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I've been following the discussion on this drop really closely. It seems like some people were happy and a fair amount were not. Some like the idea of a mystery box, some don't. Linen fabric was not a hit but the scissors were. Patterns were mostly a hit.
The first box we did was a really great deal and to be completely honest and the idea came about as a way to help move through some inventory that we accumulated. We didn't have enough inventory to do a second box that was like the fist time so this one included mostly new items. Trying to keep the cost down with a high value proved to be difficult but I know that we were successful in that area. There were call outs that the value was not $100 but as we built the boxes I took that into careful consideration. The full retail on the items when added up did equal a minimum of $100.
At this point I would love feed back if we should do it again. Thumbs up to a yes. All comments welcome!
I would not do a mystery box again.
I'm not sure if I would participate in another mystery box drop. If you were to do another one, it would be nice to have a choice of modern vs. traditional fabric, since that is where most people seemed to be dissatisfied. Also, a more equal number of fat quarters should be included in each box. For example a 27 FQ bundle in one box, maybe two 15 FQ bundles in another box. With some people getting 27 FQs and others getting only 10, that seems unfair. I will say that every item I received in my box was of the highest quality, even if not necessarily my taste.
I liked both mystery boxes you have offered. The first one was really an incredible deal and still there were loads of complaints, mostly about getting knitting accessories. This second time we knew exactly what to expect, which, in my opinion, removed some of the fun. Still, I was surprised at how many complaints there were. For example, it seemed some buyers didn't like tiny scissors. I happened to get large scissors in my box but I use tiny scissors all the time for snipping threads at the machine or carrying around while hand stitching a binding. It just puzzles me why people buy a mystery box if they are so easily disappointed.
In the future if you do another mystery box, perhaps you could do it something like the Massdrop headphone (ear buds) mystery drops. The possible headphones are listed along with values, so there is a chance that the participant will get really awesome headphones, while knowing the baseline that is most likely to be in the box. For a quilting mystery example, you could have the baseline be a $100 value, but 20% of boxes will have an extra fat quarter stack, or an extra accessory, and 10% of boxes will have an even higher value.
Also in the headphone drops, as more people purchase, extra gifts are added to the mix so that a few people get a really great deal. I happen to like the chance for something extra, rather than making sure every box is equal in value. Maybe if a minimum number of buyers sign up you could add something extra like an iron into the mix, so that one (or a few) lucky buyers get something extra special.
And perhaps it would help if you posted photos of all the possibilities so that there would be fewer disappointments. Show all of the fat quarters and scissors and patterns and pins and thread. Is that possible? Maybe not, but if buyers can see what might come in the box they can better weigh whether it's worth a try, depending on how many items they like/don't like.
I will most likely do another mystery box if you offer it again. I think it's a lot of fun.
I love the idea, and I would do it again. My only real problem is the linen. I'm a new quilter so I was hoping for quilting cotton fat quarters to increase my stash. I don't know what to do with linen, now that I have it. Maybe it would have been nice to get a pattern that could use the linen instead of the EPP pattern I got? So maybe the mystery boxes could have more of a theme to them, so the items can easily be used together.
Also I don't think it was even mentioned the linen was a possibility, so I was extremely surprised to receive it.
I thought it was a pretty good value, especially liked the neutral thread. But as it was a quilting myst box I thought that the fabric FQ I received was not my taste/ linen. Also only 10 FQ which I felt was a little sad. That was about the only thing I wasn’t keen on. I love surprises so if y’all do it again I’d probably participate. Hopefully the next one will be better! I love the comment re labeling modern/ traditional. More people will be satisfied with the results.
Quilters definitely expect quilters cotton in a mystery box, so I can see why they would be upset with the linen--it's not for quilts. I got the first box and loved it. Was glad there wasn't knitting stuff in mine as I can't knit. Things that are not quilting related are probably the ones to eliminate. Taking a chance on fabric colors and styles of patterns is part of the mystery:)
I’ll trade you my quilting cotton for your linen.
Sounds great! please email me at email@example.com, and we can work out the details.