Canadians: Win a $25 Gift Certificate From Fortress Geek

Fortress Geek
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One lucky Canadian GeekMom reader will win a $25.00 CAD electronic gift certificate courtesy of Fortress Geek.

Fortress Geek is Canada’s destination to shop for geeky toys and accessories. Fortress Geek launched their online store in May 2013. Canadians enjoy many benefits shopping at Fortress Geeks, including big savings, free shipping on all orders over $100.00 CAD, multiple payment methods including cash, check and money orders, the ability to request items, and much more.

Now, Fortress Geek wants to give one Canadian resident $25.00 to help celebrate their launch.

To enter our giveaway just login to the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email so we can let you know if you win). You can then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up to two entries! If you already like or follow us, you’ll still be entered in the giveaway. A winner will be chosen at random at the end of the contest and their name will be posted right in the Rafflecopter widget so you can check back to see who won.

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Good luck!

Comparison Shopping at Fortress Geek

Fortress Geek
Fortress Geek logo provided by Fortress Geek. Used with permission.

In May 2013, Fortress Geek launched their online store, Canada’s destination to purchase geeky toys and accessories.

I wrote earlier about some of the benefits my fellow Canadians will enjoy when shopping at Fortress Geek, such as saying good-bye to high customs and brokerage fees, free shipping on orders over $100.00 CAD, and multiple payment options, including cash, check, and money order. But what about pricing? How do Fortress Geek’s prices compare to their American competitors?

To answer these questions, let me compare three items that are available at Fortress Geek with one of our favorite U.S. competitors: ThinkGeek.

Star Trek Tek Classic Phaser

Star Trek Phaser
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This prop replica is a must have for any fan of Star Trek: The Original Series. It is a Type I and Type II combination, complete with lights and sounds, with four power settings. These settings include progressive lights and sounds, the light control knob is an on/off switch, it has a flip-up sight, and you can set your phaser to overload. The only thing you cannot do with this phaser is actually fire at Klingons.

Price at Fortress Geek: $42.95 CAD

Price at ThinkGeek: $39.99 USD

The Big Bang Theory Soft Kitty Slippers

Soft Kitty Slippers
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I have to say, I like these slippers more than I thought I would. I have Tribble slippers. I love that the Tribbles purr when I walk. However, the Tribble slippers are a one-size fits all type of deal. So, in order to not send the Tribbles flying as I walk, I have to curl my toes. Now, the Soft Kitty slippers don’t purr, purr, purr when you walk, but they do come in different sizes. Small fits big kids’ 3-5 and women’s 6-7, medium fits men’s 6-7 and women’s 8-9, large fits men’s 8-9 and women’s 10-11.

Price at Fortress Geek: $34.95 CAD

Price at ThinkGeek: $29.99 USD

The Big Bang Theory Bazinga! Mug

Bazinga Mug
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Coffee. It fuels many a geek’s day. If coffee isn’t your thing, I’m sure Sheldon would approve of adding your favorite hot beverage to this mug. Fortress Geek’s product description says that it holds 11 ounces, while ThinkGeek’s description says it holds eight ounces. Both are correct. Filling it with eight ounces of coffee leaves plenty of room for cream and sugar. Filling it with 11 ounces of your hot beverage of choice leaves a one-ounce buffer zone to the mug’s brim.

Price at Fortress Geek: $8.95 CAD

Price at ThinkGeek: $9.99 USD

Now, it’s time for some math.

Even though I would never choose DHL for the shipping method at ThinkGeek, because it is the cheapest method, I’m using that price instead of UPS. For the cost of customs and brokerage fees, I’m using the cost associated with my last ThinkGeek order that had a similar total. The exchange rate is based on the rate for September 15, 2013.

Item Fortress Geek ThinkGeek
Star Trek Phaser $42. 95 CAD $39.99 USD
Soft Kitty Slippers $34.95 CAD $29.99 USD
Bazinga! Mug $8.95 CAD $9.99 USD
Shipping $13.98  CAD (Canada Post) $24.94  USD (DHL)
Subtotal $100.83 CAD $104.91 USD
Adjusted for exchange rate from USD to CAD. N/A $108.47 CAD
Customs and brokerage fees N/A $25.20 CAD
Total $100.83 CAD $133.67 CAD

 

That is a total savings of $32.84 CAD.

If I were to add just a little bit more to my order, I would be eligible for free shipping for even more savings. Or, if I lived in the Vancouver, B.C. area, I could arrange to pick up my order for free.

Next week, I’ll be giving one lucky Canadian GeekMom reader a $25.00 CAD electronic gift certificate, courtesy of Fortress Geek.

GeekMom was provided these items for the purposes of this post.

Canadians: Say Hello to Fortress Geek

Fortress Geek
If you are like me and live in Canada, you may be frustrated when it comes to buying geeky toys and accessories for you and your family. Why? Because most of our favorite online geeky retailers are based in the United States, which means being hit with high shipping costs, plus customs and brokerage fees on most orders exceeding $50.00 USD.

Canadians, you can now say “goodbye” to those fees and say “hello” to Fortress Geek.

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Fortress Geek launched in May 2013.

As Fortress Geek is a new company, they are still building their inventory. Currently, they have just under 400 items from which to choose. These items include toys, clothing, and accessories from our favorite fandoms, including Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory, and Game of Thrones. Fortress Geek is constantly adding to their inventory, nearly doubling their stock since launching in May. If there is something you’d like them to add to their stock, let them know and they’ll see if they can make it so.

Aside from saying goodbye to all those extra costs, Fortress Geek has some other benefits that may excite my fellow Canadians:

  1. Free shipping on all orders over $100.00 CAD.
  2. You can pay with BitCoins, cheque or money order, PayPal, Visa or MasterCard, and American Express or Discover Card via PayPal.
  3. If you live in the Vancouver area, you can wave shipping and arrange to pick up your order at their West 7th Ave location. This option also allows you to pay with cash. If you attempt to drop by the Fortress Geek warehouse without first placing an order online, there is a $2.50 CAD service fee.
  4. For a $5.00 CAD fee, you can have your entire order gift wrapped, with a custom gift message.
  5. Fortress Geek has electronic gift certificates.
  6. Fortress Geek will hold your order, for up to one month, if you want to arrange for your shipment to coincide with some special date. Full payment of the order will be charged when the hold is lifted.
  7. Fortress Geek has weekly sales.
  8. Yes, Fortress Geek will ship internationally, if you want to send gifts to friends who reside outside of Canada.

If you are wondering about savings, I’ll be comparing prices in another post.

I, for one, am excited to welcome Fortress Geek; our new Canadian geek overloards!