My husband received two boxes so far, and both contained useless cheap items, such as a beer can holder and lopsided sunglasses from the company that went out of business several years ago and doesn't even have a website. There were also repeat items. For example, both boxes contained a beer opener. The quality of books is so bad that even with perfect eyesight, my husband has issues reading the font.
Messaged the seller twice now after my box has been sitting in Philadelphia for over 2 weeks.not impressed with the customer service either as I haven’t received any sort of reply. Do not subscribe to this subscription!
If I could put 0 starts I would do so. First of all, I normally only write positive reviews but this one is worth my time describing my experience with the Culture Carton box. I bought a 3 month subscription to Culture Carton for my 17 year old son. It was his birthday and thought this was right up his alley.
The first box was fantastic. All nice good quality items that he would use and knew what to do with.
The second box was a disaster. He got some items that I felt came from a garage sale for the 20's..... A pink tie with a very weird pattern on it, a flamingo shape tie pin (who wears these these days?) a piece of leather shaped in an 8 shape that we have no clue what to do with it. And a book that seems to be used and totally not related to the subject of the box and not interesting at all on a cultural pont of view which is what the box is supposed to be about. I don't have anything against used books, I'm all for recycling if the book is interesting (and I do buy a lof of used books) but this one must have been an old leftover on a shelf somewhere....
The third box never came.
I tried to reach the vendor (Culture Carton) at the time of purchase but never heard from them.
I contacted Cratejoy twice to figure out if I could get some...
I received a shipment notification but the tracking information never updated. I contacted Joe Kalinoski twice with no response. I will have to dispute the charge with my credit card company since I've received no package or response.
It's a good box, but I would love if they added a description of the items. It's nice to know the story of the items and how they tie together. For example, what is this thing? Any ideas?
This box was awful. The listed prices on that little card of what you gave me is absolute B.S. “$15” for that little sh*tty dollar store flask? Yea right. The other two items were basically just long toothpicks for “kabobs” and were listed at $10! Laughable! And an apron made from the worst material ever and they had the audacity to list that at $60 lmaooo. The book, Treasure Island, is the only thing out of the package that I thought was cool but I paid a whole $50 for one book, some glorified toothpicks, a cheap MINI flask, and a sh*t apron. Definitely would never have paid the money for this box if I had knows what I was going to be getting. I don’t think you can even call it a subscription “box” because the book and the rest of the stuff came separately and wasn’t even in any creative packaging. Just the slim, cardboard box with the stuff thrown in there. All in all, do not waste your money on this box. If anything, just subscribe to the book club. But even then, I’d recommend just going to barnes & noble and buying one you like yourself.
Overall, this box is great. However, I ordered this as a Christmas gift for my dad, and the first two boxes came within a week of each other, and the last box came only 2.5 weeks after that. Understandably, COVID had something to do with this, but it was still frustrating and not as exciting to give as a present.
My husband loves these!
Shipment took longer than expected. And the book that they sent is cheaper on Amazon than what you pay for the monthly subscription.
I wanted to like this box so bad because I LOVE reading and I am learning to enjoy stepping up my lifestyle. The first box I received was nice but the wow factor was damped by the fact that I already received 90% of the items from another subscription box about a year previous. So, I basically paid about $40.xx to own a book. The items did not go to waste but there is little incentive for me to want to try again. I will not cut Culture Carton for that but I think it is worth a mention for others to be aware of before getting excited. When I look at some of the past boxes I am happy that I did not subscribe again because those would be just duplicates of what I already own. Which would frustrate me.
Nothing very intriguing or pops out as cool. I could have shopped at Big lots for more items with the same money spent.
The book was shipped in a timely and accurate manner. When I received it though there was a sticker on the back of the book that says it was damaged and the book itself looks like it walked right off the shelf at Ollie’s. I suppose for a 16 dollar a month sub service I shouldn’t expect leather bound, gold lined masterpieces. The book itself (The Cuban Affair by Nelson Demille) is pretty good so far. It’s not really the most mind blowing material but sometimes you need some $10 fiction to let your brain relax after a hard day of work. I appreciate you guys picking these, I’m an extremely indecisive person so I struggle with finding new reads.
I bought this for husband and her really liked it. The book was something he was interested to read. In addition to the book, he got a bar of "man" soap, a wallet and business card holder. The wallet was very nice- he just might switch it up from his old one. The bar of soap was really nice as well. What was missing in the box was a desciption of each product and how it fit into the theme. That would have been nice. Perhaps it was because it was a gift subscription? Besides that, it was fun!
First box arrived without issues.. decent items. However, the second box was lost in transit. I've been sending emails to Cultural Cartons but still no answer.
We're sorry to hear the postal service made an error delivering your 2nd carton. A replacement Culture Carton was shipped and arrived on August 18th.
A great gift for anyone... bringing some style and culture to life! Fantastic idea!
I like the socks and the tie very much. The travel tie box is pretty cool. I love the book, Tuesday’s with Morrie. It is profound and am reading it slowly so I can be finished right when the new box comes!
I gave this as a 6 month gift subscription to my 23 year old son. He loved it so much, I ended up extending it. My son aims to be cultured and the book selections are an excellent mix of old and new - definitely all things someone well read should touch on.
The fashion is mostly good - on trend for sure. He particularly loved a watch he received. Many of the gadgets have been fun and useful for him as well.
I purchased this as a gift for my husband, and planned for just the 3 months. Turns out my husband has loved everything he’s received and we’ve kept it going as something just for him each month. He’s had several awesome pair of Sunglasses, pretty nice watches, socks, ties, and other great stuff. He’s also really enjoying all the books. Communication with this crate has been super quick and accommodating/helpful. I highly recommend this as a gift or just because!
I’ve been looking forward to receiving this box! I loved the book, The Sea. It’s been on my list for awhile. I also really like the King x Portland socks. They are really soft and seem to be good quality. I wish the socks had matched the pocket square and tie, but overall I’m happy with my purchase.
Ryan is a pleasure to deal. I was happy with my box. Give them a try.
I sent them an email about my box missing and someone contacted me this morning and offered to send me a new box! Thanks Ryan for the Christmas miracle!!
I received my first Culture Carton box this month and couldn't be happier. The book is excellent, the leather products were put to immediate use, and the Blender Polarized Shades came just in time. Can't wait to see what the next box brings.
Great variety of items along with the book each month instead of different variations of the same stuff. My wife bought me a 6 month subscription as a gift for Christmas. I already received two boxes before Christmas, which I got to open on Christmas day!
I've been enjoying the books - good variety on those too while still staying in the "smart" zone... of books that make you think and grow as a person. I love philosophy so if there was ever a philosophy subscription box (I've looked but haven't found one), this would be the closest thing. Instead of fluff fiction, it's got good meat to it while still keeping it light, especially with the other stuff you can enjoy in the box to take the edge off being too serious!
The only downside is I live in Canada, which makes the box really expensive to ship ($25 US just for shipping each month). This is a huge turn off for renewing the subscription. The upside is that it ships fast. If you really think about it, you can get various boxes with neat stuff that don't cost as much to ship (because there is no book) and then just go buy the book at the local store. It wouldn't be as serendipitous and suspenseful but it would be more practical... if that's your sort of thing.
Its culture. You get a monthly box of culture and its hand picked, quality items like these, such a great gift or for yourself, especially for those that have things, literature and cultured items never loose their appeal! Great stuff guys!