looked at it, pushed the beads around for a minute, and said “Done. No.” That’s because this is a boring toy for someone who is nearly two years old and neurotypical.

Bearington Plush (aka Suffocatin’ Santa up there)
Couldn’t find on Amazon (Googaro suggested retail price: $7.00)
A stuffed toy. Like I don’t have enough of these that he never, ever looks at. At least it’s a Santa so that I can use it as a home decor object. And I will do that, because it’s pretty cute. However, my child will not enjoy it.

Paul Frank Only in Dreams book
Amazon price: $6.29 (Googaro suggested retail price: $7.00)
Books are always good. I find Paul Frank’s Julius character (the monkey who is the star of this book) to be somewhat creepy and off-putting, but he seems to be everywhere these days, so I’m guessing that’s not a common thing. I won’t hold it against anyone. So, a nice book. OK.

Oogaa Silicone Placemat
Amazon price: $8.99 (Googaro suggested retail price: $8.99)
I see eating accoutrements as the epitome of the “We don’t know what to do for the 18 month to 2 year old set” syndrome. It’s like a bunch of people were sitting around in a brainstorming session, trying to figure out what to do with these kids, and someone said “Screw it, they have to eat, right? Give them a plate or something.”

Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm
Amazon price: $7.00 (Googaro suggested retail price: $7.00)
More lip balm? Not to mention, another stupid mom gift? Is there an epidemic of moms out there with dry lips and who just can’t stand not getting a token present for themselves? I hate mom gifts. I sincerely expect the craft boxes that I may order in the future to have a mom gift of a hot glue gun that shoots lip balm or something, because apparently these box people all picture us scrabbling madly in our child’s monthly gift box going “What, there’s nothing for me? There has to be something for me! I’m the mom!”

So, the overall retail value of the box, leaving out the derpy mom gift, is $42.98. I spent $35 on this box. I will use one item (the book) for my son, one item (the Santa) for my home, and that’s it. I’m drowning in lip balms, so I doubt this rose-mint concoction will ever get play, plus it’s in a stupid tin, which means I have to get my finger gunky to put it on. That makes my actual use value is $14. Not great. I would be willing to give this another month, but at $35/month, I’m not willing to hang in there when the first box was so terrible. I will be taking that $35 and heading out into the wilds of actual brick-and-mortar stores next month to see what I can find on my own. If I remember, I might even blog about it.

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