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Dottie Box Subscription Review – October 2013

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Dottie Box Subscription Review - October 2013

Dottie Box is a monthly hand-made subscription box for women. I like to think of it as a curated box of great Etsy finds each month!

Dottie Box kindly sent me this box to review!

Dottie Box Subscription Review - October 2013Dottie Box Subscription Review - October 2013

The Subscription Box: Dottiebox

The Cost: $20 a month plus $6 shipping

The Products: Handmade products from independent artists

Ships to: US only

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Dottie Box Subscription Review - October 2013

Megan McCrary Inspirational Magnet Set – Value $7

Kando Bakery Campfire S’more – Value $2

These magnets are heavy-duty and well-made. I love the colors, the font and the inspirational words! (I don’t eat gluten, so my husband got to enjoy this delicious-looking s’more bar!)

This box also included a $15 off coupon at Casetegram. (I don’t count coupons toward the value of the box unless you can get an item for no cost, but casetegram cases start at $34.95).

Dottie Box Subscription Review - October 2013

Letterpress Mum Coasters – Value $3

DipDaDip Things & Stuff To Do List – Value $10

Verdict: I liked the design of everything in this box, and I’ll use everything so that’s a win! (I probably wouldn’t pay $10 for a notepad, but it’s cute!)

What did you think of the October Dottie Box?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

10 Comments

  1. I too am considering a cancellation, I really wanted to love it, but the value and consistency just isn’t there. i started with a dottiebox mini ( which was …um…okay…? ) then I accidentally bought a gift box instead of signing up for the monthly subscription ( and that was a really nice box, hairties, nail decals, nal balm, hair chalk and a bracelet! ) then I signed up for this box and its… meh….maybe ordering a gift box once every quarter is a better deal?

  2. Some people obviously don’t understand how a business works. If they paid retail price for items then you’d be charged double what the merchandise is worth. How do you think they make money to buy the next months items? The total box value is based on the retail price because if you bought it retail, that’s what you’d be paying.
    I’ve been very pleased with all my boxes since day one. I appreciate handmade things and understand what goes into making them, not everyone does. I think Dottiebox does a fantastic job to help promote new business and causes and I love my handmade bead necklace!

  3. I received a totally different box:

    – Tiny Farm Studio recipe card set $8.50
    – Bella Rose Chocolates pumpkin spice hot chocolate $2.50
    – Coco Lacquer nail polish $2.00
    – White Peach pottery necklace $20.00

    You would think the necklace would be so awesome, but it’s literally from the stone age (as in something Wilma or Betty would wear.) There are four balls strung together with a black link chain. The balls are made of clay/stone? and are the size of small jawbreaker. The necklace weighs SO MUCH!

    The pumpkin spice hot chocolate is in the mold of an ice cube tray. I think you are suppose to stir it into warm milk? It smells nice.

    The recipe cards look nice, for PAPER!

    The nail polish is a tiny sample size of red.

    I have to say, the best thing in the box is the chocolate. At least I didn’t get a note pad?!

    • OOps…looks like I reviewed the NOVEMBER box. LOL

      I got the same stuff for October as everyone else.

  4. I subscribed to this box in the beginning and was also a little put off by the value of the box. So you don’t have to pay for shipping if you’d bought everything separately. Then again you’d probably certainly like everything you bought. I also didn’t like finding this on their site for potential vendors:

    “We do purchase featured products, however we do not pay retail. We ask for a below wholesale price quote. We ask for low prices because we must keep our boxes of a great value in order to keep such a large customer base.”

    Let me get this straight, the box is purchased for $25, is valued right about there, but was filled at a discount? That was way too backwards for me and I cancelled. Terrible value, apparently greedy company.

    • I so totally agree with you. I ordered the Dottie Mini and I felt the value wasn’t HALF of the subscription price. I thought about holding out for November to see if perhaps this month would be better, but after I wrote a review stating how disappointed I was in the contents of the box on their site, and their refusing to post it, I was completely disheartened by the company. I feel the prices provided for what they send you is inflated. That notebook is NOT worth 10 dollars and the mini pad they sent their Dottie mini subscribers wasn’t worth 50 cents!! There are just so many other better subscriptions. This one isn’t worth it.

  5. This was my first box and I was very disappointed. I got it after lusting after the September box and definitely think it could have used one more higher value item. The notepad has maybe 20 pages, definitely not worth $10.

  6. I haven’t read the review………I am hoping I can hold out and be surprised when my box comes. I’ve never been able to not peak before though!

  7. I was super disappointed it. It felt more like freebies that businesses hand out to promote themselves. I definitely didn’t feel it was worth the total of $26 (with shipping). That notepad was not worth $10. I decided to cancel.

    • Seriously? Another notepad???? I got notepads last month in both the Dottiebox and Dottiebox mini!

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