Does anybody else besides me think that Birchbox has been slacking with BB Man recently? I've been a subscriber since late 2012 and feel like they have been pushing the preview release date up a day or two month by month. The February box preview came out the day before the box shipped (1/24), which I thought was really bizarre and kind of irritating. It doesn't really make you get excited when you're going to receive the box itself just a few days after the preview (depending on your location).
Also, I feel like they've been recycling products and struggling to keep finding new items to send out. I've received the Towel Dry "Mid" styling cream twice, the Balia powder twice, and John Varvatos Artisan samples twice already. I had originally heard that BB gets their samples for free from larger companies who want people to try their products in hopes of increasing sales, but it's starting to seem like fewer new companies want to join in as the number of subscribers continues to skyrocket.
I really hope that they can rebound from what seems to be an overflow of subscribers and an underflow of new products, because if they don't, I'll probably cancel. A few friends have said the same thing, so I don't think it's just me who feels like the quality of the service, box, and company is declining. Their "request an invite" thing is also pretty f-ing pretentious considering it seems like you just put in your email address and wait 72 hours for them to "accept" your request, as if they decline anybody for the sake of quality.