Note: This is not a sponsored post. I’m just very impressed by this service.
The holidays are approaching fast. Hopefully, you’ve already followed my suggestions on getting ready for shopping. But if you’re still looking at a few names on your list, I’ve got just the thing: Loot Crate.
I think it’s a great, affordable option for the geek and/or gamer on your list (or in the mirror). Tim’s been getting the service for several months, and he loves it.
Loot Crate is a subscription service that sends a monthly mystery box, aka crate. There are five to seven items chosen to fit that month’s theme.
It’s difficult to describe what you get since it obviously changes from month to month. But I’ll give you an idea of what we’ve received.
Oh, and did I mention those were all exclusive? Most crates have at least one exclusive item in them, and they just went a little crazy in this last one.
But other fun items have been:
- Pikachu laplander hat
- Two books, including The League of Regrettable Superheroes
November’s theme is combat, and they’ve promised items from The Hunger Games, Fallout 4 and Blizzard, among others.
According to Loot Crate, each box has items worth at least $45. Meanwhile, the most you’ll pay is $19.95 including shipping.
Of course, I’m talking to frugal people, and we all know that value is a relative subject. It’s all well and good to say that you get $45 worth of items, but the real question is whether you’ll like $45 worth of items. Otherwise, their retail value is moot.
And yep, that’s definitely the gamble with mystery subscription services like this one. But I feel pretty safe is saying that you’ll get your money’s worth. Out of eight crates, Tim has only been lukewarm about one. Later he wound up the funky bug toy he got and spent quite some time having it chase Patches around. That improved his outlook.
Plus, he’s gotten five shirts in eight boxes. Any shirt is worth the money you paid for the whole box. If you don’t believe me, check out the shirts in the links provided. You’ll see that they’re awesome.
And if you do get a crate you’re not impressed by? It’s easy to tell the company. In fact, Loot Crate contacts you.
You’ll get a monthly email that lets you rate each item received. You can also make suggestions for future product types or box themes. I love that the company is so proactive in monitoring customer satisfaction.
So have I intrigued you? Then you just have to decide what kind of plan you want.
If you’re buying for someone else, there’s a one-time box for $19.95. Although you can be a real hero — and make sure the recipient gets a crate they’re thrilled with — and get a three-month. They’ll be reminded two more times just how awesome you are. (Just make sure you remember to cancel)
Otherwise, you can choose from one-, three-, six- or 12 month recurring plans. The longer a subscription you choose, the lower the price. Besides, I really recommend that you get more than one box before deciding on the value.
If you’re reluctant to lock yourself in for three months, just get a one-month plan and let it roll over once or twice. You (or the geek in your life) will thank you!
Do you know a geek who’d be thrilled with monthly loot? Have you ever tried a mystery box subscription service?
Second note: While this isn’t a sponsored post, it does use my Loot Crate referral link. If you do decide to join through my link, please consider dropping me a line with your email address, so I can make sure the referral went through.