Ever wondered what it’s like to not have to leave your home for anything (or well, most things)? And sometimes, one-off delivery services just seem too costly, since you have to pay an extra delivery fee every time you order something.
It seems like many are finding subscription services as a new way to keep track of their daily necessities and leisure purchases. Zuora Inc., a global cloud-based subscription management platform provider, conducted a survey on subscription preferences in 2019. And across 12 countries, 71 per cent of adults have a subscription service.
We speak to real women who are avid users of subscription services to find out why they signed up for subscription services and if they are worth the money.
Angeline Poh, 35
Subscribes to: Coffee
The 35-year-old communications associate loves coffee. And she’s been on various coffee subscriptions for the past two years. “I can’t live without coffee, but I also don’t own a coffee machine at home,” she shares. “So coffee subscription boxes are perfect for me, I can try a new type of coffee every once in a while.”
Why she recommends them:
“They deliver on time, that’s very important. So I subscribe to both, I know it sounds a little intense (haha). Hook Coffee’s drip packaging is so convenient as I only need to add hot water and leave it alone. Their Arabica coffee grounds always come freshly roasted. You can really taste the freshness because the flavour is so much more intense.
“As for Cowpresso, I adore their artisanal blends. My favourite one is the Golden Cup Blend, it’s fruity, chocolatey and nutty at the same time. I opted for the bi-weekly surprise plan on their site – you get six bags of coffee (surprise flavour) over the course of three months. And most importantly, they value customer service. You can always give them a call if you’re looking to try something new and they take customisation orders as well!”
Who will enjoy them: Coffee lovers, obviously. If you’re just starting out into the world of subscription services, try the more affordable Hook Coffee subscription service.
Sarah Chong, 42
Subscribes to: Vitamins
The future is here. You can take a simple online test to figure out what bodily nutrients you’re lacking and get them shipped to you stat. According to the 42-year-old business manager, she’s seen slight improvements in her overall health after getting on a monthly vitamin schedule with Persona Vitamins since December 2019.
“I’m not someone who spends enough time researching over-the-counter supplements. So I thought this was a great way to start my vitamin journey,” she says. “Although the site was intimidating, it’s actually really reliable and easy to use.”
Fave subscription service:
Persona Vitamins (individual supplements start at as low as USD$0.05, but a full subscription can go up to USD$80 a month).
Why she recommends this service:
“It has an iPhone application version that is much more user friendly. After taking the Persona test, which asks you some questions on your health and lifestyle habits, you’ll be given a prescription. I have psoriasis, so the test recommended a borage and saffron vitamin pill. Saffron is said to have anti-inflammatory properties. And after seven months, my psoriasis is slightly more controlled. You can also drop the recommended products and add other supplements you want.
“The company is also founded by a team of professionals who are available via an instant messaging function. There are licensed nutritionists who can help you analyse what you need. I think it’s a great place to start if you don’t know your vitamins all that well.”
Who will enjoy this: Those who want efficiency. The service seems a little pricey, considering that you only get a 28-day supply of vitamins at one go, as opposed to purchasing a bottle of 100 vitamin-pills at the local pharmacy for just $30. But if you can’t find time in your schedule to trawl the web to figure out what vitamins you need or even head to the pharmacy to purchase a bottle, this could be an alternative.
Subscribes to: Books
Shoutout to the ladies who love their feminist literature. Part-time lecturer Samira, who’s also a self-professed bookworm, recommends the Feminist Book Club subscription service for those who enjoy the works of feminist authors.
Feminist Book Club (ships worldwide at USD$42+ a month)
Why she recommends this service:
“I love a good subscription box that’s filled to the brim. This box doesn’t just come with a book, it comes with an additional three to five products from female-owned businesses in the states. Part of your subscription goes to support these businesses, so it’s a fun way to support women across the world!
“Other than that, you also gain access to the book club’s exclusive Facebook page where you can exchange thoughts and book reviews with women from all over the world.”
Who will enjoy this: Women who want to support other women, and those who love a good read but can’t find the time to look for books and/or read reviews online. Plus, a book club that encourages female friendships? Go forth, and sign up.