GlobeIn Artisan Box Review - June 2017 "Al Fresco" - Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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What is it? GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box 
How Much? $55/month, $150/3months, $270/6months + $12 shipping per box. All prices in US dollars. 
What’s in it? A themed collection of artisan-made products from around the world

Each month, GlobeIn delivers “the globe in a box” - a collection of artisan-made products from around the world, curated around a central theme. GlobeIn introduces you to products that you can feel good about - they are often organic, fair-trade, and support artisans and farmers from around the world.
 
Click here to see all my previous GlobeIn Artisan Box reviews.

As of June 1st, GlobeIn has increased their prices, and it's a significant increase. The monthly box is going from $40 to $55. The best savings are in a 12-month subscription, which is only going up $5 per box. In late May, GlobeIn sent an e-mail to subscribers, offering them a chance to lock in the old pricing. New subscribers, or those that re-new after May 31st, fall under the new pricing. GlobeIn says this change was necessary to "support our mission to empower remote artisans around the world through job creation and fair wages".

I'm going to be candid here. I know a lot of people are not happy with this huge price increase, especially since this is the second increase in less than a year. It hits Canadians especially hard with the extra shipping cost and horrible exchange rate. The monthly box, now at $67 US with shipping, is close to $90 Canadian. I'm pretty torn, since I have loved GlobeIn for so long, first subscribing in November 2014, when it was an e-market connecting global artisans to consumers, and the subscription box model was completely different than it is today. I've been happy with every box I've received, and the curation is always fantastic. That said, the value and quantity of products is not increasing with the box cost, and I worry the monthly cost won't be worth it anymore. Of course, the best deal is a 6 or 12 month pre-paid subscription, but many people shy away from longer commitments, and I don't blame them. So what to do? Subscribers will have to decide how much they love GlobeIn, how much they support GlobeIn's mission, and whether the new price works within their budget.

Now for the June review... The first box theme for June is "Al Fresco". The other theme, which I will be reviewing next week, is called "Refresh". Current subscribers will be able to make their choice until June 5th. New subscribers may have access to the new choices, depending on inventory.

In the art of the good life, you’re no amateur. Therefore, in the spirit of keeping you on the cutting edge of joie de vivre, we offer this upgrade to your open air accoutrement.

Because being outside is great, and eating outside even better, we've made sure your new blanket is extra roomy, your enamel plate durable and lightweight, your snack delicious and nutritious, and your utensil holder just plain helpful.

And because an outdoor affair is a sumptuous one at heart, the items in this rainbow-colored collection are anything but plain, chosen as much for function as for sheer delight. Enjoy!

First look!

Woven Utensil Holder from Mexico ($10)
This would be a nice addition to the picnic basket. It doesn't hold a whole lot; probably just enough for 2 people. It's a nice change to the usual woven basket.

Noah's Ark Enamel Plate from India (12", $20)
This metal enamel painted plate has a funky paint design. It's a good size and will be perfect for outdoor dining and serving. There

Artisan Tropic Plantain Strips from Columbia ($5)
This is a 1.75oz bag of plantain chips, baked with sea salt. GlobeIn listed the price for this bag as $5, but I found them online for $1.50 to $3.30.

Serape Woven Blanket from Mexico ($40)
This blanket is quite large at 60" x 44". It works as a blanket or a shawl. It's perfect for picnic time, or to keep warm while sitting on the patio. I love the colour scheme too. I have one very similar to this, but in black, white, and grey that I bought years ago while in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The June "Al Fresco" box from GlobeIn included four items, valued at $75 US. I really enjoyed this theme and the items included, especially the blanket. I am a huge fan of GlobeIn. I've been supporting them almost since the start, but I wish they hadn't increased the price by so much, so quickly.  

If you are interested in checking out GlobbeIn, new subscribers can save $10 OFF a 3-month or longer Artisan Box subscription using promo code WELCOME. The Al Fresco box is still available. Check it out here.

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Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up. 

Comments

  1. That plate design looks so pretty! Its a shame that the food item was expired though.

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  2. Expiry date of 2017 makes those chips good until the end of the year does it not?
    Thank you for the review, I love to see what is in the Globe -in boxes!

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    1. Oh my goodness, you are right! I must be brain dead. For some reason I had 2018 in my mind. I updated the post to fix it. Thank you so much!

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