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Updates: Some CuteBox Changes

Hi everyone! It has been a bit since our survey wrapped up and we sent our prizes to our winners, still, we’re sure people are wondering what has come from the results of the questions.

We weren’t sure what to do with the data from out survey really, as it caused us to question a lot of what we’ve been doing that hasn’t been working this year.

As you know, since March of this year we’ve been doing DIY candy in every box. One of the questions on the survey was if we should keep doing so.
60% of you said yes, 40% either didn’t care or wanted the DIY candy gone.

DIY candy used to be an occassional thing here in The CuteBox, and we think that worked out better for us. So, while DIY candy will not be an every month thing, we will have it from time to time like we used to.

We also asked if people would like cute Amuse/other kawaii Japanese plush in the box if we did remove candy.
93% said yes, and 7% said no they did not.

Since we’re moving away from monthly DIY candy, we will be doing kawaii or other fun plush in it’s place on the months we don’t have a DIY candy. We will likely end up with plush more often than DIY candy. This change will start in October. We are currently looking at cute Halloween plush, though we are open to possibly not Halloween themed plush. We’ll make our final decisions in that within the next week or so.

The last most important question was do we keep 10 items, or go with 5?
60% said to stay at 10, and 40% said to go down to 5 items.

For this we’ve decided to go to 5-7 items, this is because…

Of those that responded about what items and liked, and what items they didn’t like, we ended up getting a fair few people who didn’t like the little somewhat lower priced items. Since our box cost is lower, at least compared to something like YumeTwins ($35) and Doki Doki ($30) we feel this is the best item quantity to have and improve what we give to make people happy. More so considering the price of some of the items we do get currently causing the need to ‘small filler’ to make up 10 items without going severely over budget and/or running out of box space.

This also may mean our box size (as in the physical packaging) might increase as well. We’re still a smaller company, and going DIY candy every month really hurt our growth and subscriber count. So we’re hoping making them an occasional item again will show us the results we saw in 2016.

What will this mean for subscribers on previous pay plans, will our prices change?

Anyone with the previous $18 and $19 pay plans will continue to have them until January 2018. We know this isn’t probably the happiest news for you, but we will be moving those on the lower pay plans to a new plan. Since you have been with  us so long though, we will be moving you to a plan that is $22 for monthly subscribers, $20 monthly for 3 month subscribers ($60 every 3 months) or $19 a month for 6 month subscribers ($114 every 6 months). This is less than the current new subscriber price, but allows us to be able to afford bigger and better things while still not jumping our longest subscribers up by $5-6. We hope you understand our position.

Thank you so much for being a part of The CuteBox family. We hope that things improve and people will be happy with the changes. Let’s make the end of 2017 great together and have a fantastic 2018!

June 2017

June’s CuteBox featured fun kitty items, fun food inspired items, and super cute Pokemon water toys!

♥ Our DIY candy this month was Kracie Poppin Cookin’s Fun Time Ramen!

Where you made yummy gyoza (dumplings), egg and naruto (the spiral piece that goes in the ramen) and fun ramen candy! Everything is candy flavored, even if they look like they could be normal food flavored.

♥ From there we had a cute fruit shaped erasers on a stick, they look like fun fruit lolly pops, but please don’t eat them.

♥ Pocky is a classic Japanese treat that there are so many fun varieties of. We had a fun decorative Pocky style pen this month!

♥ A cute phone/3DS/backpack strap was shaped like a sweet little dessert this month.

♥ Our second candy came in a small bottle that looks like the classic Ramune bottle! The candy inside is meant to taste like original flavored Ramune.

♥ Kitty magnetic bookmarks can help you keep place in all your summer reading books. Well, two of them anyway..

♥ Most of the face pouches we sent out were kitties, but some people got dog ones. Which did you get?

♥ Kitty House-it, these kitty post-it notes come with a little box you put together and sit them in. As kitties say “if I fits, I sits!”

♥ Be stylish with a Harajuki style zipper bracelet. What is your favorite J-fashion style?

♥ Paperdoll Mate stickers from Korea showed us how adorable forest animals can be.

♥ Last bot not least is the fun Pokemon squirt toy! There were 4 Pokemon available, and each toy came with a small piece of cider flavored gum.

 

We hope you enjoyed June’s CuteBox as much as we did! We look forward to sending you all July’s box! ♥

April 2017

Happy April! 

Spring has sprung and this months box was full of animal cuteness! One of my favorite parts of spring is watching the local wild animals come out of hiding. My favorites are rabbits and turkeys!

We had 12 items this month. Let’s see what they were!

  • Owl Plush (With Bunny Ears)  – Four colors were available of these adorable spring owl plush! Green, blue, purple and pink. Which did you get?

  • Dodotto Tsubupyon DIY Candy –  This is a fun little DIY candy with foamy candy, jelly dots made with the adorable squid/octopus dropper, and sprinkles! Boxes came with either Cider (blue) or Grape (pinkish) flavor.
  • Gudetama Sticker with Gum –  Mainly these came for the sake of the Gudetama sticker. He’s so cute, and many mornings we relate to his lazy ways. Did you like the included gum? Japanese gum tends to be different in texture than Western gum that we’ve tried.
  • Chocolate Umaibo – These corn puffed snacks come in all sorts of interesting flavors, including Teriyaki and Hamburger. But we didn’t want to weird anyone out too much, so we sent the simple chocolate coated version!

  • Bear Notebook – An adorable Bear themed notebook to fit in your purse, pocket or backpack. Great for jotting down notes, or doodling in when you’re bored.
  • Plush Bunny Pin – What will you attach this adorable bunny pin to? Your backpack? Purse? Jacket? Or maybe you have a special little place just for adorable pins?
  • Cat Pencil Sharperner – These sharpers came in a variety of colors and each has two holes for sharpening various sizes of pencils.
  • Colored Pencil Lip Balm – The cold winter weather can cause skin problems and dry lips, as you work into springing anew with the plants and animals, take care of yourself too with this fun lip balm. ♥
  • Animal Face Sticky Notes – These adorable pads have colored sticky notes inside.
  • Animal Ruler – Rulers seem to like to disappear from me, and often when ordering things from overseas it’s really nice to have a simple little ruler that uses centimeters solely!
  • Rilakkuma Pen – The most relaxed bear ever. Whew! We love Rilakkuma.
  • Spring Envelopes – Notes are so much more fun to get in pretty envelopes don’t you think? Do you have any penpals? I like to make penpals with people in different countries as it helps me learn about the world in a more personal way.

Thank you so much for all your patience while we experienced shipping delays with Customs in California again as well as a package going missing. We will continue to work hard to not let lateness happen, but unfortunately some things our out of our control. We’ll do everything we can to try and anticipate things like this better in the future.

 

February 2017’s box

Can you believe February is almost over? This year is just flying by so far!

This month the box included 10 kawaii items from Japan.

1.) DIY Bead Kit – Make an adorable bracelet with this kawaii bead kit. Apples, Stars, or Hearts are the big bead options that came with the kits. Which one did you get?

2.) Pokemon Soft Magnets – Kawaiiness for your fridge! These Pokemon Sun & Moon soft magnets can lock together or just be alone. Which Pokemon did you catch? Do you have a favorite Pokemon?

3.) Sumikko Gurashi Card Holder – Sumikko Gurashi are “things in the corner” made to represent how shy the Japanese people are. These adorable Sanrio characters each have their own personality and reason for hiding in the corner. These adorable card holders are great for library passes, school/work ID’s, bus passes, etc. What will you use yours on? Each box also includes a small piece of gum. 

4.) Doraemon Round Pouchette – This adorable little pouchette features Doraemon and his younger sister Dorami!  Doraemon is a classic manga and anime series dating back to 1969! The first anime aired in 1973.

5.) Kumamon Notebook w/ Pencil – Kumamon is the mascot of the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan. He was created in 2010 to draw tourists to the region and became nationally popular! Kumamon also made a small cameo in the Yo-Kai Watch 2 video game and Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie!

6.) Hello Kitty Year of the Rooster Mechanical Pencil (0.5) –  2017 is the Chinese Zodiac year of the Rooster! So Hello Kitty is celebrating with a golden Rooster. We love the adorable pin color, plus the festive outfit Hello Kitty is wearing.

7.) Sumikko Gurashi Stickers – Each pack of these adorable shy corner friends stickers came with 5 different stickers. There were a total of 50 different designs that you could have gotten. :3 Which kawaii Sumikko Gurashi stickers did you end up with? Which is your favorite?

8.) Sanrio Character Whistle/Flute with Ramune Candy – These adorable Sanrio Character flues feature either Hello Kitty (pink), Shinkansen (blue) or  Sugarbunnies (purple) When you take them apart, there is a small packet of Ramune flavord pellet candy inside!
Shinkansen – is a team of energetic trains meant to look like a Japanese bullet train. They came out in the 1990’s.

9.) Kawaii Hair Bands – These adorable hair band sets came in kawaii shapes with a bit of sparkle! Take your twin-tails or braids to the next level. ♥

10.) Nail Art Stickers – These easy to use nail art stickers will add some fun to your nails! You apply them similar to how you do a temporary tattoo, and then seal with some clear nail polish.

 

Thank you so much for your continued love and support with The CuteBox! Just remember, March’s box will feature a DIY candy, as we’ll now be doing one every month! :3 Hello Kitty and Sumikko Gurashi will be making an appearing in next months box too. We’ll see you there!