Welcome to the second part of my reviews of some popular subscription services. Today's post is all about Olive Box, a subscription for "a delightful box of paper & lifestyle products delivered to your front door each month. From cards to artwork to inspiring books and gifting ideas, you never know what exciting products you will unwrap each month. Each box will have a surprise theme and will include goodies that have been transformed by the beauty of paper." The attention to detail on the packaging was really nice. I loved how the enclosed note had a little heart sticker just like the logo. The box contained one greeting card, one Night Owl grocery list, and an issue of Sweet Paul magazine. I picked up the box from the post office on the way to one of my jobs. I didn't have any stationery with me, but I had letters to return. "What fortune!", I thought, "I have this mysterious box which is surely full of stationery as it is a papery subscription."
So, I was really, really disappointed to be presented with a single card, a small notebook with a specific, non-correspondence purpose, and a magazine which, though nicely designed and photographed and I could cut up into some pretty envelopes, seems to be mostly about food. I suppose the surprise theme is something to do with cooking. Even months later, I'm disappointed by it. At $32.95 with shipping, it was the most expensive of the services I tried and the least satisfying.
A word to the wise, as a subscription, it automatically signs you up for the next round. I was unlucky enough to not even receive my first box before I got charged for another. Plus, the website is not very helpful when you want to cancel. I had to send in an email request. I also have yet to receive the second box I was charged for; so I've sent another email. Email sending is not my favorite thing. My second box was a bit more enjoyable content wise, but as I didn't want or need it in the first place, that's not enough to make me more charitable in my assessment. I cannot endorse Olive Box. It feels too style-based without enough substance to really satisfy my paper needs. Maybe I just got a bad batch though.
As with the Quarterly Co. review, I'm having a giveaway of this box! The giveaway is for MEMBERS ONLY. If you win, you'll need to supply your Letter Writers Alliance member number to redeem your prize. We'll cover the shipping domestically, but International friends will be asked to reimburse us any shipping costs. The rules are simple. Leave a comment with something you would hope to get in a mystery paper box. A winner will be picked at random next Wednesday! ***Contest is now closed. Thank you.***