Geek Girls Rule #371 – Review: Curios and Conundrums from Mysterious Package Co.

Logo for the Mysterious Package Co.

I discovered the Mysterious Package Company  through Neil Patrick Harris’s Instagram, and subscribed to the site on a whim.  Most of their packages are out of my price range, but I was contemplating saving up for one of the less expensive packages, or telling the Geek Husband What Rules and the Best Girlfriend in the world that was what I wanted for a birthday or Christmas.  But then they introduced the Curios and Conundrums  subscription box, and I decided to give it a shot.

For $29.99/month plus shipping they ship you a box of items with a theme.  This month’s was Gods of Madness.  For my Patreon Patrons, I did an unboxing video. But I’ll give you guys a quick review here.

So, it got here the other day, and this one comes in a box printed to look like a book.  It includes a gazette focused on the theme of the box, which is Madness.  There are two separate paper crafts, several stickers mimicking the look of vintage apothecary labels, including everyone’s favorite, Laudanum.  There is phrenology head magnet that you can fill in yourself, an enameled pin featuring a man wearing a top hat, monocle and straight jacket that says “Bedlman,” and a pewter stele with hieroglyphics, tentacles, pincers and claws coming out of it.

I found this box to be a fantastic value.  The pewter stele alone is something I’d expect to spend at least $20 for.  The paper quality for the paper crafts is great.  I did put one of them together while talking on camera, and the other I can’t put together until I find my exacto knives.  And the stickers are super neat.

I can recommend this subscription box for those of you who would like to get yourself of someone else something neat LIKE the things the Mysterious Package Co. but can’t quite justify the price.  It’s a good value, and well put together.

I did experience some shifting in shipping that bent one of the paper craft things, but not irreparably and it was easily fixed.

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2 thoughts on “Geek Girls Rule #371 – Review: Curios and Conundrums from Mysterious Package Co.

  1. I received the first letter, let me start by stating it came to my office, a professional firm, it appears to come from a Law Firm, which we receive several similar letters a week, on face value it looked a little unusual, however we performed a follow up letter addressed to the sender asking for more information, no response.

    Then the second letter arrived, with bits and pieces of correspondence with tales of time travel, completely inappropriate and not believable by anyone with even average intelligence.

    So, the first letter resulted in 2 hours of correspondence directed towards a non-existent entity, costing my firm valuable time and effort assuming it was legitimate, the second letter basically unsolicited junk mail.

    I performed an online search and discovered the “Mysterious Package Company”

    Which essentially creates a mystery by sending repeated bit of information culminating with a box full of trinkets.

    I immediately contacted them and threatened to file a lawsuit if they did not stop sending me garbage, and I did not care who paid for it and regarded it as offensive, they replied that the mailings would cease.

    I have enough to do in my life without playing games and that is all this is, a waste of money and a waste of my time.

    Someone paid $200.00 for what wound up costing my company five times that in lost productivity.

  2. Wow. It sounds like the company itself behaved very professionally when asked to stop.

    Perhaps you should ask around to see who got this for you and ask what the hell they were thinking having this sent to your office. That is hardly the fault of the company, and I think threatening them with a lawsuit right out of the gate was a little disproportionate.

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