Junk in Your Trunk Club, Part II

Yesterday, Trunk Club and their unique business model was the topic of discussion. This innovative model cuts out the process of going to a store and selecting items. Instead, clients can work with a stylist via phone or e-mail and have items delivered to try on and either keep or send back.

Intrigued by this opportunity, I went forward and ordered a “trunk”. The items I received were nice. I liked the styles. The items all went together well. The sizes were mostly right and fit well. Then, I looked at the prices. For eight items (3 l/s shirts, 1 s/s shirt, 1 sweater, 2 jeans, 1 pants), at full retail price, I was looking at a bill >$1,000. Those that know me know that I rarely pay full retail price and would not ever spend $1,000 on eight items of clothing. So, I sent the box back (postage paid by Trunk Club) and opted out of future service.

While I still like the prospect of selected items that can enhance and build my wardrobe, I am not willing to sacrifice my wallet for it. I am not cheap; I just know that there are better offers/deals/promotions out there to make the purchase more value oriented. Having previously run the wildly popular DealTaker.com website, my next step was to look up all of the items on my invoice online and see if I could source them in a way that was better for the pocketbook. After a short review, I was able to determine that I could indeed get all of the items online and at about a 30% discount on the total by using promotion codes or just seeing lower prices direct from the clothier.

Now to the title of these posts – Junk in Your Trunk Club. It may sound harsh and I may be exaggerating for effect. However, three of the items in the trunk I received were over a season old. I found the exact items on discounter websites for >50% off. Granted, I liked the items; however, why would I pay FULL retail price for items that companies had already jobbed out to discounters? It seems to me a “stylist” would factor in current trends to provide “style”.

Certainly this is a model ripe for disruption. I now move forward in that quest.

5 comments

  • I guess the stylist costs figure in… But if you wanted to shop at Neiman’s with a personal stylist, and pay full retail, you’d make that trip

  • Kevin the prices are quite clearly stated on the website, the service isn’t for everyone, but I think it’s unfair to say junk in your trunk. The service isn’t for the guy who has enough time on his hands to order a trunk and then check every single price to see if he can get a better deal. You wouldn’t go to a Porsche showroom and then complain that the prices are too expensive….why go in the first place if you aren’t prepared to fork out?

    • I get that the range of prices are quite clearly stated on the website – I am not contending that people are willing to trade time for price. Using your analogy, would I go into a Porsche dealer and pay full price for a 2011 911 in 2013? I would not.

  • Not to mention that these aren’t “porsche” quality clothes, just basics that aren’t *actively bad*.

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