Monday, July 14, 2014

Quarterly Co. Andrew Zimmern #ZIM03

Quarterly Co. is a slightly different kind of subscription box company.  It's not a monthly adventure but rather quarterly.  The way it works is you pick a "contributor" you would like to receive a curated gift from pay a anywhere from $50-$100 and every 3 months you will receive your item in the mail from them.  With each box you receive the story behind it.  The curators consist of CEO's, authors, chefs, world travelers, business owners, etc. Andrew Zimmern is most known for being the host of Bizarre Foods and Bizarre World on the Travel Channel. I very much enjoy watching his travels and experiments in new food, although I think he says he likes some of the things he has tried just for the sake of the show. The price of this mailing is $50 per quarter.

This subscription ships worldwide. Shipping is included in the price for US customers. For Canada add $10 shipping to the base price and everyone else add $15 shipping to the base price. I also found it interesting that this box shipped from El Dorado Hills, about 45 minutes from where I live. 

The good:

Variety: There are lots of different curators to choose from.

Something different: This is definitely different from other subscription companies

Commitment issues? Don't want to make a monthly commitment but still want a treasure?  You can get a quarterly treasure.

The not so good:

Don't like waiting: If you don't like waiting this may be torture for you since they ship every 3 months.

#ZIM03


Content of box w/approximate retail value: 

Askov Finlayson North Baseball Cap. Value = $34.00

ILOVEHANDLES Barnacle. Value = $4.95

Historic Death Valley National Park Sticker. Value = $2.00

(2) Pearson's Salted Nut Rolls. Value = $1.00/ea.

(5) Necco Wafer Rolls. Value = $0.28/ea.

Border Springs Farms Smoked Lamb Jerky. Value = $8.00-$10.00? - This isn't in the picture because the boyfriend ate it, tossed the packing and took out the garbage before I took a picture.

Hypertheticals 50-question deck of cards. Value = $14.99

The total approximate value of this first box from Andrew Zimmern is about $70.00. I think the game is pretty cool and will be fun when we have friends over. I love the salted nut rolls, although I should not be eating them. The boyfriend liked the jerky. I'm not a fan of lamb so I'm glad he liked it. The hat is not something either one of us will wear which is too bad since it's a high value item. Perhaps I will be able to make a trade for it. The coolest item in the box is the barnacle thing. I can't tell you how many time I've tried to prop up my iPhone in the kitchen or wherever so I could just press the buttons without having to pick it up. This works like a charm! There was a coupon enclosed for 25% off your purchase from the company. I just may pick up a couple of extras. 

Verdict: I'm not a fan of the hat which makes this box less in value than what I paid but I did like the other items.

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