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My family buys a lot of our staples at Costco, as well as some of our groceries. With a family of five, buying in bulk works well for us these days. I also think the prices are consistently pretty good, even if they aren’t the absolute lowest. So I was naturally a bit intrigued when I heard about Boxed.com.
Boxed is basically a wholesale club — think Costco, Sams, or BJ’s — that delivers to your home, and without a membership fee.
According to this CNBC article, they are getting good traction in cities and rural areas, two markets that are poorly served by wholesale clubs. Not surprisingly they are also popular with the millennial crowd, who think that everything in life should be done on an app, such that 80% of their customers are between the ages of 25 and 44. Interestingly, their founder, Chieh Huang, comes from a gaming background, having sold his startup to Zynga in 2011.
My experience with Boxed
Despite being founded in 2013, I hadn’t heard of Boxed until they ran an Amex offer earlier this year. So I figured I’d give it a try.
I used that offer to buy Smashburger gift cards which they had listed for $92. By combining the Amex offer, a $15 off $60 new customer discount — which you can get by using my referral link or leave your own in the comments — and the 8% inherent savings of gift cards, I figure I got $100 of Smashburger gift cards for about $50. That seems pretty good to me, as we’re a fan of quick-service dining, particularly with the kids along. (You can also simply apply Promo Code KNS1E at checkout.)
$100 of burgers and fries for about $50 is not a bad deal
The gift cards arrived promptly and were packaged such that they seemed to be intended for sale at Costco — it actually said Costco on the envelope! So I’m not sure if Boxed is buying and reselling gift cards that they pick up at Costco, or if Smashburger is sending them gift cards that they packaged for Costco, but whatever. The bottom line is that I’m saving 50% at Smashburger, which is awesome.
I later placed another order for cereal and toilet paper, which is probably more of what they would like their future core business to be. That order also arrived as expected, in a big Boxed branded box.
Back in grad school, I could have subsisted for months with just this
Save $25 off $75 at Boxed with Amex offers
Boxed is back with a new Amex Offer. This time it’s good for $25 off $75 by September 30, 2017.
If you’re a new customer, you can combine that with the new customer discount and effectively replicate the deal that I described above. But even if you are a returning customer, you can still probably find some things that will save you money.
I assume that the gift cards are quite popular, as they seem to come and go in terms of availability. At the moment there are appear to be gift cards for Smashburger and P.F. Chang’s. But in the past I’ve seen some for Outback Steakhouse, SpaFinder, and MovieTickets. So if you have an eye on gift cards, I suggest checking back every few days because they do seem to come back in stock quickly.
My wife and I are intrigued by the Boxed concept because we’re at the point in our lives where we need to buy a lot of essentials and we don’t have a lot of time to do it.
If we could switch some of our Costco shopping to a delivery service, that would be great, even if it just cuts down the frequency of the trips. We’ve actually been using Door to Door Organics for much of our fresh produce, which displaced many of our supermarket trips, so perhaps Boxed can do the same for Costco in our life. We shall see.
And for sure, I’m happy to see them continuing to run Amex offers to grow their customer base. They definitely got me to pay attention.
Have you ordered from Boxed.com?