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GlobeIn Pricing Changes – Lock in Prices by May 31st

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Thanks, Stefanie, for letting us know about these price changes coming to GlobeIn. Here are the new rates:

And current subscribers can lock in a lower price:

(Upgrade your account by May 31st to lock in these prices.)

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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!

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32 Comments

  1. The thing with any mystery and/or subscription box is that the value needs to outweigh the price. We are paying up front for items we didn’t choose and in some cases didn’t even preview prior to opening the box. This means that invariably people will get items that they do not like/want/etc. For example, I chose the epicure box last month solely for the stemless wine glasses. I did not like or want anything else in that box. In fact, I was hoping I would be one of the lucky ones who got the replacement item, but I got the cutting board that I had already received in my picnic box and had never used… I wish they actually allowed people to choose their own substitution. Speaking of substitutions, isn’t that how they justified the last $5/month increase? Whatever happened to that? And now they are asking for $15 more a month!

    At $55 you are basically paying retail and are much better off with any of the previously mentioned options or doing the club and just adding what you want.

    Also, I would like to note that I find it incredibly fishy and disheartening that you can only find these reviews on second party sites. I know for a fact that there were comments about this on the Facebook page, someone else mentioned the facebook comment review above so I know I’m not alone here! Why have they been removed? Just an observation and a thought because I believe in honesty and transparency from businesses and they should not be removing or asking people to remove reviews or comments that show a subscribers displeasure as long as it is an honest review.

  2. Can’t do it! SMH…….. Not worth it, at that price and on a budget!

  3. I’m so torn on what to do. This is one of my favorite subs so I had planned to keep it, but that price increase is significant. I would lock in with a several month sub but after the LLB mess, I’m hesitant to do that.

  4. I love Elevita -it’s only $30 a month and it’s run by volunteers. Everything in their shop is reasonably priced, and you always get at least 3 items. The most beautiful scarf I have ever received was in an Elevita box a couple of months ago. And their is always a card with each one identifying the artisan.

    • Love my Elevita sub too! I picked it up a few months ago as a replacement after I dropped Globein. And yes, that scarf is gorgeous. It’s also worth mentioning that Elevita is a nonprofit organization with an all volunteer staff, so most of the profits go to the artisans. Not that there’s anything wrong with working with artisans and being a for profit company. I only bring it up because I and a lot of people here seem to really care about how much of their money goes towards helping artisans in impoverished areas. It’s a good box to consider.

  5. I canceled after the last price increase. What pushed me over the edge was finding price tags from Ten Thousand Villages attached to some of my items. I could go to that local store and pick out the exact items I want, in the colors, sizes, etc. that I want.

    • Wait, what???

      • It’s sad, but true. And while that business also has a good mission statement, it’s not what I signed up for with GlobeIn.

  6. I really loved the May box. This has been one of my favorite subscription boxes for a while. I am still on the fence of continuing with the box. I hope that our feedback is being heard.

    • I actually sent GlobeIn the link to this page and suggested they read the comments, with the following message:

      “You might want to check out the comments on this page… if there are this many people who find the increase unsustainable … imagine how many more don’t follow this website and didn’t bother to comment. I appreciate the thought and analysis that went into the decision- but it certainly won’t be a benefit to you or the artisans you represent if a large percentage of your current subscribers drop the service because they can’t afford to part with that much money on a monthly basis for items that aren’t essential. Don’t get me wrong — I love the curated items — but the vast majority are not things I NEED (like housing, food, heat, fuel, etc…).

      It would be truly heartbreaking if Globein were to fail now, because it over-estimated the largesse of it’s subscribers.”

      • DT. Thank you for saying this to Globein. I basically said the same and Tom (customer service) basically just ignored me and thanked me for being a member and sorry to see me go, la, la, la. I love what they did before, but now feel they are not following their customer base and are going to lose out. It’s just way to expensive now. The increase last year and now another on top of it brings its total to $20 increase in the span of 12 months. NOt good when you go from $35/month to $55 month. Thanks $240 a year increase. Way to much. Like you I need to pay my mortgage, car, food, clothing etc.

      • I saw that review on Facebook! I absolutely agree with you… also saw their response to your original updated review, completely disregarding everything but giving you a “personal thank you email” for the support oblivious to the fact that yours is voicing pretty much the sentiment that we all feel.

  7. I went ahead and upgraded my subscription for 6 more months. Despite EVERYTHING I’m still interested in this box. However when I upgraded, my subscription settings did not take in to account I still have 2 boxes left from my previous subscription. The first response from customer service did not get it resolved so I’m still waiting. I wanted to point this out to anyone else who may have upgraded their subscription.

  8. I went ahead and upgraded my subscription for 6 more months. Despite EVERYTHING I’m still interested in this box. However when I upgraded, my subscription settings did not take in to account I still have 2 boxes left from my previous subscription. The first response from customer service did not get it resolved so I’m still waiting. I wanted to point this out to anyone else who may have upgraded their subscription.

  9. my artisan sub is up for renewal in September, and I have the club box. I will let the artisan run our and keep the club for add on purposes.

    This only helps my effort to make decisions on boxes I will continue with and those that I will not. I Love this box but I am running out of room for like items such as same kind of basket, glass ware, and blankets.

    Some of the carved wood items really helped in the last few boxes, and the men’s items that I can use as gifts for guys in my life. Pottery would be great if they are looking for ideas?

  10. On the odd occasion when they offer a specific product I actually want, I just wait a bit and then get it on eBay from a subscriber that wants to unload it. Problem solved.

    I’ll donate directly to the causes I want to support, thank you.

    • Oh ebay! I didnt even think of ebay for this stuff….do alot of items appear on there? Like, is there a good chance i can find things on it from this box??

      • Excellent chance. You’ll get to choose from several offers.

  11. I think they’re confusing with their customer base for charitable donations. The things they’re trying to accomplish are great but in that entire letter there not one mention of the consumer getting anything at all for the increase in the subscription. It feels like they want to look good but at the cost of someone else… It was a cool box and i’ve always been on the fence since I already have three subs most months and then a small mystery box obsession at least they made this decision for me easy. I tend to want to donate directly to causes I support if they’re pushing the charity portion this hard they should at least send out a tax deductible form for some small portion of the subscription.

    • This reminds me of Shark Tank whenever these people with charitable missions want funding. They’re so focused on trying to do good they forget they’re a business.

      I’ve always liked the idea of this box, but that price jump is absurd.

    • There was something rubbing me the wrong way about this change (besides the obvious fact that I would be spending more money) and I think you’ve hit the nail on the head, at least from my perspective. While I’m definitely on board with GlobeIn’s mission, I don’t consider my purchases with the company to be a charity contribution. I love the fact that the money I spend with GlobeIn is supporting important projects, but at the same time — and while this may sound crass — I consider myself a customer of the company, not a donor. I would have been on board with a modest monthly increase, or maybe a larger increase rolled out in stages, but if the company needs to immediately increase the subscription cost by 30 percent, perhaps it should be seeking alternate sources of funding (one beyond — or in addition to — its subscribers). I’ve locked in the original rate for another three months, but after that I’ll (very sadly, because I love this sub) have to cancel, as GlobeIn has now priced itself outside my budget.

      • I think globe in can actually be getting a tax deduction as it is.

  12. Wow! I can understand what they’re trying to do, but that’s a big difference. I was already going back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to spend that much on the subscription (at the current price). But now, there’s no way I can join this sub—it’s going to be way out of the price range for the items included. πŸ™

  13. Wow!! GlobeIn needs to do a double check. Haven’t recent boxes included some mass produced components?

    This is a a big price increase only a few months after upsetting so many subscribers with availability issues. Now they want you to do 12 months to get the old price. With two recent subs going under and giving their subscribers a hard-time I suspect they’ll not have a great response from MSA readers at least, if not the rest of their customers.

  14. I can’t begin to say how disappointed I am with this price change of $40/month to $55 a month!!! That’s over a 33% change when they just raised it last year!!! I have been a member since the beginning and now I have to quit. It’s one thing to raise it $5, but $15????? It’s beyond my budget and I just can’t do it!! I love this box but now it’s over what I can do!!!😒😒😒I loved helping and buying the different artisans products. I am so disappointed in how they are now running this company. Is anyone else feeling this way?

    • Same. I posted essential an identical post on the last spoiler. Feeling really was, as thus was special treat for myself each month… but this increase is out of my ability to justify the expense. I could have understood a $5 increase and would have supported it in the spirit if supporting Globein’ s mission — but I am not in a position to spend $55 a month on things that end up in my gifting box 50% of the time.

      Going to drop the Artisan Box and keep (for now) the Club Box just to maintain the “member” sale prices for some items. Last month was the FIRST time I received a club item that wasn’t a left over from a previous artisan box (and I already had at least one of those items sent to me already). And, then when I did get a “new” item – it was yet another scarf!

      Feeling pretty bitter right now– I’ve been a devoted, vocal, and supportive subscriber and now I’ve been priced out in one hit.

      I doubt you and I will be the only in this boat.

    • Nancy L….I feel about the same…..While others may not feel as I do and chose to stay with this, and it’s all because…in the long run…any Sub box is worth exactly what the subscriber is willing to pay for it. Be it items, number of items, quality or cause! I did do a 6 month subscription on this box…and that December box was Awesome!….after that, with the…”We can only give the new boxes to a few so pick a left over that no one wanted” to now I see the items are a bit sub par….. add now the price increase…..really….I can go to “World Market” and get 7 or more items that are all just what I want and have fun choosing them for $55!…Good Bye GlobeIn….it was fun while it lasted!!!!

      • Deb, I so agree! I did love reading and coming connected to the artisans but, I can only afford so much. It’s so, so disappointing to see them do this!

    • I feel the same way. I could absorb the cost increase, but I just don’t feel like $55 will be worth it for me since it seems like there will be no change in what we receive and I’m not convinced all of that increase will go directly to the artisans. I’ve gotten some great items from Globein, but I’m afraid this increase is the final nail in the coffin for me. I’ve had a bunch of payment issues (randomly something to do with Paypal) for probably half of the last six months. Then the fact that there weren’t enough Love boxes for everyone, then this month I was sent a sub for the cheese board that was supposed to be in this month’s Epicure box. A sub was okay with me, but why send me an email about it after my box shipped? Then I can’t even count the number of times add ons that I’ve selected have been removed from my box because of inventory issues. I just don’t get how the inventory wasn’t done before.

      Then my final gripe is I feel they’re beginning to send more mass produced items as opposed to those by local artisans. Some of those items have been nice (such as the Wildlife Works tee) but that’s not why I signed up for Globein. I want to receive items made by small groups of artisans that are paid a fair wage — where the artisans receive reasonable compensation. With these larger organizations I think too much money gets tied up in the organization and less goes to the artisans. But then perhaps that’s why the’re increasing prices. Either way it’s a bummer all the way around. I’m debating a club membership but it may wind up being more of the same in a smaller box.

      • Although obvious to me, singe might forget that “small groups of artisans do NOT have the ability to mass produce items. 1, because they’re “small” groups and 2, most(off not all) of these are being hand made without modern day machinery. I cannot begin to imagine the amount of forethought that putting together one of their boxes takes. Do they pay their artisans in advance? I’m assuming so, as artisans from impoverished areas probably require the funds ahead of time to procure the necessary help and/or materials. Therefore, they probably wouldn’t want to “over order and be “stuck with items they are not sure will be popular or not (though most subscribers seem to report otherwise). A better idea would be for them to put a “cap on the amount of subscribers and any “extras” they are left with can be bought at a discount by non-subscribers on a “first come first served basis”. This would be with the acknowledgement that if an item comes damaged, they would not be able to have it replaced and would only get 50% back or some sort of thing. Of course, capping the amount of subscribers puts a cap on the amount of money that can be made, and really, what kind of business is okay with that? I like this box, I could never get past the $ for what was received. Yes, they were special, one-of-a-kind…ish things that were made by people who used special skill sets and/or benefited fiscally in a way that they may not have other wise, but I wouldn’t pay $40 for a glass or woven basket anywhere. They really should cater to the “boho chic” type that maybe likes to show off their uniqueness and altruism. Good luck to them and to all of you after the LLB, Revive Clothing Depot, Relish prepaying debacles.

      • Although obvious to me, singe might forget that “small groups of artisans do NOT have the ability to mass produce items. 1, because they’re “small” groups and 2, most(off not all) of these are being hand made without modern day machinery. I cannot begin to imagine the amount of forethought that putting together one of their boxes takes. Do they pay their artisans in advance? I’m assuming so, as artisans from impoverished areas probably require the funds ahead of time to procure the necessary help and/or materials. Therefore, they probably wouldn’t want to “over order and be “stuck with items they are not sure will be popular or not (though most subscribers seem to report otherwise). A better idea would be for them to put a “cap on the amount of subscribers and any “extras” they are left with can be bought at a discount by non-subscribers on a “first come first served basis”. This would be with the acknowledgement that if an item comes damaged, they would not be able to have it replaced and would only get 50% back or some sort of thing. Of course, capping the amount of subscribers puts a cap on the amount of money that can be made, and really, what kind of business is okay with that? I like this box, I could never get past the $ for what was received. Yes, they were special, one-of-a-kind…ish things that were made by people who used special skill sets and/or benefited fiscally in a way that they may not have other wise, but I wouldn’t pay $40 for a glass or woven basket anywhere. They really should cater to the “boho chic” type that maybe likes to show off their uniqueness and altruism. Good luck to them and to all of you after the LLB, Revive Clothing Depot, Relish prepayment debacles.

    • I was so sad to get that letter. I just officially cancelled my sub. It sucks because i did really love this sub..but that price increase killed it for me. I had to balance the value of this sub to me with the global cause/item value to make it worth it at 40$ a month. It just made it at 40$, but with the increase, its no longer worth it to me. I can goto Chelsea market in the City and get alot of this kind of stuff ( nyc is less than an hour away from me) for alot less cost.

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