A Tale Of Too Many Bookworm Boxes

I´m a huge Colleen Hoover fan. Maybe not THE greatest, most passionate fan in the entire world but I do love the authors books. I´ve been a fan for years and never missed out on anything the author has published.

It was late 2016 when I first noticed The Bookworm Box. A few people I knew were posting pictures of cute little purple boxes filled with all sorts of book related goodies and 2 random signed paperbacks, and that got me curious. I decided to get in touch with a few people and ask what all the fuss was about.

„It´s SO cool!“ One friend said.

„I love the Bookworm Box. And the proceeds for each box go to charity!“ Another friend said.

Now, that got me interested.

So, not only was a person going to receive 2 signed paperback books with lots of swag, the money spent for a box goes to charity? COOL! I loved the idea but still needed more info before purchasing a box.

To make a long story short – I checked the Bookworm Box homepage out. I went through every category like a crackwhore just to see what the catch was, because…. the Bookworm Box sounded too good to be true. I studied the whole website. Turned it inside and out.

How does it work?

Well, it´s really simple. For a certain amount of money you receive a monthly box subscription that includes 2 signed books and swag ( bookmarks, magnets, postcards…. anything that is book related ). The fee you pay per box goes to a chosen charity. 100% of the profit after overhead costs will be donated to different charities each month.

Easy, right?

But there is a catch. A minor one. The signed books you pay for are a surprise. You have no power over which book you´ll receive when you purchase a Bookworm box. I never thought of that as a problem because I did have faith that the owner of the Bookworm Box, author Colleen Hoover, wouldn´t send out just any type of book, right?

Needless to say- I found nothing fishy or dubious about the Bookworm Box. I was getting signed copies, plus I was discovering new authors… AND at the same time, I was giving to charity. BOOM! A win / win situation.

Now,  Bookworm boxes for us folks across the pond are a little more expensive. In the end, I paid around 50-60 Euros for my first Bookworm Box. That´s not really a great deal, considering the fact that I can get roughly 4-6 books from that kind of money. But hey….. We´re talking about the Bookworm Box, here. Good deeds. Great reads!

I dove head first into the system with blind trust, fully aware that I was paying alot of money for a cute purple box filled with book goodies.

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The first order went smooth. It took exactly 1 month for my box to arrive and when it did, I was one happy camper. Mine! ALL MINE!

And because I was satisfied I continued my subscription for the following month.

Although I was in love with the Bookworm Box I had to skip a few boxes because not even I can afford to pay 50-60 Euros every month for 2 signed paperback books.

Everything went well and I stayed a happy fan until one day a box I skipped arrived.

Hmm. Okay. Fine. Maybe there was a misunderstanding on my part. Maybe I accidentally clicked the wrong button and didn´t really skip a box. Stuff like that can happen although I´m usually super careful with online stuff ( you can NEVER be to careful, am I right?). I waved the situation off and accepted the box, knowing I was going to be billed for the box I received. That same day I logged into my Bookworm Box account and checked if I actually skipped the box and I did. So why did the mailman deliver one? Who knows. Again, I clicked the skip button because…. I was sort of broke and couldn´t afford the following box.

A month later….

The mailman delivered 3 Bookworm Boxes. 3 (!!!) pretty purple book goodie packages on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. My first thought was:

  • The people over in Texas must find me special enough to sent me 3 Bookworm boxes
  • I won 3 boxes
  • Someone messed up
  • The internet was broken

One thing was for sure- I skipped that months box. There was no way I ordered those three. In the websites FAQs it´s stated that if you order more than one box then they cannot guarantee different books in those boxes. Meaning- you can get doubles and triple copies. Knowing that, why would I go out of my way and order more than 1 box if there´s a chance that I´ll receive more than 1 copy of the same book? Plus pay for that willingly? Speaking of paying…. I was billed for 3 boxes. Boxes I didn´t ask for because I hit the `skip` button.

I´m a stay at home mother. That means I have no income because I don´t work. I have 2 kids, a husband and we all live in a house that is under construction work since God know´s when. I´m not someone who complains much because life is what it is- not always easy. We´re not wealthy enough to throw money out the window but we´re not close to being poor, either. I can manage treating myself once in a while without living off of toast and butter for 2 weeks until pay-day.

I cannot buy 3 Bookworm boxes and sleep well at night. 3 boxes would be around 165 Euros for me. Can you imagine what my face looked like when the mailman delivered those packages? I was in tears because I was billed. That´s when I contacted the Bookworm Box. They needed to know that something wasn´t right. Customer service is a treat. The woman I exchanged emails with was a lovely, considerate person and after our brief exchange I was convinced that the problem was solved. I mean- we´re all only human, right? Mistakes can be made. But I was still billed.

A month later…..

3 (!!!) more boxes. I was in tears and ready to set my laptop on fire. That day my husband came home and we had a huge argument over my supposedly Bookworm Box addiction. In hindsight, I can´t blame him for his reaction. He saw 6 books, double, triple copies and thought I had lost it completely. To be honest- I thought I had lost it because I thought the problem had been taken care of. I was billed again.

I contacted the nice folks at the Bookworm Box once again and I was told that I had 3 accounts with each a subscription. I knew that wasn´t possible. I remembered signing in once. Because once is enough. After a long exchange I was promised the boxes wouldn´t be billed and that the 3 accounts would be deleted right away. I even got an apology, but that wasn´t any help because..I was billed anyways.

A few days later… 1 single box arrived. More tears were shed. I fired up my laptop and wrote another email, explaining that I got another box despite the fact that my account (s) has been deleted. I was freaking out. Why? Because by that time my credit card company froze my credit card because I reached my credit limit. One look at my online credit info had me in more tears. There I saw many many Bookworm boxes.

„Pay it forward.“ Was what the nice lady said. That´s a tough act for me to pull off because I live in Europe. No one from my inner / outer circle reads english novels. And doing a giveaway would involve more money from my side. Shipping costs can be a bitch. There was no way to pass the multiple books to someone else without having to pay.

You´re probably wondering about refunds, right?

Well, I was promised a refund for the boxes I received at the time but haven´t really gotten a refund.

That is scary stuff because I´ve never in my entire life reached my credit limit. I´ve never spent so much money on books before. Knowing you´re being billed is one thing. But seeing it with your own eyes will take you to a whole other level of “What the fuck am I going to do!”

In the end, I paid a stupidly, outrageous amount of money for books and swag. Money I don´t have and would never spend on surprise boxes, not even for the cute purple Bookworm boxes. Not even if it´s for a good cause. That´s a month worth of groceries for a 4 p. household. I could also get a complete outfits for my girls including gifts for each.

My point is- the money I unwillingly spent could have been used more productively. Not even the fact that my money went to charity can make me feel better because… Right now? With my bill? I don´t give a hoot about chartity.

Bottom line:

The Bookworm Box isn´t evil. The people at the Bookworm Box aren´t evil. But I do believe their system needs a little over looking and a good polish. Situations like mine shouldn´t happen.

Despite me being temporarily in a financial mess I still am a fan of the author and the Bookworm Box. I think it´s a great idea and will continue to support their cause, if only silently. I´m just going to stay far far away from them, from now on. I´ll admire all the good these people do from afar and hope to God I never receive another package again.

I want to end this on a good note without destroying anyone. I have no wish to purposely ruin anyone´s reputation, either. I just wanted to share my experience with The Bookworm Box, even if it wasn´t as great as I had hoped it would be.

All the best to the people at The Bookworm Box.

My Bookworm Box Arrived!

I´m going to mark my calendar today because, at last, I got my very first Bookworm Box. Oh, yes. After 29 long days of harrassing the mailman he finally showed up with a purple package full of book stuff just for me!

This is my first go with The Bookworm Box. To be honest- I´ve been wanting to subscribe and get a box for almost a year now but I constantly forgot it ( I swear, if my head wasn´t screwed on…. )

Anyways- It arrived today and the first thing I had to do was hide the package.

You see, I have 2 girls ( 5 yrs and 9 yrs) and color matters for my girls. It plays such an important roll in their lives. Anything purple, pink or neon is accepted. They´re also master thieves and can be vicious little witches when it comes to mommy´s stuff. Opening a purple box infront of them would cause a small war.

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For 6 painful hours I waited for them to go to bed so I could open “the purple box” a.k.a “Mommy´s Box”.

It felt like Christmas and my birthday when I lifted the lid. WOOT WOOT! And I had the time of my life combing through all the goodies inside ( alone, not wanting my husband to witness my awrkward book celebration moment. Video of that moment can be seen here)

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The package was filled with:

  • swag ( from authors: Marcia Boudreaux, Golden Czermak, Angela Corbett, Erin Noelle, Ophelia London, Lindsay Emory, Alexandra Haughton, Gabbie S. Duran, Kim Carmichael, Jodie Larson, Sabrina York)
  • swag from The Bookworm Box ( keychain, bracelet, and a pen)
  • 2 signed paperback copies ( Ready to Fall by Daisy Prescott, Unwritten by Chelsea M. Cameron)

Seriously- I´m a happy camper! I always welcome swag in any form and having signed paperbacks is like winning the Jackpot for me.

 

All in all- not a bad deal for $ 39.99. The Bookworm Box is about spreading the good, so 100% of the profit after overhead costs are donated to different charities each month.Which is in my opinion a good thing. It´s actually a win / win / win  situation. Authors are happy about the word being spread, readers receive great swag + signed copies plus charity is involved. Awesome stuff, if you ask me.

 

I can fully recommend purchasing a package from The Bookworm Box

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Visit The Bookworm Box and get a package yourself here.

Now it´s time for me to do some serious book shopping on Amazon.com. and become as poor as a church mouse within minutes!