I’m a big fan of automation. Not having to think about mundane things on a regular basis is always attractive, since I want to be able to focus on things that are important as often as possible. Enter Manpacks, a service that automatically sends male underwear every three months, which they figure is just often enough to keep you well stocked.
On its face, it seems just about perfect: I’d have fresh, clean clothes for $8 a month. I certainly spend more than $8 a month on less important things, and I suspect some of my undershirts could use replacing, not to mention the mysterious drop in sock attendance I’ve noticed lately. (Mysterious, but par for the course.)
I did a little digging, both on the site and in my brain, and discovered some other aspects:
- Shipping is $6, every three months, so it’s really $10 a month (admittedly not a huge jump)
- I really have no idea how often I buy new socks, or other underwear. I know it’s more than every three months, but does that make me a slob?
- There’s also the environmental cost of having trucks and planes deliver me this package every three months, when I could just be buying only what I need the next time I’m at the store buying other things
- What do I do with the old underwear? (Pleasantly, Manpacks has some honorable suggestions, including Goodwill.)
As you might know, I’m currently aggressively paying down my credit card debt, (except when other things get in the way), but I’d love to live vicariously through one of you. Do you subscribe to any automatic necessity delivery services, clothing or otherwise?
Updated December 22, 2011 and originally published March 23, 2010. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.