Subscription Box Reviews
Back in the day lot of people had subscription based newspapers or magazines that no longer is very viable or popular model. But when one flag goes down other one goes up – that being Subscription Boxes in this case. So the concept in theory is that you subscribe to this system which usually is monthly and sometimes bi-weekly and you will get packet delivered to your door or post mail including some random stuff (Usually you won’t know what you will be getting from the box, part of the concept).
There is different types of boxes varying from Cosmetic Stuff, Geeky Gadgets/Figures, Snack/Food Products, Monthly underwear or even Shaving Equipment. I will be going over few examples that I’ve personally tried and will be sharing some of my thoughts about the boxes, ill intend to update this article as i get other experiences with other subscription boxes.
The biggest and most known/subscribed box has to be Lootcrate i think there is no doubt of that, because they dominate the market. Lootcrate is pretty much aimed for geeks, nerds and gamers the boxes contain key-chains, always 1 T-Shirt, stickers, comics, pins and other type of junk stuff that you want, but don’t really need. One of the best parts is that you don’t know what each box contains so its a guessing game for most part and i guess thats part of the charm.
Review: So i had Lootcrate in test for 3 months, which is really good review number in case one box ends up being broken or being bad/good. The biggest problem in the whole subscription box industry is the inconsistency and i have to say that 2 out of 3 boxes ended up being kinda useless, don’t get me wrong the T-shirts were always pretty great – however sometimes you ended up having absolute useless stuff like a normal small notebook and stickers, which i couldn’t care about at all. Sometimes they had comics in them, depending on theme that could be good. Somehow if i got a really good t-shirt i could justify the price point, which is rather reasonable and not too high, good thing about the price is that it goes down if you subscribe to 3/6/9 months at very start. They also have a neat referral system which lets you gain some money if you get your friends to sign up (if you use my link i would appreciate it).
- Ships to: US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
- Delivery: Monthly
- Payment Options: Credit Card (Visa + Electron, Mastercard, Discover, JCB, Diners and American Express)
- Price: 29,95$/month (Includes shipping & handling)
- Sign up: http://looted.by/bYcTH
Nerd Block Review
So our next subscription box is rather similar to Lootcrate, but there is small twist it has different packages for subcategories which are Arcade Block, Scifi Block, Horror Block, Comic Block, Boys JR and Girls JR. You are able to swap between these packages throughout your subscription if you want to – aside from this there isn’t lot of differences between the content compared to lootcrate but there is some other important stuff which i will address below.
Review: As for Nerd block i also had it on test for 3 months like i did with Lootcrate. In Terms of content i might have to say it was slightly worse than Lootcrate, but however its cheaper around ~10$ if you order it to USA especially, but there might be some shipping costs that will boost the price up to foreign countries. Also what i like about them is that they have PayPal as payment option, which should be a standard for every online shop these days. If you prefer more specified theme for your loot like Arcade/Horror/Scifi i think Nerd block might be the better option for you rather than Loot Crate (Also its more affordable).
- Ships to: Austria, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.
- Delivery: Monthly
- Payment Options: Mastercard, Visa & PayPal
- Price: 19,99$/month (Includes shipping)
- Sign up: http://www.nerdblock.com
When it comes to sweets, chips and candy i might sometimes overindulging myself with this stuff. MunchPak is slightly different on its concept from our previous reviews, because first of all they ship snacks and after payment they already start packing it up and it should get delivered to you within 3 days, which is pretty rad. You also have an option to select which type of stuff you would like to be included such as Nuts, Sour, Salty, Sweet, Spicy, Chips, Candy, Meat, Cookies, American Snacks and Foreign Snacks for instance. You can exclude some snacks also out of the package if you are allergic to nuts as i am, this will extra price to the package however. You can select whatever you will get an order weekly, Bi-weekly or monthly it also lets you choose the size of the pack, ranging from 9,99$ / 19,95$ / 39,95$ each having more snacks inside.
Review: Depending on how many things you want to flag/unflag it can be rather expensive, terms of options, price and service they are pretty solid. However if you don’t like foreign food you might have a problem. There was bunch of stuff that was just plain awful and its rather taste question, but then again i think was eating some Korean Candy that had long past expiration date (or it was simply totally awful). Snacks from Middle-East or Asia are very different to western ones, Asians tend to use lot of sugar (At-least on their Sodas) and might have weird flavors like Matcha Tea on biscuit or something. Then again eastern Chips aren’t half bad – i once ate Pepsi flavored chips they were great (Not part of the Munchpak selection however). If you like trying out foreign snacks this might be good choice for you if you are limited to more domestic food tongue it might not be a such great choice for you.
- Ships to: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the good ol’ US of A. On website however it says worldwide
- Delivery: Within 3 days after payment (Weekly/Bi-Weekly or Monthly)
- Payment Options: PayPal, Credit Card & Bitcoin
- Price: 9,99$ / 19,95$ / 39,95$
- Sign up: https://munchpak.com
I will continue updating this post once i experiment more with subscription boxes. To get more reviews from other users i recommend checking http://www.subscriptionboxes.com out for more boxes.