Why Boxed.com Beats Amazon.com

By Makani Speier-Brito on September 4, 2015

Hi Slugs, classes begin September 24. Now is the time to begin compiling a list of essentials you will need for the school year. I usually go to Amazon.com to purchase my textbooks and essentials. When I check out my order, Amazon delivers my orders to my door. Lately, I have been finding Amazon to be a messy array of options. I like the detailed preferences Amazon provides, but sometimes I just want to buy my supplies and check out. Boxed.com is like going to Costco online.

Boxed.com is a website to buy the supplies you normally buy throughout the year. For example, that huge box of Cheerios nearly every college student has in their home. Or for the ladies, a massive box of Always pads with wings. The design of Boxed.com is clean and simple. Your first order is free and afterwards, shipping is free with purchase(s) over fifty dollars.

Pantry Items Delivered to Your Doorstep 

I live in Santa Cruz.  Students living in Santa Cruz are encouraged to support the community by buying local. In particular, people in Santa Cruz are encouraged to be mindful. I like buying local for fruits and vegetables at New Leaf or Trader Joe’s, but where do I buy items for the pantry? Pantry items include food with a long shelf life. Boxed.com offers a large selection of packaged food that will last awhile, like a big box of Mac N’ Cheese for an easy dinner. Boxed.com provides an extensive collection of bottled water, coconut water, teas, coffees and a spiced Chai latte drink mix.

Boxed.com Compared to Costco

I would rather do my school shopping online. I was joking with my friend Samantha. I asked my stepmom to send a jumbo pack of Always pads. My friend Samantha asked me, ‘Why don’t you just go to the store and buy some pads?’ I explained to Samantha how it is expensive here in Santa Cruz for the savvy student. With Costco, you need to have a membership to enter the massive warehouse. You do not need to be a member to purchase things from Boxed.com. ‘Boxed’ prides itself in having zero membership fees. You simply load up your online cart and check out.

Top Five Essentials for the College Student

  1. Toothbrushes (https://www.boxed.com/product/272/oral-b-pro-health-toothbrush-8-pack-crisscross-bristles-m/)
  2. Floss (https://www.boxed.com/product/48/glide-multi-protection-floss-6-x-43.7-yards/)
  3. Soap (https://www.boxed.com/product/421/dove-beauty-bar-16-x-4-oz.-bars-sensitive-skin/)
  4. Bottled water (https://www.boxed.com/product/1018/voss-artesian-water-12-x-11.15-oz.-bottles/)
  5. Protein bars (https://www.boxed.com/product/7/nature-valley-protein-chewy-bars-26-bars-pb-dark-chocolate/)

What are the benefits of buying wholesale?

When you buy wholesale, the prices are lower and more reasonable. Buying large quantities means ‘big savings.’ Go to: http://boxed.com/ and load up on supplies for the upcoming school year.

Makani Speier-Brito reads, writes, and edits. She contributes articles about her experiences attending the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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