Frequently Asked Questions
So what is Quarterly Co.?
Quarterly is a new way to connect with the people you follow and find interesting. We spend so much of our lives connecting with people online that we forget the value of tangible interactions that happen in the real world. Quarterly wants to bridge that gap by allowing anyone to subscribe to influential curators and receive physical items in the mail from them. It’s like a magazine, but instead of receiving words on a page, our subscribers receive actual items that tell a compelling story crafted by the curator.
How does this thing work?
As the name suggests, Quarterly is a quarterly subscription service; the person you are subscribed to sends you a new package every 3 months. You will be billed for your subscription every 3 months until you unsubscribe. When you first sign up, your account will be in “trial” mode until your curator's next shipping cycle.
Please note, each curator has a different shipping date, and depending on when you sign up, you may not receive your first package for up to 3 months. Visit your curator's page (or your account page if you are already a subscriber) to see when you can expect your first package.
What kind of stuff will I get?
A blend of original, exclusive, and consumer items. We like objects that are timeless, practical and exciting, and fly under the radar. We don’t want to fill up your house with clutter, and we’re mindful of the waste that each of us generates every day. But we also recognize the value of making smarter choices about the things we surround ourselves with.
Each product will reflect on the person who selected it, and help inform your understanding of them. So maybe you’ll get the same kind of notebook that your favorite author used to plot her recent bestseller. Or maybe it’s the tea a musician was drinking while he penned a famous track. Or perhaps it’s a secret family cold remedy an artist used while working on a masterpiece. The point is, every object—while uniquely brilliant in its function—will also have a story, and through that story take on new meaning.
How are you different from a store?
We’re really nothing like a store (well, except for the whole “money exchanged for goods and services” thing). What we’re offering is an experience: something akin to the feeling of getting a letter in the mail from a friend. But instead of a friend, it’s someone you admire or find interesting, and not only do you get a letter, you also get an awesome gift.
Can’t I just buy these items elsewhere?
In some cases, no, the items have been created exclusively for Quarterly. For everything else, you’d be missing out on two important things: First, part of the experience is learning from someone you think is interesting, which is why each package contains a letter from the curator explaining how the item fits into their lives. You could buy all the books for an English class, but would they mean as much without the guidance of a teacher? Second, we negotiate great deals with retailers who are excited to connect with an engaged audience, which means that the value of the items in the package often exceeds what you’d pay on the street.
How do you pick the curators?
We’re drawn to people who are engaging and have good taste. It’s important to us that the packages we ultimately send meet some standard of interestingness and originality—but beyond that you’ll find curators from all walks of life. And we’re adding new curators all the time.
How can I suggest a curator?
You can submit someone you feel would be a great curator by sending us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I get my amazing products into a Quarterly box?
If you manufacture or sell great products and want to be featured in a Quarterly Box, fill out our interest form here.
Do you have an affiliate program or can I review one of your boxes for my audience?
We pride ourselves in providing publishers and social content producers with compensation or samples in exchange for traffic subscribing to our services. We’re excited to partner with Commission Junction for our affiliate program. To join the growing list of affiliates or box review authors today, click here. If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com.