Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August Gotham Box San Francisco

My San Francisco Gotham Box is here.  For $20 a month (shipping included) Gotham Box will mail you a box of products from the "Gotham" aka city of your choosing.  Currently the cities available are San Francisco and New York.  For every box purchased they will donate a meal to help end hunger in that city. Each month, they will also double the number of meals they donate to the city that scores the most number of points.  So in addition to getting cool food products you help out a great cause.

The good:

Support small business: The products are from small businesses in the area of your choosing.  I'm a big fan of supporting small and local when possible. 

Price: $20 isn't totally unreasonable considering you get hard to find specialty products. 

Information: They always send a little information card about the products you're receiving.  

The not so good:

Multiple boxes: I picked the San Francisco box because that's where I'm from originally but I would like to try the New York box just out of curiosity.  On the website you can change your city but it doesn't appear you can subscribe or order more than one box.  It would be a  nice feature if they had leftover boxes at the end of the month to let subscribers purchase those.

Skip a month: No can do.  You can change your city or cancel but no skipping the month

Payment: You have to set up a recurring payment through paypal.  I don't like this because paypal makes you use your paypal balance before they take money from your checking/credit card.  I like to save my PayPal balance for misc eBay purchases. 

Snacky cakes!

Cute Hello Kitty tape used to seal the box. 

Contents: Retail price in parenthesis. 

1lb bag of Nana Joe's Handmade granola. Value = $13.00

4 oz bag of CC Made pistachio caramel corn. Value = $4.00 - How you you go wrong with caramel corn?  This was yummy and the pistachios were a nice touch. 

14 pieces of Z. Cioccolato Taffy. Value = $1.87 (9.99/lb) - Love me some taffy and this is yummy

The total value of the box is $18.87.  Don't forget a meal is also donated for every box sold.  This box felt like a naughty little indulgence (taffy, caramel corn) with a touch of healthy (granola) so you don't feel too guilty.  Don't get me wrong I'm not complaining.  I had no problem eating handfuls of pistachio caramel corn and grabbing a taffy out of the snack bowl in the middle of the day. 

Verdict: This is a definite keeper!     

**I purchase these boxes myself and am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Gotham Box.

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