Loot Crate versus Booty Bin

UPDATE! I have a newer review of Loot Crate vs Booty Bin vs newcomer Nerd Block.

Click here to see a comparison of all three.

I’m sure the question of Loot Crate versus Booty Bin hasn’t actually been keeping anyone up nights, but I get a surprising number of 3 a.m. emails from people wanting to know which geek subscription box will fill the empty void in their lives. After nearly two months of waiting, I finally have an answer.

Loot Crate vs Booty Bin

I wanted to answer this question back in April. Loot Crate was more than happy to take my money in exchange for random boxes of geeky goodness. Booty Bin was not. Loot Crate shipped my first order the same month they took my money. Booty Bin did not. Loot Crate answered all of my email and Twitter questions within 24 hours (often within less than 1 hour). Booty Bin never replied to any emails or tweets. In fact, I had my third Loot Crate and a slew of endearing correspondence from their minions before I received my first Booty Bin. Loot Crate doesn’t just win for customer service, it give the competition an embarrassing public spanking.

But hey, maybe Booty Bin just hates product reviewers with passionate cult followings that overlap perfectly with their highly specific niche.

To be fair, let’s compare what you get in each box.

Loot Crate Box Contents

LOOT CRATE

This month, Loot Crate sent me an amusing t-shirt, a pair of 8-bit sunglasses, two stickers, two pieces of candy, a sheet of removable wall tangrams, and a pen – presumably because Bic gave them the pens for free.

The T-Shirt was a really nice touch. I’m constantly voting for shirts on Tee Fury and making wishlists from the shirt selection at Think Geek. The Deadpool Kool-Aid shirt came from Graphic Lab (which also made the awesome Tardis Prime mashup shirt Loot Crate gave away in their Whovian theme box.)  With shipping, the shirt alone was worth $14. I’ve seen similar 8-bit sunglasses at Think Geek for $8. I’ll be generous and say that together, the stickers, 2 small hard candies, and tangrams were worth about $1. The Comikaze coupon code might be useful to some people. At least it fit in thematically. Altogether, I spent $19 for $23 worth of well curated goodies, plus the sheer joy of opening what feels like a geek holiday stocking every single month.

Booty Bin Box Contents

BOOTY BIN

Booty Bin’s box included a graphic novel, two DC Comics Buildables, a Micro Mugg, a small sticker, and an ad.

According to Amazon.com, the Superman vs Zod graphic novel based on the movie is worth $9, the Iron Man Micro Mugg worth $2.25, and the two DC Comics “Buildables” may be worth about 75 cents each (I couldn’t find them for sale individually. It seems these are two pieces from a 6 piece set that sells for around $4.) I couldn’t find anyone selling Vince White signatures on eBay or Amazon, so I can’t put any real value on the signed ad for the new Darklight Studios comic “The Legend of Will Power.” I’ll be generous and give the Avengers taffy and Captain America sticker a combined value of $1 (even though I saw that same taffy when shopping for Dollar Store Drinks.) That adds up to a total value of around $14, for which I spent $29. To their credit, everything does fit well within this month’s “Superhero” theme, but I came away thinking that for $29, I could’ve picked up the first two trades of Brian K. Vaughn’s “Saga” (or darn near any comic that isn’t a cheap movie tie-in) and still had money left over for a complete set of DC Buildables, a whole bag of Avengers Taffy AND an Iron Man Micro Mugg. I bet if I asked nicely my friendly local comic shop owner would even give me a random sticker.

VERDICT

Loot Crate presents itself as a well designed company run by professionals who put some work into making sure your box is worth more than you spent on it. This is the hallmark of any good subscription box. Customers need to think of it as a present. When they open it, their first thought should be, “I never would’ve bought this for myself, but now that it’s mine, I’m so glad I have it.” I feel that way about something in nearly every Loot Crate. (The Vogons will have to pry my Hitchhiker’s Guide towel from my cold, dead, geeky hands.)

Booty Bin, on the other hand, seems like it was put together by bitter people who are convinced you owe them both for the privilege of curating this content and the hassle of shipping it to your house. Instead of something special and rare (like ordering a boatload of t-shirts that were only for sale to the public for one day), they offer a cheap promotional movie tie-in product which I sincerely hope they were given for free alongside a bunch of small stuff they obviously pulled out of larger sets. When the retail value of the box is less than half the actual cost, it feels like a rip-off.

Whichever box you choose, every month you’ll get:

  • 1 big present (such as a t-shirt or graphic novel) worth around $10-14
  • 2 pieces of candy
  • 1-2 stickers
  • a themed ad
  • a small present of variable value

You can get all this for $19.37 with Loot Crate (discounted by $1/month with a 3 month subscription or $1.30/month with a 6 month subscription) or for $29 with Booty Bin.

Between boxes with contents worth more than their retail value, monthly high value promotions for members of their online community, and excellent customer service, Loot Crate is the clear winner. Go play Santa for yourself. You deserve a monthly stocking for being such a good geek.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I neither asked for nor was offered a review box by either Loot Crate or Booty Bin. I paid for both boxes with the intentions of reviewing them fairly then using the contents as prizes here on Kitchen Overlord. The Loot Crate winners have been announced and the Booty Box contents will be included in a Comic Con themed contest beginning June 15th.


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  • Thank you for taking the time to do this review, we really appreciate it and love having you as part of our community! Have a great weekend!

    • yo i got the 3 month subcription and i have not recived my crate soo yeah what should i do since ive been trying to contact u guys directly from ur site and i recived the regular guff

      • Chris-Rachael Oseland

        If they’re not replying to the regular customer service email address, try tweeting them. There’s no reason to think they see comment replies to every review people write about them.

        BTW, I’m not affiliated with Loot Crate (or Nerd Box, or Booty Bin) in any way. I paid for my subscriptions and gave my personal opinion of what I found in the boxes.

        Good luck!

  • Yeah, I had problems with Booty Bin too. My 1st month (steampunk) had never came. Then they didn’t notice that I cancelled and I ended up getting the missed month and the next month together. Don’t wanna bash them, but the customer service is horrible over there.

    Loot Crate has been great since I started that (back in March)

  • Fuck just go on eBay and whatever you want.

  • Beware Booty Bin has the worst customer service. They charge your credit card twice before ever making a shipment. After receiving the December 2013 box which was a complete joke all the items were or are available at the local dollar tree store. It took numerous emails to cancel my subscription, not to mention that they sent a very rude note after canceling my subscription. Don’t waist your time or money Loot Crate and Nerd Block have awesome boxes and I order 3 of each as my children go crazy when they come out.

    • Chris-Rachael Oseland

      I totally agree. Booty Bin seems to be run by some very shady characters. I did a second review of Loot Crate versus Booty Bin versus Nerd Block and I have to say, Loot Crate is still my favorite. They have great customer service and I love the attention that goes into their themed boxes.

      • My mother and I live 400 miles apart. She wanted to get my 15 year old a Booty Bin subscription for Christmas (I already get Loot Crate, so that would have been silly). I emailed the company for her, asking if it was possible to get the first box shipped to my mother in MA so that she could wrap it to have a present for him ON Christmas day, but the subsequent boxes sent to VA. Their customer service actually did email me back…in January. Thanks, Booty Bin, my son is enjoying his Nerdblock very much. I’m glad you could help us make a decision!

      • I got this email Feb 12th. (A month AFTER I was billed for Feb and on the approx day that the bin was SUPPOSED to have arrived if shipped out on the 1st)

        “Thank you for being part of our geeky family. We as a company are currently restructuring. The February Booty Bin has been delayed due to this and an issue with items that were supposed to be included. Don’t worry Booty Bin will still be around and the Feb Bin will be shipped but will likely take 1-2 months until shipping is returned and back on schedule. We have suspended signing new members and billing until we resume in the near future. Thank you again! If you need further help please email us at mail@bootybin.com

        I did get my first bin in Jan and was sorely disappointed as the main item was one of those hex bugs. I was going to get one more, but I doubt it as I’m cancelling until they figure things out and more than likely won’t be back to them. So far Loot Crate and Nerd Block have been great.

  • I signed up for Loot Crate back in October in time for that month’s Survive theme and loved it. Loved the theme of November for the Celebrate Theme and December’s Console Wars theme. (Two shirts, a shot glass, portable speaker, controller protectors, deck of cards, book, and superhero tin so far) and have loved it.
    In November I signed up and received my first Nerd Block. For that month and December, two shirts, jack skellington plush, DC keyring, Iron Man papercraft kit, a Funko Pop vinyl figure of Invisible Bilbo, and a Samurai Inferno watch. (The watch for December alone retails for $50!)
    Also in November I signed up for Booty bin. Too late to receive the December box. But then I had to change my credit card info to a new card. I actually got a decent response back from Loot Crate and Booty Bin i that I had to cancel my subscription and re-subscribe, which I did. (or it was Nerd Block and Booty Bin) and Booty Bin had me contact them to cancel the extra payment I would’ve received on the first bin, which they did…
    HOWEVER, I was charged on the 6th for my next bin, I did not receive my first bin until the 11th, and when I sent a message asking why and how irritating it is being charged when I haven’t yet received my first one, I have yet to receive a reply. I MIGHT get one or two more before I cancel, but I highly doubt it. (will get one more for sure as I was allready charged for it)
    On top of that in the bin, the theme was childhood and though it sorta fits with the theme, nothing really stood out.

    The other difference I want to add (billing date aside) is that with Loot Crate and Nerd Block, you receive an e-mail that it was shipped along with a tracking number. That kind of extra step I love. Booty Bin, alas, did not. ( I would list what came in the bin, but don’t want to spoil it for those awaiting it. Let’s just say, less than $20 maybe.

    After I get my Nerd Block and Loot Crate for this month, I’ll probably end up making a video of the three myself.

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