Do you do subscription boxes?

By Yuki
@yukimori (9066)
United States
August 21, 2015 11:52am CST
You know, those things where you sign up to receive a monthly box of assorted random goodies. I've seen them for international foods, nail polishes, video game swag... it seems like there's a subscription box for everyone these days! I've always thought they were a little silly, personally. Oh, don't get me wrong--the concept's really neat. I'd just prefer to spend my money on something I know I'll like. Well, I did. Last night Facebook showed me a sponsored post for one of those services. I clicked through, and I'm probably going to subscribe to it. It's called Kiwi Crate, and it's targeted at kids who are 4-8 years old. The contents are supplies for two to three arts and crafts/engineering and science projects. In other words, it's perfectly targeted to Kid 1's interests. The company has different crates available for kids from 3-16+ so we'll probably subscribe for a while and get a second subscription for Kid 2 when she's old enough for the Koala Crate.
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@sunnypub (2131)
• United States
21 Aug 15
I do not subscribe to any of them but I do like the idea. For me, it is about money, I just don't have enough to add another monthly bill. One of my favorite places to buy crystals just started doing this type of thing and that is one I would definitely purchase if I could afford it. Something like the one you described is fantastic. I used to create my own craft boxes for my daughter. Stock up when I could on supplies so we always had something creative to do. She loved it. Worth every penny.
@yukimori (9066)
• United States
21 Aug 15
You know, that's a fantastic idea, too. I have a bunch of tubs full of craft supplies in the closet. I should get on Pinterest and find some things we can do with them.
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@GardenGerty (100472)
• United States
21 Aug 15
@yukimori I used to post ideas for crafts here. I may do that again. I worked for ten years in the schools, mostly pre school. I always did stuff with my kids, and my grand kids.
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@yukimori (9066)
• United States
21 Aug 15
@GardenGerty If you do, please feel free to suggest them to me! I still haven't figured out a system that works for me with regards to finding posts from the users I'm following.
@topffer (34646)
• France
21 Aug 15
It looks really interesting for me. I would have liked to have this box when I was a child. The only box I am subscribing to is a basket. I get every week a full basket of organic season fruits and vegetables. It comes from a local group of organic farmers and it is cheap (10 Euros/week). The only thing is that I cannot chose the content of the basket. It is both good and bad : bad when there is something that I dislike in the basket, good when there is something new that I never ate before to test, and because I have no more to buy fruits and vegetables in my supermarket (or less). I subscribed about 4 years ago for the organic food basket, and it is an habit now.
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@yukimori (9066)
• United States
21 Aug 15
That sounds fantastic! We don't have any subscription services like that here, but if we did I'd be very tempted. I just haven't had the time to plant and maintain my own garden, even though I intend to every year.
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@topffer (34646)
• France
21 Aug 15
@yukimori The farmers earn a little more by selling directly, I pay a little less, and everybody is satisfied. I have never been good with gardening. I have a quite large one with this house, but my new house has a smaller one and it will be perfect for me.
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@yukimori (9066)
• United States
21 Aug 15
@topffer Our backyard isn't really suitable for planting things, and the front yard... well, let's just say the local javelina would think it was a buffet laid out just for them!
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@kataomoi (706)
• Japan
22 Aug 15
Nah, I don't do subscription boxes. There's really nothing I need every month. They're a good idea for people who constantly need supply of an item though.
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• United States
21 Aug 15
I thought about signing up for Bark Box for the dog, but it was sorta expensive for what you gt.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
21 Aug 15
I just worry about the expense, but I bet that the kids get really excited when the boxes arrive.
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@much2say (39822)
• United States
21 Aug 15
I've seen those - even for monthly organic produce straight from the farm. I think there are good things about it - it might even make a nice gift for someone. But me personally, I like to hand pick the things that I want and watch carefully what I pay for, so I don't subscribe to anything like that (although I wouldn't mind receiving such a subscription gift!).
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@kaka135 (14055)
• Malaysia
23 Aug 15
I don't know about other subscription boxes, but I read about Kiwi Crate. It looks good for kids. I do not subscribe them as it seems quite costly for me, as I just make my own stuffs for my kids.