It is all fun and games until someone gets hurt (or charged)!
I discovered the ShoeDazzle shoe/handbag/accessories club and the JewelMint jewelry club through YouTube mentions.
ShoeDazzle is a website that specializes in shoes, handbags and jewelry to fit your style. To start out they have you set up and account and take a "Style Quiz". This is basically a set of pictures of different styles and you select the ones you prefer depending your personal tastes. This sets up your "style profile" and every month a few items that fit your profile are featured in your "closet". You may chose to buy any of the items you find appealing for a flat rate of $39.99 with free shipping. Each month your closet is updated with new styles that may suit your style.
JewelryMint is centered around the same concept but focuses on jewelry and each item or set is $29.99.
I thought this was a great concept and would be fun to have a "personal shopper" select styles for me to browse. I even went ahead and purchase one item each last month from both websites.
Now, they say it's a free monthly subscription to these websites and you are only charged when you purchase an item from your "closet" or "showroom". Sounded great to me! WRONG!
I check my accounts everyday out of habit and lo-and-behold I had charges from both these websites as a "monthly subscription charge". Excuse me! I call both of them right away to set things straight!
Here's what I found out:
- Both websites charge your account/credit card a monthly amount ($39.99 for ShoeDazzle and $29.99 for JewelryMint).
- This amount is then credited to your ShoeDazzle or JewelryMint as a virtual "store credit" for use on your NEXT purchase.
- This is done each and every month and the balance on your account is good for a year. What happens after a year? Poof! It's theirs to keep!
Bottom Line - Even though they CLAIM there is no monthly fee, they still charge your account for one purchase a month whether or not you actually purchase an item UNLESS you opt to SKIP that month between the 1st and 5th of the month (ShoeDazzle and JewelryMint - confirmed by customer service). Now, maybe it's just me but I do NOT want to be obligated to a monthly purchase every month from any website. No one should FORCE me to buy something even if I don't want to. Plus I don't want to have to SKIP each month in order to avoid being charged. With so much going on I am sure to forget. My money is mine to spend and I won't be BULLIED into making a purchase!
Needless to say I CANCELLED both subscriptions and I am putting this WARNING out there for others. Maybe you are okay with being compelled to purchase an item each month because you like what they have to offer....or maybe you are not. Choose wisely!
P.S. Excuse the quotes and all caps. When I am heated I get sarcastic : )