“ Brand: Suck UK / Novelty money box „
This Suck UK Save Money Box was bought for me by a friend after a drunken conversation where we talked about being a ridiculous saver and always being short of money! She also knows that I spend a considerable portion of my day on the computer - and so I guess she felt that a money box that is done in the design of a computer keyboard key would have the biggest impact. While I thought it was funny as a novelty, I have to say that as a money box it really isn't great - and so I'm really not going to be gushing in praise for this product. As I said, this was a gift, but I have looked online for the purpose of this review and have found the Suck UK Save Money Box being sold for about £7.50 - which I actually think is fairly expensive for a product that is actually very basic in terms of its function and design.
As I said, the money box is designed in terms of a keyboard key. It's white and it has the word "save" written on it, and then a slot in the centre which allows you to post coins or notes through it into the box part. It is fairly small for a money box, measuring just 10 cm x 10 cm x 5.5 cm and so I personally found that I couldn't get very much money in it at all. Once the money is the the box then you release the clips and then you can take the money out......and then use it again. The lid stays on tight until the clips are removed - and because it is quite thick plastic, it is wipeable and fairly sturdy.
I have to say that it simply is what it is. It's basic, it's unoffensive.....but it's fairly useless. As a novelty then it's fine, but for practical purposes I just think there are better money boxes out there.
I got this Suck UK money box as part of my dooyoo Christmas stocking, and at first glance I was excited to see a product from Suck UK as I can't justify buying anything from there but I've always loved the look of their quirky products! It's a great brand for gifts or those with money to burn. You can check out more of their fun products at www.suck.uk.com.
On to the money box. I have to say I was quite slow at getting the joke; it's designed to look like a computer key with 'Save' written on it - a key that used to feature on keyboards a few years ago. The hardest part was getting it out of the box without ripping it, as the box wasn't a straight cuboid shape but rather sloped up in almost the same shape as the money box itself, and too cute to ruin!
Once we got the money box out of the box, I examined it closely and thought the quality was pretty good. It's made of thick plastic and the black 'Save' writing seems quite hardy. The strange thing about it is the bottom of the money box, as for some reason it has a metal plate you remove to access your money. I would personally prefer a plastic lid or a cap of some kind, because I found the metal quite difficult to remove - although maybe that will make you think twice about spending your savings!
The money box is on the small side, so unless you're giving it to a younger person (and I can't see a kid appreciating the design very much), I would recommend storing notes in here, or perhaps £2 coins. The slot is wide enough so that this is possible.
I can't remember the last time I bought a money box, but this one will hopefully encourage me to save some money in 2011 - particularly as I've nearly maxed out my ISA limit. It's also useful for storing loose change in.
The cost is quite expensive at £7.50, but considering Suck UK's prices in general, I don't think it's particularly bad. It's a nice jokey present for the geek in your life and they will know it's from an expensive brand due to the Suck UK box.
Overall, I'm giving my rating based on if I'd chosen to buy this product (therefore excluding price and design, and focusing on quality, packaging, novelty and functionality) and I give this 3.5 stars - rounded down to 3 for dooyoo purposes.
Made from: Plastic
Size: It's small
Cost: £7.50 - not cheap!
Worth buying?: Only as a quirky gift
Another item from my Dooyoo winnings is up next, didn't know really what to think of this one at first as it's not really my thing so to speak.
Suck UK 'Save' Money Box:
This is rather a novelty item and for a money box is rather small, the one I have at the moment is like a big glass jar and it adds up what you have put in as you go.
The money box is designed to be an over-sized version of a keyboard key, which I guess for people that are really into their computers would suit them. It is very different from most standard money tins which I guess is the idea to have some thing a little different/quirky/fun.
It measures 10.5 x 10.5 x 5.5 cm so you can tell from that it isn't going to hold much loose change but still a different gadget to have. It's plastic with a metal base that clips off in order to get out your savings; so it can used again and again.
It is cream in colour with 'save' in black writing and personally not a fan of the colour as my computer accessories are all in black so this really wouldn't match anything in the computer room. You slide your loose change in to the slot provided at the top of the key and it slides in easily with a clunk as it hits the metal base.
Price and Availability:
This money box will set you back £7.50 from the Suck Uk web site and I know this is more of a novelty item more so but still I think at £7.50 you can certainly buy a much better savings tin. The 'save' money box can also be purchased from Amazon for just a little more at £7.63.
Well not really something I would pick for myself or nor would I choose it as a gift for others, I think for what it is its way over priced. For £7.50 you can get bigger and better ones, and ones that add up along the way. As this was a free gift I didn't want to be to harsh in reviewing this, but sorry I'm just giving my honest opinion.
Just a short review as there is just not much to say about this money tin.
Sorry Dooyoo but I think this shall go on my give away pile.
One out of five stars from me.
Thanks for reading :o)