First things first, if you've tried a subscription please comment below telling us about your experiences! This feedback will help other groomers know which to try and which to pass on. Might also help the subscription owners know what they're doing right/wrong! Did I miss one? Let me know so I can add it!
Hello All! Hope you're having a great 2018 so far!
This past year has been an exciting one in the grooming industry! There have been lots of new products and new subscription services! This is kind of a good/bad type situation. On the one hand, yay! We have a variety of great subscriptions to choose from and try out new products. The bad though, how on earth do you choose just one?!?!?
I wanted to make the search a little easier on everyone, little did I know doing the research on all these subscriptions would take all week!! Crazy! But in the long run I think it's worth it!
**I would like to note, all of these subscriptions are relatively new. As with any new business, there will be bumps in the road. These subscriptions can't get better without your feedback, so if there's something you like/don't like, let them know! If you've tried one in the past and weren't thrilled, maybe it's time to give them a second look. Almost all of these are owner/operated by people who are also groomers. As corny as it sounds, the grooming world is small and we are all a big family of sorts. Let's build each other up rather than tearing each other down. The information in this blog is based on customer reviews, as well as information received from the subscription owners and their websites.
I've broken them down into four groups
Don't want to read all this? No worries, I'll give you the highlights right here!
Groomer's Best Bet- goes to Love Groomer's VIP and Hot to Trot boxes! They can't be beat on the value of items included, and their customer service is above and beyond! This box doesn't include shears (currently, but maybe soon they say), but all of their customers sing their praises and you will not be disappointed!
Runner Up- Scissor of the month club! They had a few bumps in the beginning, but they got their manufacturing issues under control and they are now a favorite! Their customer service is also outstanding, and their line of Blake's Fleek shears are out of this world! Plus each month they include a coupon for the first sharpening of their shears free!
Honorable Mention- Pure Paws! Pure paws is a very new subscription but already making big waves! Their products are a big hit, as is their customer service! Their February boxes even arrived with big bows on the top! A present for you every month.
I chose not to pick a favorite from the accessories section since we have our own accessory subscription. I didn't want to be biased, so try them all and you decide! You'll end up using that many accessories anyway right?
Alright, so here we go! Hang in there until the end, it'll be worth it!
We're going to start with the Accessories subscriptions, for the obvious reason, it's my blog and we offer an accessory subscription. haha
The Little Bird Stop
Where to find it? Right here! https://www.thelittlebirdstop.com/monthly-subscriptions.html
What's the cost? There are many subscription options available, our most popular are the value packs which are $25 for small and $50 for large. However we also offer individualized packs of hair bows, bow ties, and neck ties so you can mix and match and create your own subscription starting at just $12-$17.
What's included? Value packs include Bows, Bow Ties, Neck Ties, and MORE! Specially chosen for the season and holidays of the month.
Is there a fee to cancel? Absolutely not! Cancel anytime. Switch to a different subscription anytime. You're the boss!
What are the pros? Not having to worry about ordering bows every month for one! Plus if you choose the value pack you get to try an assortment of products and new items that haven't even been released yet.
What are the cons? You don't get exposure to other companies, products or brands.
How's the customer service? I do my best to make every customer happy every time. You can message me or email me personally anytime you have an issue and we'll make it right.
What are people saying about it? See for yourself! https://www.thelittlebirdstop.com/customer-reviews.html
Worth the Value Paid? You always get a good value with us. We try to keep our prices affordable for groomers, comparable with our competition, while also keeping the quality top notch.
Bottom Line- Give it a try! You can cancel anytime, but you won't want to! I'm also a groomer, and myself and my coworkers use my products on our grooms. I wouldn't send you anything I don't love myself!
Where to find it? https://fozziebros.com/
What's the cost? Three Size Options, $35 (30+ accessories), $45 (45+ items), $75 (85+ items)
What's included? Their monthly collection includes bow ties, collar bows, collar flowers, bandannas and more! These come from a variety of vendors so you can get a diverse selection. Hair bows are not included, but can be added on! ($10 for 20)
Is there a fee to cancel? Nope!
What are the pros? You use accessories every month right? Save yourself a step and get them automatically shipped
What are the cons? Only con I see is getting things you may not want/use, however you probably have friends or coworkers who would want them right?
How's the customer service? They go above and beyond to be their for their customers.
What are people saying about it? Fozzie Bros is new, however the vendors they are using so far have great feedback themselves. The owners of Fozzie Bros also have Scissor of the Month club as well as The Blade Bag, which are both favorites among groomers.
Worth the Value Paid? That is up to you and how much you love to spoil your clients with fun accessories!
Bottom Line- Give it a try! You can always cancel and you'll get some fun bling!
Where to find it? http://groomergirls.storenvy.com/groomersclub
What's the cost? Options start at $32-$35
What's included? Their Tie Boxes include 40 total ties, 25 neck ties and 15 bow ties. This set is $32 per month. Their Value Boxes include 20 bows, 10 collar bows, 10 neckties, 6 bow ties, and 6 necklaces and is $35 per month.
Is there a fee to cancel? No fee, you just have to cancel before the 15th.
What are the pros? As with the other accessory subscriptions, these are items you will probably use every month and so getting them automatically delivered is a no brainer!
What are the cons? Getting products from just one vendor rather than an assortment.
How's the customer service? Great. Owner is also a groomer and knows the value of good quality supplies
What are people saying about it? People love their items from Groomer Girls!
Worth the Value Paid? Definitely! You get $3 off the regular price for subscribing and shipping is included.
Bottom Line- Scared to sign up? Go to their website and try out a regular order first! http://groomergirls.storenvy.com/products
Scissors! Scissor subscriptions are great because who couldn't use extra shears? Even if you already have them, you can always use a back up right? We've all had those moments as you watch your favorite curves fall to the floor and all you can do is cringe. Yes, backups are good!
There are other subscriptions that included shears, however these are the ones specifically geared towards a new scissor every month.
Freebird- Shear Gear
Photo by Lynn A Marad
Where to find it? freebirdshears.com
What's the cost? $52 for month to month. They also offer assorted prepaid plans that include free bonuses for signing up!
What's included? A freebird custom engraved shear, cool styling tool as a mystery gift, and a T-shirt.
Is there a fee to cancel? No, although you obviously can't cancel the prepaid
What are the pros? Everyone seems to like the shears they receive. They're good quality and the engraving is a nice touch. Their subscription comes with lots of customization options when you sign up (shirt size, righty vs lefty, etc).
What are the cons? Shipping time seems to be much longer than other subscriptions.
How's the customer service? I have unfortunately heard they are difficult to contact with issues.
Worth the Value Paid? The consensus seems to be that the shears are good quality and definitely worth the money.
Bottom Line- If you don't have a problem waiting, then this one could be a good deal! However their slow shipping time and lack of communication is a turn off for many of their customers.
Scissor of the month club
Where to find it? scissorofthemonthclub.com
What's the cost? $45 per month
What's included? Each month you are sent one pair of shears and a free gift! Each month the shears are designed specifically for the subscription to ensure a great variety in style, function, color, size, handle type, etc. The free gift will be something useful for grooming and in the past has been things like stainless steel combs, nail files, and vinyl aprons. There is also at least one grooming related sticker just for fun!
Is there a fee to cancel? No way Jose!
What are the pros? Great way to stock up on shears, especially for new groomers who may not have favorites yet!
What are the cons? Only con I see is getting shears you may not want/use, however you probably have friends or coworkers who would want them right?
Other Notes- According to the owner they had production issues when they first started out. This has since been resolved. Their customers have confirmed that there were issues in the beginning, but it's been smooth sailing since then! So if you tried them before, give them a second look.
How's the customer service? Great. Owner communicates well with the customers and really works to fix any issues.
Worth the Value Paid? Definitely!
Bottom Line- Give it a try! You can cancel anytime and if you're anything like me, you can always use more back up shears!
Variety boxes generally have a little taste from every aspect of the grooming world. Including shampoos, shears, perfumes, vet wrap, and more! They're a great bet to try things you may have never heard of before.
Love Groomers- VIP and