I was approached by Roy Hill to take a look at and review his Tip Cup by Tipsters LLC.
This is a tip cup designed to fit in the cup holder and plugs into a USB that powers a multi-colored LED light. The cup has a “TIPS” sticker on (comes separate so you don’t have to use it) it and the whole cup puts a nice glow in the vehicle.
These come in 3 sizes: small (8″), medium (10″) and tall (12″). Roy was kind enough to send a medium sized Tip Cup to me to try out.
Upon receiving the Tip Cup I was impressed with the overall look. Clean, clear acrylic tube with a smaller opening in the top so money goes in easily, can’t be pulled out by passengers. The top rim does come off so you can get into the jar. It looked like a great size too, any taller would have been way to much in my car (I drive a MINI Countryman – SUV).
While still at home, I plugged in the USB to try the lights. Fun! Colorful, blinking option, very eye catching and would be entertaining to passengers.
So I was ready to try it out myself and found that the Tip Cup doesn’t fit in my cup holders. Very
disappointed. My cup holders are large enough to hold the 32 oz drinks from convenience stores so this was a surprise to me. The Tip Cup was too large for my cup holder, it would not go in at all.
I asked a couple of fellow drivers to try it out for me. Surprisingly, the Tip Cup didn’t fit well in their cup holders either, it didn’t seat all the way, would only go 3/4 of the way down. But it did fit better than in my car so they took the Tip Cup for a drive over the past week, driving only evenings and weekend nights.
While the photos will show that this is a really colorful addition to your car, there was no reported increase in tips nor did they have any comments from the passengers about the Tip Cup. Which I found surprising, I thought something like this would, at minimum, be a conversation piece.
So bottom line. I would give this item:
- for concept
- for design (doesn’t fit well in all cup holders)
- for serving the purpose of calling attention to / increasing tips
The Tip Cup sells for $38.95 shipped. If you are interested in purchasing one from Tipsters LLC, click here for their Facebook page and visit the shop.