There’s a new trend online, and it’s making people money. But shoppers don’t even know what they’re purchasing.
They’re called “Mystery Boxes” and the products are popular on sites like Etsy and eBay.
"We order stuff on Amazon all the time, but we know what we're getting, says Aurelia Seward, a seller on Etsy.
“How much funner would it be to get a box and not know what’s inside of it?”
Seward sells all-natural holistic items and has been curating mystery boxes for about a month.
"My mystery boxes can be any array of items to handcrafted jewelry to real gem stones for healing,” she explains. “Lava stone bracelets for diffuser oils, essential oils, stuff like that."
Buyers can choose from all sorts of themed boxes, including electronics, toys, beauty products, etc.
Seward’s boxes sell for $10.
"I haven't been doing too much marketing for them, but the orders are rolling in, so that's kind of fun.
Some boxes can go for $150, but Seward cautions buyers to watch out for the more expensive ones.
"I've seen some that are really big duds,” she says. “Like, they have gotten dirty clothes.”
Buyers should also check the seller’s reviews before purchasing a mystery box.