The first box I ever subscribed to was GeekFuel and to be honest, my husband and I both loved it. GeekFuel offers a "monthly mystery box of geeky goodness". They advertise a $50 value in every box. While this is the retail value of the products that ship like with any mystery box what the products are worth to you may vary. Every box ships with a t-shirt. If you bill monthly the box is $17.90 and costs an additional $6 in shipping. Making for a recurring payment of $23.90/mo. Below are a few of the GeekFuel boxes I received.
The pillow case pictured here has an "It's a nap" quote on it. Not gonna lie one of my favorite items to come in a GeelFuel Box.
This was the last GeekFuel box my husband and I received as part of our 6 month subscription and it made it REALLY hard to leave GeekFuel. I loooooove Firefly so the Jayne hat was amazing, and I'm also a huge Deadpool fan. So the keychain and shirt were big hits as well.
Overall I have to say GeekFuel always had atleast 2 items in each crate that I would have gone and bought in a retail location. Which means for me I about broke even on what I would have spent shopping for these items. I'll add that GeekFuel usually ships with a steam code for an indie game and for some computer gamers that is a HUGE plus. I tend to game more on my consoles personally so it wasn't a big selling point for me. Overall I would definitely suggest GeekFuel to my friends, especially if they're big PC gamers.
My husband received his first LootCrate this month. I actually sent in an email to request the February "dead" box because I missed the cutoff by a day or two and they honored my request which is a HUGE plus for me. The T-Shirt is amazing. We got a walking dead character (ours was Daryl) and so overall we were super happy with the box. I personally also subscribed to the Firefly Cargo Crate but haven't received the first one yet, but I will definitely update once it arrives.
I'm glad LootCrate is offering some variety in their crates now. They offer an anime crate, firefly cargo, are launching a star wars crate soon, and offer both a standard and leveled up general crate. They also have a lootcrate specifically for gamers and one for pets.
The Standard LootCrate boasts $45 worth of loot in each crate and is $13.95 plus $6 shipping, so you pay $19.95/mo. They do now include a t-shirt in each crate which is awesome. They do offer a level up option but personally I wouldn't do it. It's costly although you do have the option to add and remove it month by month if you see they're offering something you want.
Pictured here is the "stuff and things" that came in both my Sci-Fi NerdBlock and my classic NerdBlock, minus the t-shirts. Which were both pretty cool.
Overall I loved literally every subscription service I tried, but in terms of value, and overall selection I really think that NerdBlock is the "winner". LootCrate is a close second and unfortunately although I loved every box I received GeekFuel ranks last. They're the most expensive and only offer one option. Any one of these crates is a good option and if you're a PC gamer like I stated earlier GeekFuel is the way to go. But if you're just a collector looking to have something added to your collection each month without having to go to the store or surf the web, NerdBlock or LootCrate are better options. If you have the extra cash I suggest giving them all a try, and please click on my referral links found in this blogpost. It will get you a credit and me a credit. That's a WIN-WIN.
So what's your opinion? Which block/crates/boxes have you tried? What's your favorite? Do you have a favorite item you received? Am I on point or off base? Let me know in the comments.
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