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Help, I can't stop watching videos of people buying mystery boxes filled with shite

So. Much. Shite.

HAVING FOUND MYSELF drawn back into the world of YouTube after abandoning the daily vlogging families I obsessed over as a pre-teen, I started watching a lot of shite.

Despite the plethora of information at my fingertips, a world of knowledge awaiting me, I mostly know watch videos of people destroying makeup, and my latest and current favourite genre – people buying boxes of randomised shite off the internet.

Sorry, WTF are you talking about?

I’m talking about videos in which people scour the internet for said randomised boxes of shite on specialised sites. It’s the internet equivalent of Storage Wars, or it’s much less popular sister, Storage Hunters.

With some sites, you’re just given a category that the box falls under – beauty, fashion, electronics or whatever. Other sites give you the category of the box, and an inventory list detailing what’s inside the box. However, these can often be extremely vague and/or extremely incorrect, hence what makes them so watchable.

Former Buzzfeed staffer Safiya Nygaard has come into her own on YouTube, and her box of Amazon returns was my first toe dip into the world of mystery unboxing.

Source: Safiya Nygaard/YouTube

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Safiya paid about €438 for a box from liquidation.com, which auctions off Amazon returns packages. It was valued at over €1300, but was it a good deal in the end?

Among other things, she got a guitar case, a water flosser, an electric razor, some hair styling tools and a white noise machine. Now, listen, the items might not be to everyone’s taste, but by no means was a lot of the stuff cheap. So, you could argue that she did get her monies worth.

Bunnie Myer, on the other hand, did not. The YouTuber more commonly known as grav3yardgirl got absolutely shafted last year when she bought an €833 ’90s Collectors Mystery Box’.

Source: grav3yardgirl/YouTube

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In her box, Bunny received a “smelly” Nike windbreaker, a “hairy” Perler bead set, some assorted pencils, an eraser and a used hairdryer, among some other things. Yikes.

Good or bad, these types of videos tend to get millions of hits (not just from me hitting ‘refresh’, promise).The two mentioned above have nearly 15 million views between then, and they are really only the tip of the ice berg.

There’s a few for sale on eBay at the minute, mainly shipping from the UK, if you fancy having a true to life unboxing experience for yourself. There’s also some on Amazon too, so take your pick.

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