I bought a 6 month subscription, and none of the boxes were worth $32, even considering the convenience factor. One of the boxes I got was a paper mache kit, and the value of the items inside was probably around $10.
I had been very excited, because the images show things like wood carving tools, chainmaille making supplies, and basket weaving supplies, all of which would have been very worth it to me. In the questions section the seller even states that they plan to repeat previous boxes, so I thought I would get something cool like that. But all the kits I received were for things that don't take any special tools, and are more like kid craft kits, where you're paying for the convenience of having everything together. This is not how this box is talked about, so I feel ripped off.
Then when my subscription was up I received an email that it had automatically renewed. I never authorized or expected that. This is not okay. If you want your customers to buy another subscription, you need to ask them to do it, not automatically charge their card.
I'm sorry you weren't happy with the product, Chronically. Obviously every project won't appeal to everyone; some of the boxes you received are very popular with our subscribers, but at six months, at least you gave it a fair trial. As far as the automatic renewal, that's a function of Cratejoy; I have told them that customers need to be able to turn that feature on or off themselves but at present, you can't - Cratejoy notifies you three days before renewal, and then, we are glad to cancel and refund anything unshipped when the customer requests.
Hal Young / Craftsman Crate
Check out the seller before making your purchase. If they align with your values, great. The box isn’t quite what is advertised (more arts and crafts than useful skills), but I’m sure some people will appreciate what they have to offer.
Personally, if I knew more about them I would never have subscribed. Strict gender roles, toxic masculinity, and right-wing conspiracy theories are what drove me away.
Wow. This is really odd. I am the co-owner of our company and a woman. We have never promoted any kind of conspiracy theory, right-wing or not. We have six sons and have published a book about raising boys, but we actively teach against toxic masculinity, encouraging young men to treat women with respect. We are, however, an unapologetically Christian-owned company, so perhaps that's what prompted this. And the skills taught in recent months? Plaster working, leather working, glass etching, basketry, soapstone carving, furniture building, and more.
I was thinking it was going to have a rotary tool and or a wood burner and it didn't have either
I was disappointed with the lack of communication with the company. I understand the post office is experiencing issues but when I emailed about two weeks after the item supposedly shipped I received no response. As this was a gift for my nephew and once the box was finally received it was origami. My nephew had no interest in doing origami. I emailed again asking about the return policy and if there was one. If there was not I would accept that but again I received no response. This was a waste of money for my nephew's birthday gift.
The origami project box seemed cool, but was so easy. Not really worth the price paid.
This box was all origami. While the paper and products were nice, I thought the boxes were supposed to be building something. The last one was a clock and that was interesting, but that too was pretty sub par. My expectations were for my son to have things to create, build, and use tools. So far it has been minimal hands on figuring and more of a craft.
I love the idea of this box and the possibilities of this product but I felt that it was a bit juvenile. The drawings or outlines provided to use as guidelines to design your project looked like child drawings at best. I felt that a Design or two should have been provided to create a full frame for the plaque And some example pictures of projects that have been submitted. It would give me some inspiration to complete my project.
I looked through this crate and set it aside, it still is sitting in my closet on the shelf. I will eventually get back to it when I have nothing else to do. That’s why I gave it a low score. It didn’t excite my creative side because it didn’t lead me to and end result with any motivation. This could be the best crate ever with some small changes!
Thank you for your feedback, Joe - those are some good ideas! We do try to upgrade and improve our kits based on customer response so that's important to us. I'll share those ideas with our designers and see what they suggest. Meanwhile, I hope you'll try some of our other kits, since we are continually creating new projects and introducing new skills month by month!
- Hal at Craftsman Crate
I got my first box and I'm not even sure what the point of it is or what it even makes. It's a bunch of tiny circles to link together.. I'm not seeing much interest in working on it.