Spotlight Stationery is a stationery subscription box, delivered monthly or bi-monthly (you decide!). Each box includes a curated collection of premium and artisan stationery: pens, pencils, postcards, paper paraphernalia, and more.
This is an overview and review of the Spotlight Stationery subscription. Click here to see our monthly unboxing and review posts.
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Spotlight Stationery is a monthly or bi-monthly subscription. You decide how frequently to receive your box when you subscribe online.
There are no customization options or box variations that you can select when subscribing.
Cost of Subscription
A Spotlight Stationery subscription costs:
- £25 (~$33.10) per month for monthly billing
- £23.33 (~$30.89) per month for a 3-month prepaid subscription
- £23.33 (~$30.89) per month for a 6-month prepaid subscription
All subscriptions renew automatically for the same term as your original subscription. For example, a 3-month subscription will roll over into another 3-month subscription.
As you can see, you save $2.21/month or $26.52/year by committing to and pre-paying for 3 months of boxes. That is a 7% discount, which is a fairly standard prepayment price reduction. And it’s nice that you can access this discount on a 3-month plan because it can be difficult to manage a full year’s prepayment. So there is no real benefit to subscribing for 6 months, unless you are either bullish on GBP from a currency exchange perspective or you want to eliminate the hassle of tracking your subscription transactions several times a year.
International shipping costs are as follows:
- Europe (UK): £2 (~$2.65) per box
- Europe (Other): £5.25 (~$6.95) per box
- Rest of World (including Japan): £7.50 (~$9.93) per box
These charges are on the cheaper side for international shipping. Spotlight Stationery uses untracked Royal Mail to keep costs down, and we must applaud them for making their subscriptions so accessible for subscribers around the world!
Therefore, the total cost of an annual subscription (billed every 6 months) shipped to Tokyo is £369.96 (~$489.84), or £30.83 (~$40.82) per box.
Let us know in the comments below if you had a different shipment experience!
Damaged Items & Refund Policy
Spotlight Stationery does not maintain a clear damage resolution policy. Fortunately, I haven’t yet had to deal with any damaged items. But let us know in the comments if you have an experience to share!
Spotlight Stationery also offers a “no-quibble money-back guarantee,” in case you don’t like your box. That’s very comforting, especially because stationery fans tend to be quite picky about their products.
Spotlight Stationery international packages are shipped out of the UK Royal Mail. Shipments are not tracked, and you will not receive an email when your box ships.
Average time from shipment to delivery: 10 days (as of February 2019).
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International shipping rating: 3/5. Relatively cheap delivery. No tracking or status updates. No clear damage resolution process. No-quibble satisfaction guarantee.
Spotlight Stationery ships in a compact cardboard box that directly holds the items. The items are packed pretty tightly, which minimizes the chances of damage. The box is not branded on the outside.
The box has a stamped brand message on the inside: “Indulge your passion for stationery.”
The items are wrapped in tissue paper.
Packaging Rating: 3/5. Low-waste design. Low-key branding. Box is fairly plain, with minimal branding.
After subscribing to Spotlight Stationery, you will receive a standard welcome email.
Spotlight Stationery uses the Cratejoy platform with a branded UI for subscription management. So the website is both user-friendly and transparent about your subscription details. For example, you can log into your customer dashboard at any time to review your billing information, address, and renewal date. You can even change your shipping address or payment information without contacting customer service.
Customer Experience Rating: 5/5. User-friendly. Can edit current subscription online. Great UI.
Allergy & Accessibility Issues
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Let us know in the comments if there are any accessibility needs that you would like us to address for the Spotlight Stationery subscription!
For every box sold, Spotlight Stationery makes a donation to a designated local charity. For 2019, the charity is Allsorts, a Gloucestershire based charity which supports children with special needs and their families.
Charity Rating: 3/5. Charitable donation with every box sold. Percent donated not disclosed.
What do you think?
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If you don’t have a subscription, are you thinking about subscribing? If so, stay tuned for our Spotlight Stationery subscription reviews and unboxing posts!
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